Definitions of figurative

  1. Representing by a figure, or by resemblance; typical; representative. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Abounding in figures of speech; flowery; florid; as, a highly figurative description. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Relating to the representation of form or figure by drawing, carving, etc. See Figure, n., 2. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Used in a sense that is tropical, as a metaphor; not literal; - applied to words and expressions. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Representing by figures, resemblances, or types; ornate; flowery; as, a description highly figurative; symbolical; unreal. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. (rhet.) Representing by, containing or abounding in figures; metaphorical; flowery; typical. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Containing figures; metaphorical. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. Representing something else; representing by resemblance; not literal or direct; abounding in figures of speech; flowery. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for figurative

  1. " Then I shall take no notice of your advertisement," he replied and stood in the middle of the street, his hat in his hand, to the intense annoyance of a taxi- cab driver who literally all but ran him down and in a figurative sense did so until T. X. was out of earshot. – The Clue of the Twisted Candle by Edgar Wallace
  2. The figurative representation had therefore a significant substratum in the history of the past. – Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1 by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg