American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Being in accordance with, conforming to, or upholding the exact or primary meaning of a word or words.
- adj. Word for word; verbatim: a literal translation.
- adj. Avoiding exaggeration, metaphor, or embellishment; factual; prosaic: a literal description; a literal mind.
- adj. Consisting of, using, or expressed by letters: literal notation.
- adj. Conforming or limited to the simplest, nonfigurative, or most obvious meaning of a word or words.
- n. Computer Science A letter or symbol that stands for itself as opposed to a feature, function, or entity associated with it in a programming language: $ can be a symbol that refers to the end of a line, but as a literal, it is a dollar sign.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Consisting of, expressed by, or representing letters; alphabetic.
- According to the letter of verbal expression. According to iuherent or fundamental purport; free from figure or variation of meaning; exact; precise; primary: as, the literal meaning of words used metaphorically; to use the most literal expressions.
- Following the letter or exact words.
- Exact; especially, mechanically precise: as, the too literal execution of an order.
- Characterized by a tendency to regard everything in a matter-of-fact, unimaginative way: as, a very literal person.
- Synonyms See verbal.
- n. Literal meaning.
- Affecting or relating to a letter: as, literal errors, literal rhymes.
- n. In printing, a literal error; that is, a wrongly placed letter; a misprint.
- adj. Exactly as stated; read or understood without additional interpretation; according to the letter or verbal expression; real; not figurative or metaphorical.
- adj. Following the letter or exact words; not free; not taking liberties.
- adj. uncommon Consisting of, or expressed by, letters.
- n. programming A value, as opposed to an identifier, written into the source code of a computer program.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. According to the letter or verbal expression; real; not figurative or metaphorical.
- adj. Following the letter or exact words; not free.
- adj. Consisting of, or expressed by, letters.
- adj. Giving a strict or literal construction; unimaginative; matter-of-fact; -- applied to persons.
- n. obsolete Literal meaning.
- adj. avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis)
- adj. without interpretation or embellishment
- adj. being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
- adj. limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text
- n. a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind
- From Old French literal, from Late Latin litteralis, also literalis ("of or pertaining to letters or to writing"), from Latin littera, litera ("a letter"); see letter. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin litterālis, of letters, from Latin littera, lītera, letter; see letter. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“‘Lateral thinking’ would be helped, too, by the neural arrangement in the right brain—the sideways extension of axons even makes the phrase literal rather than figurative.”
“Nevertheless, I'm attracted to the term literal because it leads to another useful concept, "liberal" cartooning.”
“She's "a girl cut in two," still infatuated with the man who rejected her, and Chabrol makes the title literal when she becomes part of a magic act in the final scene.”
“But an alarm should sound whenever the word "literal" is used in this context, whether as a badge of pride "I just believe in reading the Bible literally" or as a hint that low-browed fundamentalists are lurking nearby.”
“The use of the word literal is so egregiously wrong, I thought perhaps it had to be on purpose.”
“My rooskie translations for habeas corpus, by the way, can be rendered in literal English as “let it be so, that they shall present the soul,” and “(we decree) that thou should bring forth thebody.””
“Yet thanks to the misapplication of science to religious faith, we remain literal-minded and spiritually immature, frightened of the silence and solitude in which the Ancient of Days, the Unnameable, might be experienced, though never understood.”
“The film, for all its realism, is a kind of parable; the opera, and its Brazilian-born director Ron Daniels, often underscored its points with a certain literal-mindedness.”
“If only an army (Im in literal disbelief that Im writing this) were stationed on the border between Mexico and the U. S then the problem of illegal immigration will cease to exist.”
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