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

 met·a·phor /ˈmɛtəˌfɔr ||fɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 met·a·phor n.  Rhet. The transference of the relation between one set of objects to another set for the purpose of brief explanation; a compressed simile; e. g., the ship plows the sea. --Abbott & Seeley. “All the world's a stage.”
 Note:The statement, “that man is a fox,” is a metaphor; but “that man is like a fox,” is a simile, similitude, or comparison.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer
          to something that it does not literally denote in order
          to suggest a similarity