golden mean


Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to golden mean: Golden rectangle

golden mean

n.
The course between extremes.

golden mean

n
1. the middle course between extremes
2. (Art Terms) another term for golden section

gold′en mean′


n.
the perfect moderate course or position that avoids extremes; the happy medium.
[1580–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.golden mean - the proportional relation between two divisions of line or two dimension of a plane figure such that short : long :: long : (short + long)
proportion - the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole
2.golden mean - the middle between extremes
moderation, moderateness - quality of being moderate and avoiding extremes
References in classic literature ?
'Tis foolishness, I ween, To overstep in aught the golden mean.
Before the golden mean was found, however, Meg added to her domestic possessions what young couples seldom get on long without, a family jar.
Yet he was "not puffed up in prosperity, nor shaken in adversity, always holding the golden mean."*
It appeared, on further questioning--for it was only by a very long and arduous process that all this could be got out of Newman Noggs-- that Newman, in explanation of his shabby appearance, had represented himself as being, for certain wise and indispensable purposes connected with that intrigue, in disguise; and, being questioned how he had come to exceed his commission so far as to procure an interview, he responded, that the lady appearing willing to grant it, he considered himself bound, both in duty and gallantry, to avail himself of such a golden means of enabling Nicholas to prosecute his addresses.
'Literary evolution' which has remained a great favourite of our critics as 'irtiqa' is a limited concept when applied in such a context, but Jalibi managed to find the golden mean. He conveys a sense of the chronological continuity of individual authors, at the same time highlighting the social processes which add layers of meaning to literary works.
The Greek philosoper Aristotle espoused the golden mean. Moral behavior is the mean between two extremes; at one end is excess, at the other deficiency.
Being at the Seminary again, Bob went on about the prospect of all men being good in the search for the golden mean. Universal ethical behaviour, the moral imperative, you bet.
Muslims should try to achieve and maintain the golden mean, as practiced by the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam, in all aspects of his life.
The country currently belongs to the biggest contributors to the EU budget.The current proposal is the golden mean of all member states interests, Viacutet Havelka, analyst with the Czech think tank Europeum, told The Slovak Spectator.
Since there was huge difference in quantum of loss, the principle of Golden Mean adopted by Hon'ble National Commission in the case of Rawal Bros.
The Golden Mean. So what is the golden mean when it comes to national security decision-making?
I taught a course on the sonnet several times, and one of the things that impresses me about the sonnet is that it apparently came into existence as a way to replicate the perfect proportions of Greek temples and of the golden mean. So, when the Petrarchan sonnet was invented, it was an attempt to create a poem with perfect proportions.