metaphorical extension

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia

Crystal Clear filesystem trashcan full.png This entry has been nominated for deletion(+)
Please see that page for discussion and justifications. Feel free to edit this entry as normal, though do not remove the {{rfd}} until the debate has finished.

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From metaphorical + extension.

Noun[edit]

metaphorical extension (plural metaphorical extensions)

Broom icon.svg A user suggests that this entry be cleaned up, giving the reason: “this definition needs improving - doesn't seem to be grammatical”.
Please see the discussion on Requests for cleanup(+) or the talk page for more information and remove this template after the problem has been dealt with.
  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.

See also[edit]