'Hands' of a clock, 'Arms' of a chair, 'Nose' of a plane, 'Mouth' of a river. In these expressions human body parts are used.What are such expressions called?

  • personifications maybe – caub Jan 25 '15 at 10:10
  • Generally, these are examples of metaphor, but I don't know if there is a particular name for comparing objects to parts of the body. – Andrew Leach Jan 25 '15 at 10:23

ANTHROPOMORPHIZE transitive verb: to attribute human form or personality to things not human

an•thro•po•mor•phi•za•tion -ˌmȯr-fə-ˈzā-shən\ noun


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    or, as an adjective, "anthropomorphic" – Brian Hitchcock Jan 25 '15 at 11:01
  • Yes, @BrianHitchcock - or anthropomorphizations, it's all there. – user98990 Jan 25 '15 at 11:08
  • anthropomorphism "the attribution of human characteristics or behaviour to a god, animal, or object." OD >Chairs have arms, tables have legs, the bed has a foot, and the needle has an eye--all of these are anthropomorphisms that allow us to relate to them in familiar terms. Figures of Speech – Centaurus Jan 25 '15 at 11:31
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    I'll take the legs from some old table - I'll take the arms from some old chair - I'll take the neck from some old bottle - And from a horse I'll take the hair - I'll take the hands and face from some old clock - And baby when I'm through - I'll get more loving from the dumb-dumb-dummy, Than I ever got from you (from a song made popular by Louis Armstrong) – Oldbag Jan 25 '15 at 13:07
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    That's great! @Oldbag +1 Love to start the day with an old song ... and a new bottle! :-) – user98990 Jan 25 '15 at 13:17

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