figure of speech

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n figure of speech language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
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Usage

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
Rolling had long ceased to be a pleasant figure of speech with me.
"The Wit of Women" by Kate Sanborn
It's a good figure of speech, and it's something the men can understand.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
Shorty McCabe reappears with his figures of speech revamped right up to the minute.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
This is the figure of speech which is called Synecdoche.
"The Epistles of St. Peter and St. Jude Preached and Explained" by Martin Luther
That is a fine figure of speech.
"That Mother-in-Law of Mine" by Anonymous
Make no speeches, I am not a man of sentiment, and figures of rhetoric are no use to me.
"The Lost Manuscript" by Gustav Freytag
As we have seen already it is only by a figure of speech that the term "Matter" can be used at all.
"The Old Riddle and the Newest Answer" by John Gerard
But when I say 'farther on,' it's only a figure of speech.
"Where the Path Breaks" by Charles de Créspigny
Shorty McCabe reappears with his figures of speech revamped right up to the minute.
"Whispering Wires" by Henry Leverage
That is literal rather than a figure of speech.
"Christopher Quarles" by Percy James Brebner
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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.
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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
Figures 11 and 12 show plots comparing the nonlinear metric (calculated with Q = 20) applied to a selection of the original speech time series (IN [p] , thick black line), with the median of the nonlinear metric applied to all corresponding surrogates (IN [sp ], thin, solid black line).
Testing the assumptions of linear prediction analysis in normal vowels
Figure 1: Plot of the nonlinear statistic applied to a particular, simple vowel showing signicant discrepancy between the metric applied to linear surrogates (thin black line shows the median value, and the shaded area is bounded by the minimum/maximum values) and the original speech signal (thick black line).
Testing the assumptions of linear prediction analysis in normal vowels
In several practical examples (for example, arising in speech analysis and nonparametric regression methodology) detection of the location of discontinuity in the local mean or the local variance (or local amplitude) are of interest (Figure 1).
Projected likelihood contrasts for testing homogeneity in finite mixture models with nuisance parameters
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