What does literal mean?

Definitions for literal
ˈlɪt ər əllit·er·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. misprint, erratum, typographical error, typo, literal error, literaladjective

    a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind

  2. actual, genuine, literal, realadjective

    being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something

    "her actual motive"; "a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton; "a genuine dilemma"

  3. literaladjective

    without interpretation or embellishment

    "a literal depiction of the scene before him"

  4. literaladjective

    limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text

    "a literal translation"

  5. literaladjective

    avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis)

    "it's the literal truth"

Wiktionary

  1. literalnoun

    A value, as opposed to an identifier, written into the source code of a computer program.

    Etymology: From literal, from litteralis, also literalis, from littera, litera; see letter.

  2. literalnoun

    A propositional variable or the negation of a propositional variable.

    Etymology: From literal, from litteralis, also literalis, from littera, litera; see letter.

  3. literaladjective

    Exactly as stated; read or understood without additional interpretation; according to the letter or verbal expression; real; not figurative or metaphorical.

    The literal translation is u201Chands full of bananasu201D but it means empty-handed.

    Etymology: From literal, from litteralis, also literalis, from littera, litera; see letter.

  4. literaladjective

    Following the letter or exact words; not free; not taking liberties.

    A literal reading of the law would prohibit it, but that is clearly not the intent.

    Etymology: From literal, from litteralis, also literalis, from littera, litera; see letter.

  5. literaladjective

    Consisting of, or expressed by, letters.

    Etymology: From literal, from litteralis, also literalis, from littera, litera; see letter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Literaladjective

    according to the letter or verbal expression; real; not figurative or metaphorical; as, the literal meaning of a phrase

    Etymology: [F. litral, littral, L. litteralis, literalis, fr. littera, litera, a letter. See Letter.]

  2. Literaladjective

    following the letter or exact words; not free

    Etymology: [F. litral, littral, L. litteralis, literalis, fr. littera, litera, a letter. See Letter.]

  3. Literaladjective

    consisting of, or expressed by, letters

    Etymology: [F. litral, littral, L. litteralis, literalis, fr. littera, litera, a letter. See Letter.]

  4. Literaladjective

    giving a strict or literal construction; unimaginative; matter-of fast; -- applied to persons

    Etymology: [F. litral, littral, L. litteralis, literalis, fr. littera, litera, a letter. See Letter.]

  5. Literalnoun

    literal meaning

    Etymology: [F. litral, littral, L. litteralis, literalis, fr. littera, litera, a letter. See Letter.]

Freebase

  1. Literal

    In mathematical logic, a literal is an atomic formula or its negation. The definition mostly appears in proof theory, e.g. in conjunctive normal form and the method of resolution. Literals can be divided into two types: ⁕A positive literal is just an atom. ⁕A negative literal is the negation of an atom. For a literal, the complementary literal is a literal corresponding to the negation of, we can write to denote the complementary literal of . More precisely, if then is and if then is . In the context of a formula in the conjunctive normal form, a literal is pure if the literal's complement does not appear in the formula.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Literal

    lit′ėr-al, adj. according to the letter: plain: not figurative or metaphorical: following the letter or exact meaning, word for word.—v.t. Lit′eralise.—ns. Lit′eraliser; Lit′eralism, strict adherence to the letter: interpretation that is merely verbal: (art) exact and unimaginative rendering of objects; Lit′eralist; Literal′ity.—adv. Lit′erally.—n. Lit′eralness. [Fr.,—L. literalislitera, a letter.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of literal in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of literal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of literal in a Sentence

  1. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    Darkness is clever, insidious, and patient. It wants to win. And it wins by snuffing out the light. It’s so literal that you can’t stand it.

  2. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld:

    Jamie Dimon is the literal JPMorgan of the modern world, there is no more feared or revered person today in the world of finance than Jamie Dimon.

  3. Lauret Savoy:

    I’ve struggled to find a word that could hold in its meaning both the attack and my experience of it. The closest I found is this: ‘severe or excruciating pain or suffering (of body or mind); anguish, agony, torment; the infliction of such.’ This is a definition of torture, for four hours I experienced literal torture of body and of mind, not knowing if I would survive the next minute—yet needing to find some way to save my life.

  4. Ben Sasse:

    The way he kisses dictators' butts. I mean, the way he ignores that the Uyghurs are in literal concentration camps in Xinjiang right now. He hasn't lifted a finger on behalf of the Hong Kongers, the United States now regularly sells out our allies under his leadership. The way he treats women and spends like a drunken sailor. The ways I criticized President( Barack) Obama for that kind of spending I've criticized President Trump for as well. He mocks evangelicals behind closed doors. His family has treated the presidency like a business opportunity. He's flirted with White supremacists.

  5. Rachel Morrison:

    My goal was to have certain moments line up with the words, while leaving others less literal.

Images & Illustrations of literal

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