- A figurative sentence or discourse, in which the
principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in its
properties and circumstances. The real subject is thus kept out of
view, and we are left to collect the intentions of the writer or
speaker by the resemblance of the secondary to the primary subject. - Anything which represents by suggestive resemblance; an
emblem. - A figure representation which has a meaning beyond notion
directly conveyed by the object painted or sculptured.