What does metaphor mean?

Definitions for metaphor
ˈmɛt əˌfɔr, -fərmetaphor

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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 isn't, 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.

    Etymology: From metaphora, from μεταφορά, from μεταφέρω, from μετά + φέρω

  2. metaphor(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [F. mtaphore, L. metaphora, fr. Gr. metafora`, fr. metafe`rein to carry over, transfer; meta` beyond, over + fe`rein to bring, bear.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Metaphor

    met′a-fur, n. a transference of meaning, the putting of one thing for another which it only resembles, as when words are said to be bitter: an implicit simile.—adjs. Metaphor′ic, -al, pertaining to, or containing, metaphor: figurative.—adv. Metaphor′ically.—ns. Metaphor′icalness; Met′aphorist.—Mixed metaphor, an expression in which two or more metaphors are confused, where one only is capable of being intelligibly evolved or conceived objectively, as Cromwell's 'God has kindled a seed in this nation.' [Fr.,—Gr. metaphorametaphereinmeta, over, pherein, to carry.]

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

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How to say metaphor in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of metaphor in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of metaphor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of metaphor in a Sentence

  1. Richard Haass:

    You have civil wars, you have proxy wars. You have regional wars all in one, and these things have so many logs on the fire, to use the metaphor, that they ... burn and burn and burn for a long time.

  2. Bruno Dumont:

    The carnival is a real tradition in the North. What you have to do is look under these characters who are larger than life, cinema is a metaphor. So what is local becomes a metaphor. So I don't see a problem in making a very French film that at the same time, because it is very French, will become an international film.

  3. Kanye West:

    I was so self-conscious about the nanny and the housekeeper that I didn't want them to hear me screaming in the living room, i think that that's such a metaphor of something for the existence of so-called well-off people that they're not really well-off -- they won't even scream in their own house.

  4. Shoryu Bradley:

    Zazen is the dragons roar. This dragons roar is the wind passing and whistling through a hollow tree. This can be a metaphor for your Zazen practice and or even your life. If you can let go, greatly let go, this dragons roar can manifest through you. It is much bigger than the individual.

  5. Nathaniel Dominy:

    [Godzilla] is this ever-useful metaphor for whatever kinds of existential threat we fear as a collective culture, whether its nuclear bombs or climate change.

Images & Illustrations of metaphor

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