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  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process
    Submitted by MedAminebenabou from Morocco on 21/01/2017
  2. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold

    While doctors operate, she hangs suspended in the liminal space between life and death (Jeremy Eichler).

    Submitted by MedAminebenabou from Morocco on 21/01/2017


a rainbow produced when water droplets in the air reflect light from the moon rather than the sun

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a way of doing business that involves recruiting large numbers of people who work for themselves using the company's platform, as used by companies such as Uber, Deliveroo and the like

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