figure of speech


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n figure of speech language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
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In literature:

As for her calling herself mad, that was a mere figure of speech.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908" by Various
To change the figure of speech, I need a stiff rudder to keep me headed straight to windward.
"The Dominant Dollar" by Will Lillibridge
No descriptions, no eloquence, no figures of speech.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
This is an apt and vivid figure of speech.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Much of the force of figures of speech is derived from the suggestive quality of the specific words employed.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Yet, after all, prices are a figure of speech and a relative term.
"The Book-Collector" by William Carew Hazlitt
The term "Ocean Highway" is no mere figure of speech.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
He evidently did not comprehend my figurative style of speech.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
But by a common figure of speech the same weapon is put for the same owner.
"The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
In the English, as in all other languages, it is convenient to notice certain so-called figures of speech.
"A Handbook of the English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham

In poetry:

'Farewell, you span of open wings outspread,
The voluntary obstinacy of flight,
O figure of the world revealed in speech,
Creative genius, wonder-working might!'
"August" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech that you often see in print.
The old saying "sleep tight - don't let the bed bugs bite" isn't a figure of speech anymore.
This week on Grammar Grater , we're talking about a figure of speech called metonymy.
According to the Bloomsbury Grammar Guide by Gordon Jarvie, metonymy is a figure of speech that refers to someone or something through the use of an associated term.
It's usually a figure of speech.
Coverage of cultural and historical events, such as tours of unique museums and speeches by notable figures.
(CBS/AP) Think " broken heart " is just a figure of speech.
We all hope that's just a figure of speech and doesn't mean any more than you're unhappy with the decision.
A question, really: How would Romney transition from a sensitive public figure dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy back to a stump speech-making, political jab-taking presidential candidate.
'It's raining pocket knives ': Hurricane Sandy inspires unusual figures of speech.
And it is not just a figure of speech.

In science:

In Figure 10, the ‘Ack from Down’ signal of the speech coding module is synchronized with the ‘Ack to Up’ signal emitted by the channel coding module.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
As shown in Figure 10, the ‘take’ signal on the channel coding module validates Rendez-Vous submodule on the speech coding module, which results in suspending the successive process of the speech coding module.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
Figure  shows the same comknowledge to a speci(cid:12)c aspect of NL/SP, namely parsmunicating processes decoupled by the introduction of ing algorithms in a speech understanding system.
Anytime Algorithms for Speech Parsing?
Figure 2 depicts the overall design of our speech-driven text retrieval system, which consists of speech recognition and text retrieval modules.
Building a Test Collection for Speech-Driven Web Retrieval
Figure 2: An overview of our speech-driven retrieval system.
Building a Test Collection for Speech-Driven Web Retrieval