Definitions for metaphorˈmɛt əˌfɔr, -fər

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word metaphor

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

met•a•phorˈmɛt əˌfɔr, -fər(n.)

  1. the application of a word or phrase to an object or concept it does not literally denote, suggesting comparison to that object or concept, as in "A mighty fortress is our God."

    Category: Rhetoric

  2. something used or regarded as being used to represent something else; symbol:

    the novel's use of the city as a metaphor for isolation.

Origin of metaphor:

1525–35; < L < Gk metaphorá a transfer, n. der. of metaphérein to transfer. See meta -, -phore

met`a•phor′i•cal•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. metaphor(noun)

    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

Wiktionary

  1. metaphor(Noun)

    The use of a word or phrase to refer to something that it isnu2019t, 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.

  2. metaphor(Noun)

    The word or phrase used in this way. An implied comparison.

  3. Origin: From metaphora, from μεταφορά, from μεταφέρω, from μετά + φέρω

Webster Dictionary

  1. Metaphor(noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Metaphor

    A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another otherwise unrelated object. Metaphor is a type of analogy and is closely related to other rhetorical figures of speech that achieve their effects via association, comparison or resemblance including allegory, hyperbole, and simile. In simpler terms, a metaphor compares two objects or things without using the words "like" or "as". One of the most prominent examples of a metaphor in English literature is the All the world's a stage monologue from As You Like It: This quote is a metaphor because the world is not literally a stage. By figuratively asserting that the world is a stage, Shakespeare uses the points of comparison between the world and a stage to convey an understanding about the mechanics of the world and the lives of the people within it.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Metaphor

    The application of a concept to that which it is not literally the same but which suggests a resemblance and comparison. Medical metaphors were widespread in ancient literature; the description of a sick body was often used by ancient writers to define a critical condition of the State, in which one corrupt part can ruin the entire system. (From Med Secoli Arte Sci, 1990;2(3):abstract 331)

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'metaphor' in Nouns Frequency: #2660


Translations for metaphor

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

metaphor(noun)

a form of expression (not using `like' or `as')in which a quality or characteristic is given to a person or thing by using a name, image, adjective etc normally used of something else which has similar qualities etc

`He's a tiger when he's angry' is an example of (a) metaphor.

Get even more translations for metaphor »

Translation

Find a translation for the metaphor definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these metaphor definitions with the community:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"metaphor." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 25 Jul 2014. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/metaphor>.

Are we missing a good definition for metaphor?


The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations


A Member Of The STANDS4 Network


Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for metaphor: