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Noun
/ˈmetəˌfôr/,/-fər/,
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metaphors, plural;
  1. A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable
    • - “I had fallen through a trapdoor of depression,” said Mark, who was fond of theatrical metaphors
    • - her poetry depends on suggestion and metaphor
  2. A thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else, esp. something abstract
    • - the amounts of money being lost by the company were enough to make it a metaphor for an industry that was teetering

  1. a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
  2. (metaphorical) expressing one thing in terms normally denoting another; "a metaphorical expression"; "metaphoric language"
  3. A metaphor is a figure of speech that constructs an analogy between two things or ideas; the analogy is conveyed by the use of a metaphorical word in place of some other word. For example: "Her eyes were glistening jewels". ...
  4. The use of a word or phrase to refer to something that it isn’t, invoking a direct similarity between the word or phrase used and the thing described, but in the case of English without the words like or as, which would imply a simile; The word or phrase used in this way. An implied comparison
  5. A metaphoric e-learning environment aims to simulate all or part of an actual workplace. This can be an economical and effective way to provide learners with authentic problem based learning activities. ...
  6. (METAPHORS) They’re wonderful things. But they must be universal, so must readers can connect. Here’s a good one from the Wall Street Journal: Breeding fruit flies with oddball traits–orange eyes or curly wings–is as easy as selecting options on a new Camaro.
  7. (Metaphors) The changing of communications in ways that the true meanings are still there but different messages may appear on the surface. Metaphor is a play on words.
  8. (Metaphors) They can include similes, allegories, anecdotes, stories and comparisons that help illustrate a concept. While mnemonics aid memory, metaphors increase understanding.
  9. A figure of speech in which two things are compared, usually by saying one thing is another, or by substituting a more descriptive word for the more common or usual word that would be expected. ...
  10. A comparison of two different things which states that the two are actually the same thing, often through a form of the verb "to be." The metaphor "Black Poets / Are / The Trumpets of Black Warriors," for example, is used by Etheridge Knight in his poem For Black Poets Who Think of Suicide.
  11. image in which one thing is substituted for another, or the quality of one object is identified with another. The sun, for Shakespeare, becomes ‘the eye of heaven’.
  12. A figure of speech wherein a comparison is made between two unlike quantities without the use of the words "like" or "as. ...
  13. A figure of speech that makes a comparison between two things that are basically different but have something in common. Unlike a simile, a metaphor does not contain the words like or as. See Figurative language, Figure of speech, Simile
  14. ideogram using similitude between the object of the symbol and the idea expressed (the eye of a hawk is vision), Champollion's third category of Egyptian hieroglyphs.
  15. a comparison that is made literally, either by a verb (for example, John Keats' "Beauty is truth, truth beauty" from his "Ode on a Grecian Urn") or, less obviously, by a combination of adjective and noun, noun and verb, etc. ...
  16. A relation between two symbols, which may be simple juxtaposition (literal metaphor), a rhetorical statement of likeness or similarity (descriptive metaphor), an analogy of proportion among four terms (formal metaphor), an identity of an individual with its class (concrete universal or ...
  17. a word or phrase that means one thing and is used for referring to another thing in order to emphasize their similar qualities
  18. a word which does not precisely or literally refer to the entity to which it is supposed to refer. Metaphors are sometimes thought to exist only in works of literature, but is actually prevalent in language in general. ...
  19. Metaphor is an implied comparison that brings together two dissimilar objects, persons, or ideas. Unlike a simile, which uses the words like or as, a metaphor directly identifies an obscure or difficult subject with another that is easier to understand. ...
  20. A comparison or analogy stated in such a way as to imply that one object is another one, figuratively speaking. When we speak of "the ladder of success," we imply that being successful is much like climbing a ladder to a higher and better position. ...
  21. application of a word or phrase to an object or concept in order to suggest a comparison.
  22. A direct comparison saying something is actually something else. The comparison is figurative and not literal, meaning it is simply intended to build up an image in the mind. Metaphors are very effective and used frequently in fictional texts. ...
  23. an implicit comparison or identification of one thing with another unlike itself without the use of a verbal sign (such as "like" or "as"= a simile will use the construction "like" or "as")
  24. A comparison between two objects with the intent of giving clearer meaning to one of them. Often forms of the "to be" verb are used, such as "is" or "was", to make the comparison.
  25. The comparison of one thing to another that does not use the terms like or as. Metaphors use a form of the verb “to be” to establish a comparison. A metaphor from Shakespeare’s Macbeth: “Life is but a walking shadow.”