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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Literation lĭt`ẽr*ā"shŭn The act or process of representing by letters.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The stomach of an adult can hold 1.5 liters of material
    • n literation Representation by letters: as, the literation of Oriental words in English. Compare transliteration.
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  • Glenn Close
    Glenn Close
    “I really think that effective acting has to do literally with the movement of molecules.”
  • Antonin Artaud
    “No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “The imagination is literally the workshop wherein are fashioned all plans created by man.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.”
  • Anita Brookner
    “Romanticism is not just a mode; it literally eats into every life. Women will never get rid of just waiting for the right man.”
  • Sir Thomas Browne
    “We term sleep a death by which we may be literally said to die daily; in fine, so like death, I dare not trust it without my prayers.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. littera, litera, letter


In literature:

He had certainly overwhelmed the old veteran by his superiority; he had literally crushed him.
"Monsieur Lecoq" by Emile Gaboriau
In an instant he was knocked down by a stalwart member of the One Hundredth, and then literally lifted out of the ring by kicks.
"Andersonville, Volume 2" by John McElroy
Literally and figuratively, their lives seemed to wander through flowery pleasure-paths.
"Ruth" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
I doubt whether they would understand one if they tried, I doubt whether all could read one in the literal sense of the word.
"The Red Planet" by William J. Locke
He had literally been forced into land agency.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
I do not mean that Matter is SPREAD in a gross literal sense under extension.
"Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous in Opposition to Sceptics and Atheists" by George Berkeley
The monarch seemed disposed literally to execute the threat of his viceroy.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74" by John Lothrop Motley
It would be naive to take their complimentary politeness, their pretended modesty literally.
"Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician" by Frederick Niecks
I was literally surrounded by fair flowers of every changing hue.
"Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration" by Ernest Giles
Another early recollection is outstanding; and literally so, for I bear the scar to this day.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
It ain't literal fact, but it is figurative truth.
"The Attache" by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Never before had he done what he was doing now; he was, literally, out of himself.
"Heart and Science" by Wilkie Collins
He literally strained his lungs with that Homeric outburst.
"Gunman's Reckoning" by Max Brand
This, literally translated, would make: Being blessed through the removal of crime, or sin.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Paris would literally go wild over him!
"The Belovéd Traitor" by Frank L. Packard
Literally, "the tree of life;" a name given to the peculiar appearance presented by a section of the cerebellum.
"A Treatise on Physiology and Hygiene" by Joseph Chrisman Hutchison
The marble floor and steps around the tomb of the first Napoleon were literally carpeted with wreaths and garlands.
"Is Polite Society Polite?" by Julia Ward Howe
I threw down a twenty for the lunch and literally raced around the corner to look for a pay phone on MacDougal.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
It was a question so absurd that he literally could not answer it.
"Why Joan?" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
For an hour or two, we literally groped our way, like a blind man; an occasional flash of lightning being our only guide.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes

In poetry:

If, with the literate, I am
Impelled to try an epigram,
I never seek to take the credit;
We all assume that Oscar said it.
"Oscar Wilde" by Dorothy Parker
'Tis pity if the case require
(Or so we say) that in the end
We speak the literal to inspire
The understanding of a friend.
"Revelation" by Robert Frost
Books we do have for almost any
Literate mood, and notepaper, envelopes,
For a writing one (to "borrow" stamps
Is the mark of ill-breeding):
Between lunch and tea, perhaps a drive;
After dinner, music or gossip.
"For Friends Only" by W H Auden
And the French and British fought side by side
Until the Russians no longer the bayonet charge could abide,
And the Russians were literally scorched by the musketry fire,
And in a short time the Russians were forced to retire.
"The Battle of Inkermann" by William Topaz McGonagall
Do not ask about his lips…as elegant as the sunset
And his eyes, a shore of purity
And his waist, the sway of a branch
Charms…which no book has contained
Nor described by a literate's feather
And his chest, his throat, enough for you
"My Love (Do Not Ask Me)" by Nizar Qabbani
Then the next day at sunrise the tower door was opened wide,
And a bronzed and scarred Grenadier forth did glide;
Literally laden with muskets, and passed along the line of troops,
While in utter astonishment the Austrian Colonel upon him looks.
"The First Grenadier of France" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Fast-developing pronghorn antelope embryos literally grow through their siblings in the womb, skewering and killing competitors with whom they would have to share their mother's nutrients.
ElDorado National is now offering a 9.3-liter MaxxForce diesel engine in its E-Z Rider II paratransit bus, giving bus fleets a new option in clean diesel power for the demanding duty cycles of public transportation.
The "Daily Show" host criticizes the former Penn State football coach for choosing to "literally phone in your defense on national television.".
The rocket is transformative, literally.
Both during and after the Vietnam War, literately thousands of American Veterans suffered, endured then died from exposure to the chemical Agent Orange.
It's literally the same dude in tons of different photos.
A growing number of people are reporting that pine nuts literally leave a bad taste in their mouth.
In an act of love and devotion, it seems as though one 21-year-old Iranian man may have taken that expression a little too literally.
Sharon Van Etten is, quite literally, a musician's musician.
But maybe it's just an odd coincidence that for him, the "literal" meaning is the one that lines up with the Latin roots.
Nathan Masters' illustrated history of the eucalyptus gets -- literally -- to the root of an iconic presence in the California landscape.
Golden Globes Host Ricky Gervais Finds it 'Literally Impossible' to Exaggerate Hollywood.
Here's proof, watch this guy use his fork lift to pick up a quarter and drop it into a 2 liter soda bottle.
With Independence Day occurring at the end of this week, there is no better time to reflect back on one of the folks that helped to literally spark some life into the field of meteorology, Benjamin Franklin.
Bobbye Gene "Bob" Rheudasil rode herd — literally and figuratively — for nearly 60 years over the land that is now the town of Flower Mound.

In science:

It would also seem that BP, like CFS, may have taken the definition of Γαβ too literally in that they may not have realized that there may be several different Smax ’s, and therefore ∆’s, and therefore Γαβ ’s for a given system.
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"
If G is a formula containing a CLP-expression as first literal then special rules, shown below, are applied.
The literal a(X ) denotes an open predicate, while p(X ) a defined one.
CLP-literal contains only universal quantified variables, and second when the CLPliteral is an equality.
In the first rule a universal quantified CLP-literal is selected in some denial.
If the literal has a finite number of solutions (e.g. ∀ X ← X in 1..10 ∧ Q[X ]), these solutions are collected and for each solution the resulting denial is added.
This estimate is based on a picture of tubulin dimers literally ‘beside themselves’ in superposition.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
There has been much recent interest in the satisfiability of random Boolean formulas. A random k-SAT formula is the conjunction of m random clauses, each of which is the disjunction of k literals (a variable or its negation).
On the critical exponents of random k-SAT
Many SAT-solvers use the “pure literal rule” before starting a backtracking search for a satisfying assignment. A SAT-solver using this rule will look for literals y in the formula such that y ’s negation ¯y does not also appear in the formula.
On the critical exponents of random k-SAT
If such a literal y exists, then the SAT-solver sets y to TRUE and removes from the formula any clauses containing y, since the resulting simpler formula is satisfiable if and only if the original formula was satisfiable.
On the critical exponents of random k-SAT
One possibility is to declare any clause that eventually gets resolved by repeated application of the pure literal rule to be a bystander.
On the critical exponents of random k-SAT
It is literally a mechanism of spontaneous orbifold symmetry breaking.
Spontaneous orbifold symmetry breaking and generation of mass hierarchy
The oxygen content in the gas was continuously monitored, being kept below 10 ppm using a flow of about 2 liters/hour.
Prototype tests for the ALICE TRD
Thus any literal occurring in S ω ∨ ↓G is of the form Lσθ where L is literal occurring in a clause in S, σ is pure and θ maps every variable to a term in G.
Instantiation Schemes for Nested Theories
Every literal in C ′ is of the form Lγ, where literal L occurs in S and γ is a pure substitution of Var(L).
Instantiation Schemes for Nested Theories