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literal

1. Maths containing or using coefficients and constants represented by letters: ax2 + b is a literal expression
2. Publishing a misprint or misspelling in a text

literal

(programming)
A constant made available to a process, by inclusion in the executable text. Most modern systems do not allow texts to modify themselves during execution, so literals are indeed constant; their value is written at compile-time and is read-only at run time.

In contrast, values placed in variables or files and accessed by the process via a symbolic name, can be changed during execution. This may be an asset. For example, messages can be given in a choice of languages by placing the translation in a file.

Literals are used when such modification is not desired. The name of the file mentioned above (not its content), or a physical constant such as 3.14159, might be coded as a literal. Literals can be accessed quickly, a potential advantage of their use.

literal

In programming, any data written into the program that remains unchanged when translated into machine language. Examples are values used for calculations as well as text messages displayed on screen. In the following lines of code, the literals are 1 and the value is one. See string literal and numeric literal.

if x = 1print "the value is one"endif
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Maybe not, given our current Supreme Court's literal bent in interpreting the constitution and willingness to overturn years of its own precedent.
Literal meaning: Life is still full of good people.
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It was applied the reading comprehension evaluation protocol PROCOMLE [16], comprising four texts, as follows: two expository texts (Text E1 and Text E2) and two narrative texts (Text N1 and Text N2), each one comprising eight questions, four literal questions and four inferential questions, two related to microstructure and two to macrostructure of the text.
In order to make distinctions between the numerical and literal neutrosophic components, we start denoting the numerical indeterminacy by lower case letter "i" (whence consequently similar notations for numerical truth "t", and for numerical falsehood "f"), and literal indeterminacy by upper case letter "I" (whence consequently similar notations for literal truth "T", and for literal falsehood "F").
This paper examines the different theories on literal sense proposecl by Lyra and Thomas Aquinas, on whose steps Santa Marra follows, in order to explain why Santa Maria considers the idea as Lyra's own.
Los sujetos tenian que escuchar cada uno de los enunciados y valorarlo en una escala de 1 a 5, segun el grado en que la locutora manifestara una intencion de burla, de critica o sincera o literal.
Yet, the literal translation for the poverty-stricken area is "Expensive State".
Literal meaning: People living or working together are bound to brush against each other.
Another test may be whether the idiom is more frequent than the literal counterpart in text.
THE CONSENSUS AMONG NEUROSCIENTISTS IS THAT we process both literal and metaphorical information in the same regions of the brain.