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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Literal  \Lit"er*al\,  n. 
  Literal  meaning.  [Obs.]  --Sir  T.  Browne. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Literal  \Lit"er*al\,  a.  [F.  lit['e]ral,  litt['e]ral,  L. 
  litteralis  literalis,  fr  littera,  litera,  a  letter.  See 
  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  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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  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" 
  [syn:  {actual},  {genuine},  {real}] 
  2:  without  interpretation  or  embellishment;  "a  literal 
  translation  of  the  scene  before  him" 
  3:  limited  to  the  explicit  meaning  of  a  word  or  text;  "a 
  literal  translation"  [ant:  {figurative}] 
  4:  lacking  stylistic  embellishment;  "a  literal  description"; 
  "wrote  good  but  plain  prose";  "a  plain  unadorned  account 
  of  the  coronation";  "a  forthright  unembellished  style" 
  [syn:  {plain},  {unembellished}] 
  5:  of  the  clearest  kind  usually  used  for  emphasis;  "it's  the 
  literal  truth";  "a  matter  of  investment,  pure  and  simple" 
  [syn:  {pure  and  simple}] 
  6:  (of  a  translation)  corresponding  word  for  word  with  the 
  original;  "literal  translation  of  the  article";  "an 
  awkward  word-for-word  translation"  [syn:  {word-for-word}] 
  n  :  a  mistake  in  printed  matter  resulting  from  mechanical 
  failures  of  some  kind  [syn:  {misprint},  {erratum},  {typographical 
  error},  {typo},  {literal  error}] 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    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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