metaphor

met"a*phor`

(mt"*fr` or mt"*fr), n. [F. mtaphore, L. metaphora, fr. Gr. metafora`, fr. metafe`rein to carry over, transfer; meta` beyond, over + fe`rein to bring, bear.] (Rhet.) The transference of the relation between one set of objects to another set for the purpose of brief explanation; a compressed simile; e. g., the ship plows the sea. Abbott & Seeley. "All the world's a stage." Shak.
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The statement, "that man is a fox," is a metaphor; but "that man is like a fox," is a simile, similitude, or comparison.
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Met`a*phor"ic

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Met`a*phor"ic*al

(?), } a. [Gr. : cf. F. mtaphorique.] Of or pertaining to metaphor; comprising a metaphor; not literal; figurative; tropical; as, a metaphorical expression; a metaphorical sense. -- Met`a*phor"ic*al*ly, adv. -- Met`a*phor"ic*al*ness, n.
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