Pronunciation: met--f()r also -fr
: a figure of speech in which a word or phrase meaning one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a similarity between them (as in the ship plows the sea) — compareSIMILE
– met·a·phor·ic /met--fr-ik, -fär-/ or met·a·phor·i·cal /met--fr-i-kl, -fär-/ adjective
– met·a·phor·i·cal·ly /-i-k(-)l/ adverb
Reproduced with thanks from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.