• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Literator A learned person; a literatus.
    • Literator A person devoted to the study of literary trifles, esp. trifles belonging to the literature of a former age. "That class of subjects which are interesting to the regular literator or black-letter “ bibliomane,” simply because they have once been interesting."
    • Literator One who teaches the letters or elements of knowledge; a petty schoolmaster.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The stomach of an adult can hold 1.5 liters of material
    • n literator A petty schoolmaster; a dabbler in learning.
    • n literator A man of literary culture; a man of letters; a literary man.
    • n literator One who concerns himself with verbal and textual criticism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every day the human stomach produces about 2 liters of hydrochloric acid
    • n Literator a dabbler in learning: a man of letters, a literary man—sometimes in the French form Littérateur
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  • Glenn Close
    Glenn Close
    “I really think that effective acting has to do literally with the movement of molecules.”
  • Antonin Artaud
    “No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “The imagination is literally the workshop wherein are fashioned all plans created by man.”
  • Paul Mccartney
    Paul Mccartney
    “Somebody said to me, But the Beatles were anti-materialistic. That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, Now, let's write a swimming pool.”
  • Brian Friel
    Brian Friel
    “It is not the literal past, the facts of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language.”
  • Anita Brookner
    “Romanticism is not just a mode; it literally eats into every life. Women will never get rid of just waiting for the right man.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. litterator, literator,. See Letter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. literarius.


In literature:

Hardly were the words out of his mouth when the heavens were lit up again till they literally seemed to flame.
"Allan's Wife" by H. Rider Haggard
But he looked, in spite of it, literally apprehensive and consistently strenuous.
"The Portrait of a Lady" by Henry James
Gray and deep-set under bushy brows, they literally looked you through.
"Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Literally, a heap of stones; here put poetically for the rocky point which the falcon takes as a look-out.
"The Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott
My father, at the death of his father, was but six years of age, and he grew up literally without education.
"The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Complete" by Abraham Lincoln
As my feelings have never changed, I can repeat literally what I have said.
"Within an Inch of His Life" by Emile Gaboriau
An English audience is nothing if not literal; and they are as polite as they are literal.
"My Discovery of England" by Stephen Leacock
Literally, he had only to go into the water and gather them.
"Foul Play" by Charles Reade
Miss Hopkins's breath was literally taken away, and for once she found no retort.
"Coniston, Complete" by Winston Churchill
At other times, according to the quality of the emotion, they glowed literally like blue flames.
"Lady Bridget in the Never-Never Land" by Rosa Praed
BULT A ridge in a rolling down country; literally a hump.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
Literally, not a drop of blood was shed.
"Pioneers of the Pacific Coast" by Agnes C. Laut
He was assailing a dogmatic orthodoxy which had itself converted poetry into literal fact.
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
Mercedes picked her up, literally from the roadside.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
For the fraction of a second it would have literally to pass through its own substance.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
It literally rides upon the storm.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
The fallen man was literally hopping on one leg, with the other tucked up under him.
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
Sartoris, having taken a glass of sherry, trifles with the meat upon his plate, but literally eats nothing.
"Faith and Unfaith" by Duchess
Sitting outside these sheds and looking towards the left, you see a vast mountain slope covered with literally millions of dark-green trees.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 2" by Various
Literally, the Popes were as much the patrons of science as they were of the arts.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh

In poetry:

If, with the literate, I am
Impelled to try an epigram,
I never seek to take the credit;
We all assume that Oscar said it.
"Oscar Wilde" by Dorothy Parker
'Tis pity if the case require
(Or so we say) that in the end
We speak the literal to inspire
The understanding of a friend.
"Revelation" by Robert Frost
Books we do have for almost any
Literate mood, and notepaper, envelopes,
For a writing one (to "borrow" stamps
Is the mark of ill-breeding):
Between lunch and tea, perhaps a drive;
After dinner, music or gossip.
"For Friends Only" by W H Auden
And the French and British fought side by side
Until the Russians no longer the bayonet charge could abide,
And the Russians were literally scorched by the musketry fire,
And in a short time the Russians were forced to retire.
"The Battle of Inkermann" by William Topaz McGonagall
Do not ask about his lips…as elegant as the sunset
And his eyes, a shore of purity
And his waist, the sway of a branch
Charms…which no book has contained
Nor described by a literate's feather
And his chest, his throat, enough for you
"My Love (Do Not Ask Me)" by Nizar Qabbani
Then the next day at sunrise the tower door was opened wide,
And a bronzed and scarred Grenadier forth did glide;
Literally laden with muskets, and passed along the line of troops,
While in utter astonishment the Austrian Colonel upon him looks.
"The First Grenadier of France" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Bad Party brings on the sound of Detroit, literally.
He remembers having to play street basketball — literally in the street — on a hoop attached to a pole.
But the slash to her nose is practically healed, and, she says, "literally, every day it does look better.".
We just literally finished an in-studio with Thomas Dolby , and it sounded great.
Girl Turns Herself Into A Human Barbie Doll - LITERALLY.
The Dopey Literalism of the RNC's 13 Screens.
Johnson does not take the Bible's Creation chapter literally, but argues that evolution cannot account for biological complexity.
After watching his timber company crash to pieces, literally before his eyes, the narrator in the 1964 movie "Zorba the Greek" hangs his head for a few moments.
She will literally push the Waterford Crystal button that causes the ball in Times Square to drop at 11:59PM each year on New Year's Eve.
Ivan Mendel ate 10 dumplings in half a minute to win first place and a one-liter jar of sour cream in the contest held in the town of Tokmak in the southeastern Zaporizhya region on September 18, Fakty I Kommentarii newspaper said.
LAST TOUCH FIRSTThe Joyce, 175 Eighth Ave. Last Touch First starts off slowly — literally.
Kids are smearing the MTA — literally.
The lightweight Overlander 30 pannier system, new from Kriega, offers a frameless -fit strap setup that features two of the company's waterproof and dustproof 15-liter Drypacks.
He said "serious" or "seriously" nine times, and "literally" thrice.
To be a little literal here, a front door is the first area of entrance … in most cases.

In science:

It remains to note that the above rule extends literally to any surface X obtained from Y by a sequence of blow-ups.
Real Rational Surfaces Are Quasi-Simple
The next question is ’How to get that set by a computing method ?’ We would like to use a testing point αtesting and the interative curve Literative and introduce a conservative potential U (α) = Pn i=1Ui (α − αi ) and a dissipative force.
Generalized Steiner's Problem and its Solution with the Concepts in Field Thoery
While the proofs are seldom literal translations of each other, still this heuristic is one of the most reliable experimentally established rules in the field.
Duality Chipped
All classical concepts literally carry over to the new framework and one may treat e.g., the Ricci tensor, geodesics, geodesic deviation, etc. within this nonlinear distributional geometry.
Generalized pseudo-Riemannian geometry
Simple rings, like fields, are literally ‘simple’ in many ways.
Dualizing Complexes and Tilting Complexes over Simple Rings
The successful predictions of quantum mechanics, must, of course, be reproduced, but this is not taken to mean that any theory must literally satisfy the axioms of quantum theory.
Physics with exotic probability theory
In some places we used techniques already used in , either literally or in an extended version.
Random walks in random environment on trees and multiplicative chaos
They can be combined together and with other pieces (e.g., string literals) using concatenation, or they can be processed further as simple strings.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
Taken literally, Eqs. (4) and (5) assume a liquid composed of identical, spherical, and stiff particles: only in this case all interactions between the particles can be derived from S (q).
Structural Relaxation and Mode Coupling in a Simple Liquid: Depolarized Light Scattering in Benzene
Such a power law is reminiscent of MCT, though it should not be taken literal as an MCT asymptote (see Sect. 4.5 below).
Structural Relaxation and Mode Coupling in a Simple Liquid: Depolarized Light Scattering in Benzene
Recommender systems, however, have an inherently social element and ultimately bring people together—a viewpoint under-emphasized in the liter ature —and therefore should be surveyed from this perspective.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Therefore, expressions like (2.12) or (2.13) in the general case should not be taken literally.
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
Pµ = (−i) Z and the integral is logarithmically divergent if Eq. (52) is taken literally.
Pion Structure at High and Low Energies in Chiral Quark Models
The TPC is enclosed in a cylindrical vessel filled with 7 liter s of pure LXe kept at ∼ −95◦C by a controlled flow of LN 2 through a condenser.
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects
Let us point out separately that the widely used (especially in popular literature) word ”superstrings”, seems to be much more unacceptable because, first, it literally corresponds only to the narrow class of string models and, second, it mixes two absolutely different and mutually independent physical ideas.
String Theory or Field Theory?