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A comparison between two unrelated things; does NOT use the words "like" or "as."
Note to all of the people out there who only think they understand grammar:
A comparison using "like" or "as" (definition #2) is a SIMILE.
A sentence used to express the relationship of words (definition #3) is an ANALOGY.

"America is a melting pot" is a metaphor.
"Life is like a box of chocolates" is a simile.
"Pink is to red as gray is to black" is an analogy.
by Aquarian129 April 07, 2007
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A poetic device used to draw comparison, or illustrate a parallel relationship between two different subjects. More or less the same as a simile, except omitting the word "like;" as in the following example- METAPHOR- Life is a box of chocolates./SIMILE- Life is like a box of chocolates. Confusion over these two techniques has resulted in untold disasters throughout the history of language.
The guy in the cowboy hat said, "Life is a metaphor for itself," but he's bi-polar and thinks he's Jesus, so don't pay no attention to him.
by C.G. Newton September 20, 2005
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The word that Christians use to describe contradictions and mistakes in the bible.
"So, the Earth is flat, according to the bible, Tony?"

"No!"

"but, β€œWhen the earth totters, with all its inhabitants, it is I who keep its pillars steady.” β€” Psalm 75:3"

"thats a metaphor, dude"
by Not tony, the other guy February 24, 2012
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A poem or writing skill that compare two unrelated things by saying ONE thing is ANOTHER, but not using the word "as" or "like".
Here're some examples of using Metaphor:
The sun is a gold coin dropping down a drain in heaven.
Blue is the tears that drop down from my cheek.
White is the hope that you need in the darkest day of your life.

The sun is a gold coin dropping down a drain in heaven.
White is the hope that you need in the darkest day in your life.
by Candy Master June 19, 2015
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A sentence used to express the relationship of words, : can mean "is to" and :: can mean "as"
Arm is to leg as hot is to cold

have sex : lose virginity :: jumping off a cliff : death
by Xavier breath April 19, 2005
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A comparison using "like" or "as"
Metaphors: Alice looks like a pig when she eats
Alice is as big as an elephant
by Sheldon Wong April 29, 2006
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