from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Based on or making use of figures of speech; metaphorical: figurative language.
- adj. Containing many figures of speech; ornate.
- adj. Represented by a figure or resemblance; symbolic or emblematic.
- adj. Of or relating to artistic representation by means of animal or human figures.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Metaphorical or tropical, as opposed to literal; using figures; as of the use of "cats and dogs" in the phrase "It's raining cats and dogs".
- adj. Metaphorically so called
- adj. With many figures of speech
- adj. Emblematic
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Representing by a figure, or by resemblance; typical; representative.
- adj. Used in a sense that is tropical, as a metaphor; not literal; -- applied to words and expressions.
- adj. Abounding in figures of speech; flowery; florid.
- adj. Relating to the representation of form or figure by drawing, carving, etc. See Figure, n., 2.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Representing by means of a figure; manifesting or suggesting by resemblance; typical; emblematic.
- Of the nature of or involving a figure of rhetoric; used in a metaphorical or tropical sense; metaphorical; not literal.
- Abounding with figures of speech; ornate; flowery; florid: as, a description highly figurative.
- In music, same as figurate, 3.
- In geometry, at infinity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech
- adj. consisting of or forming human or animal figures
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