Pronunciation: (lit'ur-u-lē), [key]
1. in the literal or strict sense: What does the word mean literally?
2. in a literal manner; word for word: to translate literally.
3. actually; without exaggeration or inaccuracy: The city was literally destroyed.
4. in effect; in substance; very nearly; virtually.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.