golden mean

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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]
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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 ?
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.
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.