language that contains or uses figures of speech, especially metaphors.
In Defense of the Figurative Use of LiterallyBy Rebekah Otto Recently the wordsmiths of the United States have availed themselves once again to decry the figurative use of the word literally. This particular spate of analysis finds its origins in a Reddit post titled, “We did it guys, we finally killed English,” which featured an image of Google’s definition for the word. Since that popular post, journalists and language experts have added their voices …
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- figurate number,
- figure and ground,
- figure eight,
- figure eight suture
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