On more than one occasion, literal fights broke out behind closed doors, and the antagonism often fell along racial lines.
For some, this is a literal statement, as you must now take your dog-and-pony talents and wares to some corner of the world.
At times the narrator leaps past literal meanings to associations.
And the booms are literal and frightening, spraying bullets and spewing whipped cream all over the top of the Billboard charts.
The Israeli public recently got a peek at the enormity of the actual, literal price tag attached to the settlement enterprise.
It regards the events of only one day; still that day is not literal; it is a symbol of the life of everyone.
Allways may be the literal equivalent of the French name Partout.
And Suzanna and Maizie stood watching her, asking a literal translation of a principle laid down for man's guidance.
Then the literal fulfilment of this prophetic Parable followed.
It was a literal crucifixion, without the erection of the cross.
late 14c., "taking words in their natural meaning" (originally in reference to Scripture and opposed to mystical or allegorical), from Old French literal and directly from Late Latin literalis/litteralis "of or belonging to letters or writing," from Latin litera/littera "letter, alphabetic sign; literature, books" (see letter (n.1)). Meaning "of or pertaining to alphabetic letters" is from late 15c. Sense of "verbally exact" is attested from 1590s, as is application to the primary sense of a word or passage. Literal-minded is attested from 1791.
A constant made available to a process, by inclusion in the executable text. Most modern systems do not allow texts to modify themselves during execution, so literals are indeed constant; their value is written at compile-time and is read-only at run time.
In contrast, values placed in variables or files and accessed by the process via a symbolic name, can be changed during execution. This may be an asset. For example, messages can be given in a choice of languages by placing the translation in a file.
Literals are used when such modification is not desired. The name of the file mentioned above (not its content), or a physical constant such as 3.14159, might be coded as a literal. Literals can be accessed quickly, a potential advantage of their use.