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metaphorical extension

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What then in love can woman do? If we grow fond they shun us. And when we fly them, they pursue: But leave us when they've won us.
John Gay
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From at least 1995, the [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] and Greek metaphora μεταφορά, the transferring of the meaning of one word to another word. plus extension— Capacity of a concept or general term to include a greater or smaller number of objects; -- correlative of intension.

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meta·phor·ical ex·ten·sion

Noun

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metaphorical extension

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  1. A noun meaning the process as the language changes over time in linguistics wherein the meaning of or part of the sense of a word which was used as a portion of a popularized metaphorical phrase is transferred back to and subsequently becomes one of the accepted general meanings of the original word used in the phrase . (Example mouse, in computing from computer mouse, an input device which possessed a metaphorical tail.)
  2. The part of the definition of a word which has undergone a such meaning change.

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