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- adv. In a metaphoric manner; not literally; by means of metaphor.
- adv. Used to draw attention that what follows is a metaphor, not to be taken literally
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a metaphorical manner or sense; by way of metaphor; not literally.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in a metaphorical manner
On the other hand, to say that a hurricane is a steam motor is not to use the term metaphorically, but literally: one is saying that the hurricane embodies the same engineering diagram as a steam motor: it uses a reservoir of heat and operates via differences of temperature circulated through a Carnot cycle.
Perhaps they mean to use the term metaphorically, but in the Nixon White House there was an actual list, compiled by Chuck Colson at the behest of John Dean.
The Greeks called the island Ichnussa, or footprint, because of its shape, but Sardinia's central location makes the term metaphorically appropriate as well.
His discovery includes an utterance that metaphorically is somewhat connected to a scientific view of the beginnings:
Much as I am in favor of a politician doing in reality what they usually do metaphorically, is this really news?
The people of Ayodhya (metaphorically translates to a place of no war) welcomed the trio by lighting rows (avali) of lamps (deepa), hence the name of the festival, Deepavali, or Diwali.
a man has used a term metaphorically, or predicated it of itself as though it were something different.
Labrousse wasn’t using the expression metaphorically.
Thomas Hardy's ashes are also interred at Westminster, save his heart and I don't mean that metaphorically, which is buried in Dorset.
There's been a breakthrough, and we do not use that word metaphorically, in the story of 33 Chilean miners who've been trapped underground since August 5th.