Found 2 items, similar to Golden mean.
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Definition: golden mean
n 1: the proportional relation between two divisions of line or
two dimension of a plane figure such that short : long
:: long : (short + long) [syn: golden section
2: the middle between extremes
English → English
Definition: Golden mean
(g[=o]ld"'n), a. [OE. golden; cf. OE. gulden,
AS. gylden, from gold. See Gold
, and cf. Guilder
1. Made of gold; consisting of gold.
2. Having the color of gold; as, the golden grain.
3. Very precious; highly valuable; excellent; eminently
auspicious; as, golden opinions.
(a) The fabulous age of primeval simplicity and purity of
manners in rural employments, followed by the silver age
, bronze age
, and iron age
(b) (Roman Literature) The best part (B. C. 81 -- A. D.
14) of the classical period of Latinity; the time when
Cicero, C[ae]sar, Virgil, etc., wrote. Hence:
(c) That period in the history of a literature, etc., when
it flourishes in its greatest purity or attains its
greatest glory; as, the Elizabethan age has been
considered the golden age of English literature.
, three gilt balls used as a sign of a
pawnbroker's office or shop; -- originally taken from the
coat of arms of Lombardy, the first money lenders in
London having been Lombards.
. See under Bull
, an edict.
(Bot.), the shrub Cytisus Laburnum
, so named
from its long clusters of yellow blossoms.
(Bot.), an aquatic plant (Orontium aquaticum
), bearing a thick spike of minute yellow
(Bot.), the buttercup.
(Zo["o]l.), a large and powerful eagle
) inhabiting Europe, Asia, and
North America. It is so called from the brownish yellow
tips of the feathers on the head and neck. A dark variety
is called the royal eagle
; the young in the second year
is the ring-tailed eagle
(a) (Mythol.) The fleece of gold fabled to have been taken
from the ram that bore Phryxus through the air to
Colchis, and in quest of which Jason undertook the
(b) (Her.) An order of knighthood instituted in 1429 by
Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy; -- called also
, a bribe; a fee. [Slang]
(Bot.), a South African shrubby composite plant
with golden yellow flowers, the Chrysocoma Coma-aurea
(Hist.), a tribe of Mongolian Tartars who
overran and settled in Southern Russia early in the 18th
, a hagiology (the “Aurea Legenda”
by James de Voragine, Archbishop of Genoa, in the 13th
century, translated and printed by Caxton in 1483, and
partially paraphrased by Longfellow in a poem thus
, the way of wisdom and safety between extremes;
sufficiency without excess; moderation.
Angels guard him in the golden mean. --Pope.
(Zo["o]l), one of several South African
Insectivora of the family Chrysochlorid[ae]
moles in form and habits. The fur is tinted with green,
purple, and gold.
(Chronol.), a number showing the year of the
lunar or Metonic cycle. It is reckoned from 1 to 19, and
is so called from having formerly been written in the
calendar in gold.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Oriole
. See under Pheasant
, a kind of apple, of a bright yellow color.
(Zo["o]l.), one of several species of
plovers, of the genus Charadrius
, esp. the European
, syn. Charadrius pluvialis
called also yellow plover
, black-breasted plover
, and whistling plover
. The common American
species (Charadrius dominicus
) is also called
, and bullhead
. (Zo["o]l.) See Baltimore oriole
, in Vocab.
(R. C. Ch.), a gold or gilded rose blessed by
the pope on the fourth Sunday in Lent, and sent to some
church or person in recognition of special services
rendered to the Holy See.
(a) The rule of doing as we would have others do to us.
Cf. --Luke vi. 31.
(b) The rule of proportion, or rule of three.
(Bot.), a composite plant (Inula crithmoides
), found on the seashore of Europe.
(Bot.), a low herb with yellow flowers
), blossoming in wet
places in early spring.
(Bot.), a perennial ranunculaceous herb
), with a thick knotted rootstock
and large rounded leaves.
Golden sulphide of antimony
, or Golden sulphuret of antimony
(Chem.), the pentasulphide of antimony, a golden or
orange yellow powder.
(Zo["o]l.), a common American wood warbler
); -- called also blue-eyed yellow warbler
, garden warbler
, and summer yellow bird
(Zo["o]l.), a bright-colored hymenopterous
insect, of the family Chrysidid[ae]
. The colors are
golden, blue, and green.
. See under Wedding