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- n. A construction in which a modifier with meaning associated with one word appears grammatically applied to another, often used as literary device.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A figure consisting of a transference of attributes from their proper subjects to others. Thus Virgil says, “dare classibus austros,” to give the winds to the fleets, instead of dare classibus austris, to give the fleets to the winds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In grammar and rhetoric, a figure which consists in inversion of syntactical relation between two words, each assuming the construction which in accordance with ordinary usage would have been assigned to the Other.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. reversal of the syntactic relation of two words (as in `her beauty's face')
From Latin hypallage, from Ancient Greek ὑπαλλαγή, from ὑπό ("hypo-") + ἀλλάσσειν ("to exchange"). (Wiktionary)