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literally


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Literally  \Lit"er*al*ly\,  adv 
  1.  According  to  the  primary  and  natural  import  of  words  not 
  figuratively;  as  a  man  and  his  wife  can  not  be  literally 
  one  flesh. 
 
  2.  With  close  adherence  to  words  word  by  word 
 
  So  wild  and  ungovernable  a  poet  can  not  be 
  translated  literally.  --Dryden. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  literally 
  adv  1:  in  a  literal  sense  "literally  translated";  "he  said  so 
  literally"  [ant:  {figuratively}] 
  2:  (intensifier  before  a  figurative  expression)  without 
  exaggeration;  "our  eyes  were  literally  pinned  to  TV  during 
  the  Gulf  war"  [syn:  {virtually}] 




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