figurative [fig′yoor ə tiv΄, fig′yərə tiv]
[ME < OFr figuratif < LL figurativus < L figuratus, pp. of figurare, to form, fashion < figura, FIGURE]
1. representing by means of a figure, symbol, or likeness
2. having to do with figure drawing, painting, etc.
3. not in its original, usual, literal, or exact sense; representing one concept in terms of another that may be thought of as analogous with it; metaphoric [inscreaming headlines,the wordscreamingis a figurative use]
4. containing figures of speech

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