metaphorical extension

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From metaphorical + extension.


metaphorical extension (plural metaphorical extensions)

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  1. (linguistics) The process or event by which the meaning that a word has gained when used in a metaphorical phrase becomes one of the accepted meanings of the word in its standalone use outside of the phrase, as happened, for example, when the word "mouse" started to be used alone to refer to a computer input device.
  2. The part of the definition of a word which has undergone a such meaning change.

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