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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A simile is introduced by a word such as like, as or such.
▪ Regardless of which you use, metaphors and similes create better documents.
▪ The poetry of the first four volumes depends heavily on the simile to set the mood of the poem.
▪ They are expressed in similes, metaphors and stories.
▪ Think of the torturous metaphors and similes that the readers would be spared.
▪ This is the metaphor gone beyond hyperbole into simile.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Simile \Sim"i*le\, n.; pl. Similes. [L., from similis. See Similar.] (Rhet.) A word or phrase by which anything is likened, in one or more of its aspects, to something else; a similitude; a poetical or imaginative comparison.

A good swift simile, but something currish.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Latin simile "a like thing; a comparison, likeness, parallel," neuter of similis "like" (see similar). Both things must be mentioned and the comparison directly stated. To Johnson, "A simile, to be perfect, must both illustrate and ennoble the subject."


n. A figure of speech in which one thing is compared to another, in the case of English generally using ''like'' or ''as''.


n. a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with `like' or `as')


SIMILE (Semantic Interoperability of Metadata and Information in unLike Environments) was a joint research project run by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries and MIT CSAIL and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project ran from 2003 to August 2008. It focused on developing tools to increase the interoperability of disparate digital collections. Much of SIMILE's technical focus is oriented towards Semantic Web technology and standards such as Resource Description Framework (RDF).

Simile (computer virus)

Win32/Simile (also known as Etap and MetaPHOR) is a metamorphic computer virus written in assembly language for Microsoft Windows. The virus was released in the most recent version in early March 2002. It was written by the virus writer "Mental Driller". Some of his previous viruses, such as Win95/Drill (which used the Tuareg polymorphic engine), have proved very challenging to detect.

When the virus is first executed, it checks the current date. If the host file (the file that is infected with the virus) imports the file User32.dll, then on the 17th of March, June, September, or December, a message is displayed. Depending on the version of the virus, the case of each letter in the text is altered randomly. On May 14 (the anniversary of Israeli independence day), a message saying "Free Palestine!" will be displayed if the system locale is set to Hebrew.

The virus then rebuilds itself. This metamorphic process is very complex and accounts for around 90% of the virus' code. After the rebuild, the virus searches for executable files in folders on all fixed and remote drives. Files will not be infected if they are located in a subfolder more than three levels deep, or if the folder name begins with the letter W. For each file that is found, there is a 50 percent chance that it will be ignored. Files will not be infected if they begin with F, PA, SC, DR, NO, or if the letter V appears anywhere in the file name. Due to the way in which the name matching is done, file names that contain certain other characters are also not infected, although this part is not deliberate. The virus contains checks to avoid infecting "goat" or "bait" files (files that are created by anti-virus programs). The infection process uses the structure of the host, as well as random factors, to control the placement of the virus body and the decryptor.

Simile (disambiguation)

A simile is a figure of speech making an explicit comparison.

Simile or Similes may also refer to:

  • SIMILE (Semantic Interoperability of Metadata and Information in unLike Environments), a project to develop semantic web tools
  • Simile (computer virus), a Windows virus
  • Similes (album), by Matthew Cooper

Usage examples of "simile".

Gardner accepted his sister the way he might have accepted - Asey tried to think of a suitable simile as he climbed into the roadster.

A foreign simile would be to liken Basho to a pearl, and Buson to a diamond.

Rancourt was the other side of Combles, which explains the plum simile.

Old Gower, too, has his Religion of Nature, with free admission for women, whom he worships in similes, running away from them, leering sheepishly.

Attilio aveva fatta la dimanda: se le sentinelle erano a posto: il lume, dopo la risposta affermativa, aveva rischiarato le austere fisionomie dei nostri giovani, quando un fischio simile a sibilo di serpente fece risuonare le antiche volte dello speco.

There were probably a thousand good Tarheel similes to choose from, but for once his southern talk failed him.

Un suono simile rispose da una capanna di guardia, situata sopra uno dei detti tumuli, capanna che Orazio certo doveva conoscere e della quale i suoi compagni non si erano accorti.

Hades by metonymy for the grave, or have imagined that a shadowy fac simile of what was interred in the grave went into the grim kingdom of Pluto.

As stars flash into light, so he flashes into metaphor, metonymy, trope, personification, or simile.

Riveted, Margo sat there, her eyes glued to the figure that reminded her of some monstrous raven, a logical simile, because Alban Sark was unquestionably a creature of prey.

The savage unwittingness bred out of him by tasks he could still sense, could taste but not remember, puzzles to solve and paradoxes to resolve, oh I see, I get it, but whatever had they been, duality, identity, metaphor and simile.

Chief of Surgery Burgess, dying a slow, half-century death in this city where reading span is sorely stretched by the instructions on microwave popcorn, instantly imagines that in Kraft he has found a kindred literate spirit, a simile son.

Ma simile a molti generali che sprecando e disseminando la loro gente per eccesso di precauzioni su troppi punti, con sentinelle, picchetti, distaccamenti, osservazioni, ecc.

We are mostly reduced to similes and metaphors, to comparing wines with more familiar substances.

The mountains were bigger and grander than ever, as they stood there thinking their solemn thoughts with their heads in the drifting clouds, but the villages at their feet--when the painstaking eye could trace them up and find them--were so reduced, almost invisible, and lay so flat against the ground, that the exactest simile I can devise is to compare them to ant-deposits of granulated dirt overshadowed by the huge bulk of a cathedral.