American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- conj. In the same way that it would be if: looked as if she were made of ice.
- conj. That: It seemed as if the meeting would never end.
- conj. As though; in a manner suggesting.
- conj. In mimicry of.
- interj. idiomatic Refers to something that the speaker deems highly unlikely.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. of the same kind, or in the same condition or manner, that it would be if.
- conj. See under As, But.
“But I couldn't refuse the job either, I thought, because I, too, felt a nagging sense of guilt over Grace Peltier, as if I somehow owed her at least the time it would take to talk to her father.”
“Arthur Franklin sounded kind of nervous, as if there was somebody standing in the shadows behind him brandishing a length of rubber hose.”
“Dark brown eyes that were far too small for his face peered out from beneath strange hoods of flesh, as if the skin had been pulled down from his forehead and up from his cheeks, then stitched in place by the corners of his eyes.”
“It was as if I were the unreal one, the phantasm, and James Jessop who was flesh and blood, skin and bone.”
“John Strzemp blinked at the board as if not, for a moment, wanting to accept what his own eyes were telling him.”
“While the dollar tippers drinking longnecks sat around the empty stage in front, scratching their heads in annoyance, the little stage in the VIP lounge had women jockeying for a piece of the action as if they were at a 90 percent-off sale of Gucci handbags.”
“Mr. Pudd's nostrils flared, as if he could smell her fear and disgust.”
“Instead, they maintained a watchful, vaguely malevolent quality, as if some entity had taken over the body of this odd, dated-looking man, hollowing out his form and controlling his progress by looking through the empty sockets in his head.”
“While other players were quietly contemplating big-money decisions, Robison would gab away nonstop, acting for all the world as if he were in a penny-ante coffee-klatch game.”
“Ragle's façade finally shattered completely, as if the mention of Pudd's name had finally brought home the reality of the threat he was facing.”
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