- metaphase plate,
- metaphosphoric acid,
Origin of metaphor
Examples from the Web for metaphorically
Like all good scripture, Me & Dog can be read literally as well as metaphorically.
So Hamas returned to the old familiar terrain of launching missiles—a way to shake the ground, but metaphorically and physically.
Unruly Places is all about going off the map, metaphorically and physically.Discovering Underground Labyrinths, Remote Cities, and More of the World’s Lost Places|Nina Strochlic|July 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Paul and Cuccinelli did not stand alone, physically or metaphorically.Unemployed Ken Cuccinelli Finds a Job With Rand Paul Suing Obama|Michelle Cottle|February 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She means it metaphorically, as if she has a soul and a mind.
She hesitated a moment; and this was so unusual on her part, that Captain Burnett metaphorically pricked up his ears.Lover or Friend|Rosa Nouchette Carey
It is not insinuated that Larry was now, metaphorically, or otherwise, in such a case.Mount Music|E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
We have had our little adventures in that line already, and we have measured swords together, metaphorically, before to-night.Phantom Fortune, A Novel|M. E. Braddon
Dr Brinton gives the same explanation, and concludes that the deer is referred to metaphorically.Day Symbols of the Maya Year|Cyrus Thomas
Metaphorically, to get the weather-gage of a person, is to get the better of him.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
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.)