Meaning of metaphor

met•a•phor

Pronunciation: (met'u-fôr", -fur), [key]
— n.
  1. a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in “A mighty fortress is our God.” Cf.(def. 1).
  2. something used, or regarded as being used, to represent something else; emblem; symbol.
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