lit·er·al·ly /ˈlɪtərəli, ˈlɪtrəli, ˈlɪtɚ/
1. According to the primary and natural import of words; not figuratively; as, a man and his wife can not be literally one flesh.
2. With close adherence to words; word by word.
So wild and ungovernable a poet can not be translated literally. --Dryden.
adv 1: in a literal sense; "literally translated"; "he said so
literally" [ant: figuratively]
2: (intensifier before a figurative expression) without
exaggeration; "our eyes were literally pinned to TV during
the Gulf war" [syn: virtually]