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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Simile \Sim"i*le\, n.; pl. Similes. [L., from similis. See Similar.] (Rhet.) A word or phrase by which anything is likened, in one or more of its aspects, to something else; a similitude; a poetical or imaginative comparison. [1913 Webster] A good swift simile, but something currish. --Shak. [1913 Webster]