Literal

Definition of Literal

Lit´er`al   Pronunciation: lĭt´ẽr`al
a.1.According to the letter or verbal expression; real; not figurative or metaphorical; as, the literal meaning of a phrase.
It hath but one simple literal sense whose light the owls can not abide.
- Tyndale.
2.Following the letter or exact words; not free.
A middle course between the rigor of literal translations and the liberty of paraphrasts.
- Hooker.
3.Consisting of, or expressed by, letters.
The literal notation of numbers was known to Europeans before the ciphers.
- Johnson.
4.Giving a strict or literal construction; unimaginative; matter-of-fact; - applied to persons.
Literal contract
(Law) a contract of which the whole evidence is given in writing.
Literal equation
(Math.) an equation in which known quantities are expressed either wholly or in part by means of letters; - distinguished from a numerical equation.
- Bouvier.
n.1.Literal meaning.

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