Definitions of figurative

  1. Representing by a figure, or by resemblance; typical; representative.
  2. Abounding in figures of speech; flowery; florid; as, a highly figurative description.
  3. Relating to the representation of form or figure by drawing, carving, etc. See Figure, n., 2.
  4. Used in a sense that is tropical, as a metaphor; not literal; - applied to words and expressions.
  5. Representing by figures, resemblances, or types; ornate; flowery; as, a description highly figurative; symbolical; unreal.
  6. ( rhet.) Representing by, containing or abounding in figures; metaphorical; flowery; typical.
  7. Containing figures; metaphorical.
  8. Representing something else; representing by resemblance; not literal or direct; abounding in figures of speech; flowery.