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.
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.
A figure of speech containing an implied comparison, in which a word or phrase ordinarily and primarily used of one thing is applied to another (Ex.: the curtain of night, “all the world's a stage”)
One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.
The derivation of metaphor means "to carry over." For example, the "desktop metaphor" means that the office desktop has been simulated on computers. See paradigm.
(uncountable, rhetoric) The use of a word or phrase to refer to something that it isn'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.
Origin of metaphor
Middle English methaphorfrom Old French metaphorefrom Latin metaphorafrom Greek transference, metaphorfrommetaphereinto transfermeta-meta-phereinto carrybher-1 in Indo-European roots
I discuss various special cases of this conceptual metaphor in my speech.
The song used sunshine as a metaphor for joy.
Food is often used as a metaphor for other needs.
Her art uses metaphor and allegory as a subtle way to introduce difficult topics.
A metaphor can be contained in a single sentence or it can be used as an underlying device throughout an entire story.