- figurate number,
- figurative language,
- figure and ground,
- figure eight
Origin of figurative
Examples from the Web for figurative
Bauer literally had a Rosebud moment, but may not have had a figurative one.
No, says the confused C.K, who expected the figurative nature of his statement to be obvious.The Movement for Patient Access to Doctors’ Notes Is Growing|Janelle Dumalaon|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cheshire is less interested in the literal, chromosomal answer than the figurative one.
In that moment, Will has fully embraced the figurative dark side.In The Good Wife’s Explosive ‘Hitting the Fan,’ That’s Exactly What Happens|Chancellor Agard|October 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In a figurative way, palimpsest refers to an object or place that reflects its own history.
Mark Twain wanted to point out the absurdity of taking the allegories and the figurative language of the Bible literally.Mark Twain|Archibald Henderson
He adds that an intelligent Indian once suggested that this was a figurative representation of the revolution of the seasons.Contribution to Passamaquoddy Folk-Lore|J. Walter Fewkes
But he has some defects; in his Essay on the Human Understanding he is often too figurative for the subject.
By way of further expression of the same idea, Aristotle passes into figurative language.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy|W. T. Stace
If Ryanne laughed in his sleeve, Mahomed certainly found ample room in his for such silent and figurative cachinnations.The Carpet from Bagdad|Harold MacGrath
late 14c., from Old French figuratif "metaphorical," from Late Latin figurativus, from figurat-, past participle stem of figurare "to form, shape," from figura "a shape, form, figure" (see figure (n.)). Of speech, language, etc., "involving figures of speech," from 1845. Related: Figuratively.