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 for literal equation
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
        phrase.
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              It hath but one simple literal sense whose light the
              owls can not abide.                   --Tyndale.
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     2. Following the letter or exact words; not free.
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              A middle course between the rigor of literal
              translations and the liberty of paraphrasts.
                                                    --Hooker.
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     3. Consisting of, or expressed by, letters.
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              The literal notation of numbers was known to
              Europeans before the ciphers.         --Johnson.
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     4. Giving a strict or literal construction; unimaginative;
        matter-of-fact; -- applied to persons.
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     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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