- The definition of a metaphor is a word or phrase used to compare two unlike objects, ideas, thoughts or feelings to provide a clearer description.
An example of a metaphor is calling the dependable father a rock.
Origin of metaphorFrench métaphore ; from Classical Latin metaphora ; from Classical Greek ; from metapherein, to carry over ; from meta, over (see meta-) + pherein, to bear
- A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison, as in “a sea of troubles” or “All the world's a stage” (Shakespeare).
- One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol: “Hollywood has always been an irresistible, prefabricated metaphor for the crass, the materialistic, the shallow, and the craven” (Neal Gabler).
Origin of metaphorMiddle English methaphor, from Old French metaphore, from Latin metaphora, from Greek, transference, metaphor, from metapherein, to transfer : meta-, meta- + pherein, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
- met′a·phor′ic , met′a·phor′i·cal
(countable and uncountable, plural metaphors)
- (uncountable, rhetoric) The use of a word or phrase to refer to something that it isnâ€™t, invoking a direct similarity between the word or phrase used and the thing described, but in the case of English without the words like or as, which would imply a simile.
- (countable, rhetoric) The word or phrase used in this way. An implied comparison.
From Latin metaphora, from Ancient Greek Î¼ÎµÏ„Î±Ï†Î¿ÏÎ¬ (metaphora), from Î¼ÎµÏ„Î±Ï†ÎÏÏ‰ (metapherÅ, â€œI transfer, applyâ€), from Î¼ÎµÏ„Î¬ (meta, â€œwith, across, afterâ€) + Ï†ÎÏÏ‰ (pherÅ, â€œI bear, carryâ€)
metaphor - Computer Definition
The derivation of metaphor means "to carry over." Thus the "desktop metaphor" as so often described means that the office desktop has been brought over and simulated on computers.