- metaphase plate,
- metaphosphoric acid,
Origin of metaphor
Examples from the Web for metaphor
The scene must be a metaphor for sex, because really who does any of this?Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Tay-Tay Scorned|Sujay Kumar|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lepore has a different, though still linear, metaphor for the history of feminism: “a river, wending.”Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine|Tom Arnold-Forster|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To wring all that can be wrung from metaphor, note what our elected and appointed officials are not dressed as.
Kirkman does dip into metaphor here, as telephones are a symbol of our connection with one another.
The Walking Dead, like the monomyth, is a metaphor for human nature and conviction of the spirit.
Mr. Vacaw's style drew freely on the vast resources of metaphor in which the English language abounds.A Likely Story|William De Morgan
And surely it is not too strong a metaphor, to call such changes a change from an old world to a new one.Town Geology|Charles Kingsley
This metaphor is really absurd, and has no application whatever.The Truth about Opium|William H. Brereton
To take a metaphor from the stage—the curtain falls here on the Governor and the Prison.The Legacy of Cain|Wilkie Collins
The metaphor is suggested by the incidents connected with the rebuilding.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Volume III|Alexander Maclaren
Word Origin for metaphor
late 15c., from Middle French metaphore (Old French metafore, 13c.), and directly from Latin metaphora, from Greek metaphora "a transfer," especially of the sense of one word to a different word, literally "a carrying over," from metapherein "transfer, carry over; change, alter; to use a word in a strange sense," from meta- "over, across" (see meta-) + pherein "to carry, bear" (see infer).
The comparison of one thing to another without the use of like or as: “A man is but a weak reed”; “The road was a ribbon of moonlight.” Metaphors are common in literature and expansive speech. (Compare simile.)