What does literal mean?

Definitions for literal
ˈlɪt ər əllit·er·al

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word literal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. misprint, erratum, typographical error, typo, literal error, literal(adj)

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

  2. actual, genuine, literal, real(adj)

    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. literal(adj)

    without interpretation or embellishment

    "a literal depiction of the scene before him"

  4. literal(adj)

    limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text

    "a literal translation"

  5. literal(adj)

    avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis)

    "it's the literal truth"

Wiktionary

  1. literal(Noun)

    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. literal(Noun)

    A propositional variable or the negation of a propositional variable.

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

  3. literal(Adjective)

    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. literal(Adjective)

    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. literal(Adjective)

    Consisting of, or expressed by, letters.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Literal(adj)

    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. Literal(adj)

    following the letter or exact words; not free

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

  3. Literal(adj)

    consisting of, or expressed by, letters

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

  4. Literal(adj)

    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. Literal(noun)

    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. Alex Morgan:

    When you look at 2016, we had a lot (of the) players that we have now but those are players that barely had 10 caps on the team up to that point. Now I think (the team) is a little more experienced, i understand that when you look at literal terms yes we're defending champions, but I don't feel like going into this tournament we're looking at defending anything because this is four years we're talking about. There's so many things that can change.

  2. Joe Biden:

    I have never heard anyone say with any serious background in foreign policy, 'Pull all troops out of the Middle East', if she meant pulling our fleet out of the eastern Mediterranean or the Persian Gulf, I think it will be an absolute disaster for American security and American foreign policy ... I hope she didn't mean in a literal sense.

  3. Ivana Trump:

    I felt violated, as the love and tenderness, which he normally exhibited towards me, was absent, i referred to this as a 'rape,' but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.

  4. Pastor Blair:

    I am beside myself with frustration that our tax dollars go to promote a drag queen show and safe sex events with carnival games that are obscene and graphic, yet when it comes to something like debating Darwinian evolution or talking about the literal Creation account of Genesis – well that kind of speech must be censored.

  5. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    When choosing a literal brand name, make sure it draws a clear association to the product or service you provide.

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