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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Literal \Lit"er*al\ (l[i^]t"[~e]r*al), a. [F. lit['e]ral,
litt['e]ral, L. litteralis, literalis, fr. littera, litera, a
letter. See Letter.]
1. According to the letter or verbal expression; real; not
figurative or metaphorical; as, the literal meaning of a
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.
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. --Bouvier.
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.
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