from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of alluding; indirect reference: Without naming names, the candidate criticized the national leaders by allusion.
- n. An instance of indirect reference: an allusion to classical mythology in a poem. See Usage Note at allude.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An indirect reference; a hint; a reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A figurative or symbolical reference.
- n. A reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication; indirect reference; a hint.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A play upon words; a pun.
- n. A symbolical reference or comparison; a metaphor.
- n. A passing or casual reference; a slight or incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication; a hint or reference used by way of illustration, suggestion, or insinuation: as, a classical allusion; an allusion to a person's misconduct.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. passing reference or indirect mention
The origin of the allusion is the myth of Philomel who, after her brother-in-law
Every thought that was devoted to it was an extreme anguish, and every word that I spoke in allusion to it caused my lips to quiver, and my heart to palpitate.
The new taxon is named Gamerabaena, and the authors note, under etymology, "'Gamera refers to the fictional, firebreathing turtle from the 1965 movie Gamera, in allusion to his fire-breathing capabilities and the Hell Creek Formation ..."
With sense 2 cf. French morion punishment inflicted on soldiers (1605), so called in allusion to the hat suspended at the end of the shaft of the halberd which held the soldier while the punishment was inflicted.
And there's what I'll call (in allusion to James Thomson's "Seasons") a "long ellipsis": three periods with spaces in between them to indicate when a sentence or more has been removed.
The audible allusion is to the passage that records the sudden eruption of joy at the top of stanza IX in the "Intimations" Ode, more specifically a few lines on, when the poet says that it is not for the
The allusion is to that of a childlike state, in which faith is absolute and without contradiction.
Their Latinized names refer to their morphology: quinarius in allusion to the five well-marked dorsal crests, and squarrosus in reference to the stiff, erected scales of the entire body.
More common is, when the allusion is missed, the story loses its brilliance, its frission, sometimes it totally fails as a story.
Once the mystique of the allusion is taken away, the raw poem, chuck full of metaphors and similes and adjectives — oh, the wearying adjectives — becomes an ordinary thing and it will ask the question, “So what?”