• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Similative Implying or indicating likeness or resemblance. "In similative or instrumental relation to a pa. pple. [past participle], as almond-leaved, -scented, etc."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • similative Serving to express similarity; in grammar, noting the case which expresses similarity (like, similar to). Also used as a noun.
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  • Matthew Prior
    “In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.”


In literature:

The use of similes and metaphors and other figurative language raises a difficult question.
"The Making of Arguments" by J. H. Gardiner
All kind of similes presented themselves to her mind.
"Evelyn Innes" by George Moore
The Hindoo poet flounders along, amid a maze of prolix description and wearisome simile.
"Hindu Literature" by Epiphanius Wilson
Pardon my mixture of similes!
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
She was a poet's simile for night.
"Clementina" by A.E.W. Mason
His chief fault is an over-fondness for simile and metaphor.
"International Weekly Miscellany, Vol. I, No. 6" by Various
I have all my oaths ready, and my similes want nothing but application.
"The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899" by George A. Aitken
The old man looks eastward, and (for he is a moralizer) frames a simile of the stage-coach and the sun.
"Twice Told Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The simile rushed through her mind unbidden.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
Note and study fac-simile impressions of thumb-prints and finger-prints in Appendix at end of this book.
"Disputed Handwriting" by Jerome B. Lavay
The king was pleased with his simile, and bade him take what time he chose.
"Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4)" by Plutarch
Browning, wishing to illuminate his subject, sometimes darts off from it into an elaborate simile as Homer does.
"The Poetry Of Robert Browning" by Stopford A. Brooke
There is in this a suggestion of Ben Jonson, who uses almost exactly the same simile without any moral significance.
"Books and Habits from the Lectures of Lafcadio Hearn" by Lafcadio Hearn
But, to keep to the simile, has this epical poem the unity of ocean?
"Life of Robert Browning" by William Sharp
I can find no simile with which to describe the beauties of its shades and tints.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
From entirely new materials, with numerous fac-similes.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I, No. V, May, 1862" by Various
With fac-simile illustrations of the various New Testament Manuscripts.
"The Bay State Monthly, Vol. II, No. 6, March, 1885" by Various
This simile is found frequently in the old romances.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
A fac-simile reproduction of the first edition, published in 1678.
"Bab Ballads and Savoy Songs" by W. S. Gilbert
Elegantly Bound in Cloth, with Gilt Bosses, in fac-simile of an Ancient Venetian Binding.
"Notes and Queries, Number 59, December 14, 1850" by Various

In poetry:

Sending a thrill that hurries me along
In faulty similes of childish skips,
Enthused with lithe contortions of a song
Performing on my lips.
"A Country Pathway" by James Whitcomb Riley
"If a simile ever you need,
You are welcome to make a wasp do;
But you ne'er should mix fiction indeed
With things that are serious and true."
"Wasps In A Garden" by Charles Lamb
"'To sing among the poets—we are nought:
We cannot drop a line into that sea
And read its fathoms off, nor gauge a thought,
Nor map a simile.
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow
Never compel a simile that wont
Take service without forcing; if it don t,
As of itself, into your verses flow,
But true to liberty—and let it go.
"The Nevers of Poetry" by Charles Harpur
With similes of common things,
The lilies of the field, the salt
Which lost its savour; gently brings
A lesson, from the common fault
Of self-admiring Pharisee,
Of ostentatious piety.
"Echoes From Galilee." by Alfred Castner King
Are just a case of "penny in the slot."
You should reflect that no evasive bird
Is half so shy as is your fittest word;
And even similes, however wrought,
Like hares, before you cook them, must be caught;--
"The Friend Of Humanity And The Rhymer" by Henry Austin Dobson

In news:

Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech that you often see in print.
Omewhere, in this sea of similes and long head-scratching sentences, is a simple story.
I'm not exactly sure what it is, but there's something about satirist George Saunders that sends the New York Times into grotesque fits of hysterical simile disease.
As a longtime writer of not only grammatically viable sentences but also the occasional full-length paragraph, I'm often asked about the proper role of similes in today's challenging writing environment.
Failed similes proliferated throughout the afternoon.
But we can start with the ruins of our similes , and let "like" move us toward something larger, some understanding of what "is.".
Wise words pour forth from Chris Smither — observations and aphorisms, similes and internal rhymes, run-on sentences and concise quips, all in a conversational flow.
Suddenly "God" is everywhere, as ubiquitous as American flags, spreading — as Dan Rather said in a spasm of simile-rapture to describe rumors following the Sept 11 attacks — "like mildew in a damp basement.".
Aren't clichés actually dead metaphors or similes.
Believe it or not, the following is a list of similes and metaphors used in essays by high school students in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Hip-hop rhymes and similes replace iambic pentameter in this Shakespeare 'ad-rap-tation'.
How does this simile describe the work of the code talkers .
Music teacher Genein Letford teaches students about similes to the beat of Duke Ellington using story, jazz solos, and improvisations.
She passed around "language therapy " to teachers that purportedly was the product of the nation's speech therapists collecting their "best similes" from clients, including.
Therapist 's similes deliver smiles.

In science:

In conclusion, slot 4 is conflict-free. A simil ar argument shows that slot 3 is conflict-free as well.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks
Finally, a constrained t emplate was assumed, corresponding to the quantum efficiency (QE) curve of a CCD simil ar to the NEAT CCD used at Palomar but with a UV-sensitive fluorescent coating.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
This method assumes that all selected lines of the intensity spectrum have a profile of simil ar shape.
Characterisation of the magnetic field of the Herbig Be star HD 200775
X-ray emission thus appears directly correlated with the optical line-pro file variations, a situation very simil ar to that observed for θ1 Ori C (Gagn ´e et al., 2005; Naz ´e et al., 2008b).
New findings on the prototypical Of?p stars
For the spin degenerate two-state quantum Hall system, the numerical similation suggests that there are three extended states .
Complex random matrix models with possible applications to spin- impurity scattering in quantum Hall fluids
Si eseguano i calco li facendo per l’indice di rifrazione μg[ext] diverse assunzioni, in modo simile a quanto richiesto nel Problema 4.8.
Ionospheric HF radio propagation in problems and computer assignments
We will thus use a simile of the Feshbach-Villars decomposition applied to Dirac’s second order equation.
Quantum Mechanics as a Classical Theory IV: The Negative Mass Conjecture
Si pu`o per`o dimostrare che l’errore che si commette usando la (I.8.4) `e dell’ordine di σ . 0#7 Un procedimento simile, in cui si valutano per`o i flussi positivi e quelli negativi separatamente, verr`a adottato da Olkhovsky e Recami per generalizzare la definizione di dwel l time.
Tempi di Tunnelling (Tunneling Times)
CMKAS00 used the criteria identi fied by Acker et al. (1991) to select GBPNe, being simil ar to ours.
Elemental abundances of Galactic bulge planetary nebulae from optical recombination lines