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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 lit·er·al /ˈlɪt(ə)rəl/

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary

 文字 LIT

From: Network Terminology

 文字 字面

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Lit·er·al a.
 1. According to the letter or verbal expression; real; not figurative or metaphorical; as, the literal meaning of a phrase.
    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.   --Hooker.
 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-fact; -- applied to persons.
 Literal contract Law, a 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: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Lit·er·al, n. Literal meaning. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]