FIGURATIVE in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of FIGURATIVE
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figurative
 a.  not literal, but metaphorical; using figure of speech
Example Sentence: (199 in 14 pages)
1  The only difference between the verbs loan and lend is that loan can't be used in figurative senses.
2  He's my son, in the figurative sense of the word.
3  The system keeps crashing and no one is able to figure out why.
4  A faintly comic figure, he fears ridicule above all else.
5  The administration coyly refused to put a firm figure on the war's costs.
6  I can't give you anything more than just sort of a ballpark figure.
7  The best for a woman who has nice figure is to turn around and leave.
8  Please figure out the total cost.
9  This figure can be expressed as a percentage of the total.
10  Suddenly I saw a tall figure approaching toward the policeman.
11  A figure came into my peripheral vision.
12  A strange figure appeared in the doorway, clad in white.
13  He carved the figure of a woman from a piece of wood.
14  Bill perceived a tiny figure in the distance.
15  Girls always eat like a bird in order to keep a slender figure.
Classic Sentence: (210 in 15 pages)
1  Though the figurative language of David was not very intelligible, the sincere and steady expression of his eye, and the glow of his honest countenance, were not easily mistaken.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 22
2  The expression of his eye contradicted his figurative and boastful language, while every muscle in his wrinkled visage was working with anguish.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 24
3  "They will yet find the Huron a singing-bird," said Duncan, endeavoring to adopt the figurative language of the natives.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 29
4  The men of the Lenape listened to his words with all the respect that superstition could lend, finding a secret charm even in the figurative language with which the young Sagamore imparted his ideas.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 30
5  There seemed to be few, if any, abstract terms, or little use of figurative language.
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells
Get Context   In V
6  At present my attention was centred upon the single grim motionless figure which lay stretched upon the boards, with vacant sightless eyes staring up at the discoloured ceiling.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In PART I: CHAPTER III. THE LAURISTON GARDEN MYSTERY
7  As he stood, he leaned upon his weapon for support, and yet his tall figure and the massive framework of his bones suggested a wiry and vigorous constitution.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In PART II: CHAPTER I. ON THE GREAT ALKALI PLAIN
8  At the same moment a vague shadowy figure emerged from the gap for which they had been making, and uttered the plaintive signal cry again, on which a second man appeared out of the obscurity.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In PART II: CHAPTER IV. A FLIGHT FOR LIFE
9  Without a glance or a word to the cowering women, he walked up to the white silent figure which had once contained the pure soul of Lucy Ferrier.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In PART II: CHAPTER V. THE AVENGING ANGELS
10  Tales were told in the City of the weird figure which was seen prowling about the suburbs, and which haunted the lonely mountain gorges.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In PART II: CHAPTER V. THE AVENGING ANGELS
11  Clover was a stout motherly mare approaching middle life, who had never quite got her figure back after her fourth foal.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Get Context   In Chapter I
12  She never came out of a shop, for example, with the clothes she admired; nor did her figure, seen against the dark roll of trousering in a shop window, please her.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 1
13  She had given up dealing with her figure and thus gained freedom.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 3
14  And the human figure was seen to great advantage against a background of sky.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 5
15  And the pilgrims who had continued their march and their chant in the background, now gathered round the figure of Eliza on her soap box as if to form the audience at a play.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 6