literal definition

  • adjective:
    • becoming relative to, conforming to, or upholding the precise or primary concept of a word or terms.
    • sentence after sentence; verbatim: a literal translation.
    • preventing exaggeration, metaphor, or decoration; factual; prosaic: a literal description; a literal head.
    • comprising, making use of, or expressed by letters: literal notation.
    • Conforming or restricted to the best, nonfigurative, or most obvious concept of a word or terms.
    • just as stated; read or comprehended without additional interpretation; in accordance with the letter or spoken appearance; genuine; not figurative or metaphorical.
    • following page or exact terms; maybe not no-cost; perhaps not taking liberties.
    • comprising, or expressed by, letters.
    • based on the page or spoken appearance; real; maybe not figurative or metaphorical.
    • following page or precise terms; not free.
    • Consisting of, or expressed by, letters.
    • Giving a strict or literal building; unimaginative; matter-of-fact; -- put on persons.
    • preventing embellishment or exaggeration (used for focus)
    • without explanation or decoration
    • becoming or reflecting the fundamental or genuine personality of something
    • limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text
  • noun:
    • Computer Science A letter or image that stands for itself as opposed to a feature, function, or entity of it in a programming language: $ are emblematic that is the end of a line, but as a literal, its a dollar indication.
    • A value, as opposed to an identifier, written to the resource code of a computer program.
    • Literal definition.
    • Literal definition.
    • In printing, a literal error; that's, a wrongly put letter; a misprint.
    • a mistake in printed matter resulting from technical failures of some sort
  • others:
    • comprising, expressed by, or representing letters; alphabetic.
    • in line with the page of spoken phrase.
    • Following the letter or specific words.
    • precise; specifically, mechanically exact: as, the too literal execution of an order.
    • Characterized by a propensity to respect every little thing in a matter-of-fact, unimaginative way: as, a really literal individual.
    • Synonyms See spoken.
    • Affecting or concerning a letter: since, literal mistakes, literal rhymes.

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