Definition of Golden mean

1. Noun. The proportional relation between two divisions of line or two dimension of a plane figure such that short : long :: long : (short + long).

Exact synonyms: Golden Section
Generic synonyms: Proportion

2. Noun. The middle between extremes.
Generic synonyms: Moderateness, Moderation

Definition of Golden mean

1. Noun. A position of balance between good and evil. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Golden Mean

golden goals
golden goose
golden gram
golden groundsel
golden hamster
golden hamsters
golden handcuffs
golden handshake
golden heather
golden hello
golden honey plant
golden ironweed
golden larch
golden maidenhair
golden marguerite
golden mean (current term)
golden means
golden mole
golden oak mushroom
golden oldie
golden oldies
golden opportunities
golden opportunity
golden oriole
golden palace monkey
golden palace monkeys
golden parachute
golden parachutes
golden pea
golden pheasant

Literary usage of Golden mean

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Senescence, the Last Half of Life by Granville Stanley Hall (1922)
"... and higher type of old age—Aristotle's golden mean and the magnanimous man—The age of disillusion—Increased power of synthesis —Nature's balance between ..."

2. Child-Placing in Families: A Manual for Students and Social Workers by William Henry Slingerland (1918)
"The golden mean. Adequate supervision does not mean the same thing in different ... Somewhere between the extremes is the golden mean that expresses good ..."

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