A simile is a rhetorical figure expressing comparison or likeness that directly compares two things through some connective word such as like, as, so, than, or a verb such as resembles.
Although similes and metaphors are generally seen as interchangeable, similes acknowledge the imperfections and limitations of the comparative relationship largely than metaphors.
Examples: Using 'as' - The use of 'as' makes the simile more explicit.
1. She walks as gracefully as a cat.
2. He was as hungry as a lion.
3. He was as mean as a bull.
4. That spider was as fat as an elephant.
5. Cute as a kitten.
6. As busy as a bee.
7. As snug as a bug in a rug.
8. Eyes as big as dinner plates.
Using ‘like’ - A simile can explicitly provide the basis of a comparison or leave this basis implicit. In the implicit case, the simile leaves the audience to determine for themselves which features of the target are being predicated.
It may be a type of sentence that uses 'as' or 'like' to connect the words being compared.
1. She is like candy so sweet.
2. He is like a refiner's fire.
3. Her eyes twinkled like stars.
4. He fights like a lion.
5. He runs like a cheetah.
6. She is fragrant like a rose.
7. Gareth is like a lion when he gets angry.
8. “For hope grew around me, like the twining vine,” (Coleridge - Dejection)
9. "And the executioner went off like an arrow." -Alice in Wonderland
Sometimes similes are submerged, used without using comparative words ('like' or 'as').
Examples: Without 'like' or 'as'
1. "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? / Thou art more lovely and more temperate:" William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
2. "How this Herculean Roman does become / the carriage of his chafe." William Shakespeare, Antony, and Cleopatra' Act I, sc. 3.