- 1A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable: when we speak of gene maps and gene mapping, we use a cartographic metaphor [mass noun]: her poetry depends on suggestion and metaphorMore example sentences
- Images are often presented through figures of speech like simile and metaphor.
- It is his method of organising words, images and metaphors to create the particular effect he seeks to achieve.
- Her daily speech is sprinkled with metaphors and witty turns of phrase.
- 1.1A thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else: the amounts of money being lost by the company were enough to make it a metaphor for an industry that was teeteringMore example sentences
- The torso also includes the heart, a metaphor for your vital life force, as well as representing the bonds of love.
- I had also meant for this story to be a metaphor for my own life as I knew it and saw it.
- In the story, this inability to finish a picture is a metaphor for being reluctant to commit to a relationship.
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- The manipulated photographs are totally seamless and their metaphoric power is matched only by their technical expertise.
- This sort of stuff floats my boat, to be metaphoric.
- The metaphoric play of visual codes continually shifts from the record of barricades to the formal signage of lines within frames.
late 15th century: from French métaphore, via Latin from Greek metaphora, from metapherein 'to transfer'.