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Meaning of LITERAL

Pronunciation:  'liturul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind
  2. [adj]  without interpretation or embellishment; "a literal translation of the scene before him"
  3. [adj]  (of a translation) corresponding word for word with the original; "literal translation of the article"; "an awkward word-for-word translation"
  4. [adj]  limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text; "a literal translation"
  5. [adj]  of the clearest kind; usually used for emphasis; "it's the literal truth"; "a matter of investment, pure and simple"
  6. [adj]  lacking stylistic embellishment; "a literal description"; "wrote good but plain prose"; "a plain unadorned account of the coronation"; "a forthright unembellished style"
  7. [adj]  being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something; "her actual motive"; "a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton; "a genuine dilemma"
 

LITERAL is a 7 letter word that starts with L.

 

 Synonyms: actual, denotative, erratum, exact, explicit, genuine, literal error, misprint, plain, pure and simple, real, true, typo, typographical error, unembellished, word-for-word
 
 Antonyms: figurative, nonliteral
 
 See Also: error, mistake, unrhetorical

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Lit"er*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.
    
             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.
                                                   --Hooker.
    
    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 fast; -- applied to persons.
    
    {Literal contract} (Law), 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.
    
    
  2. \Lit"er*al\, n.
    Literal meaning. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.
    
    
 
Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

A constant made available to a process, by inclusion in the executable text. Most modern systems do not allow texts to modify themselves during execution, so literals are indeed constant; their value is written at compile-time and is read-only at run time.

In contrast, values placed in variables or files and accessed by the process via a symbolic name, can be changed during execution. This may be an asset. For example, messages can be given in a choice of languages by placing the translation in a file.

Literals are used when such modification is not desired. The name of the file mentioned above (not its content), or a physical constant such as 3.14159, might be coded as a literal. Literals can be accessed quickly, a potential advantage of their use.

 
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