Definition of "Literal" :
noun: a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind
adjective: without interpretation or embellishment
"A literal depiction of the scene before him."
adjective: limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text
"A literal translation."
adjective: avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis)
"It's the literal truth."
adjective: being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
"A literal solitude like a desert."