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language that contains or uses , especially metaphors.

speech or writing that departs from literal meaning in order to achieve a special effect or meaning, speech or writing employing figures of speech


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    [fig-yer; especially British fig-er] /ˈfɪg yər; especially British ˈfɪg ər/ noun 1. a numerical symbol, especially an Arabic numeral. 2. an amount or value expressed in numbers. 3. figures, the use of numbers in calculating; arithmetic: to be poor at figures. 4. a written symbol other than a letter. 5. form or shape, as determined […]

  • Figuratively

    [fig-yer-uh-tiv] /ˈfɪg yər ə tɪv/ adjective 1. of the nature of or involving a , especially a metaphor; metaphorical and not literal: The word “head” has several figurative senses, as in “She’s the head of the company.”. Synonyms: metaphorical, not literal, symbolic. 2. metaphorically so called: His remark was a figurative boomerang. 3. abounding in […]

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    figure and ground n. An aspect of perception in which the perceived is separated into at least two parts, each with different attributes but each influencing the other.

  • Figured

    [fig-yerd] /ˈfɪg yərd/ adjective 1. ornamented with a device or pattern: figured silk; figured wallpaper. 2. formed or shaped: figured stones. 3. represented by a pictorial or sculptured figure: The god is figured as part man, part beast. 4. Music. 5. figurative, as language. [fig-yer; especially British fig-er] /ˈfɪg yər; especially British ˈfɪg ər/ noun […]

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