a positive battery of charcoal fires


Senior Member
Ukrainian & Russian
The kitchen at our villa was enormous enough, but this kitchen simply dwarfed it.
It was stone-flagged and at one end a positive battery of charcoal fires glowed and winked under the bubbling pots.
("Birds, Beasts, and Relatives" by Gerald Durrell)

What role does 'positive' play here?
Is it used here to emphasise an enormous scale of a battery of charcoal fires?

  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Here, 'positive' = downright; out-and-out; real; absolute/etc. It is emphatic. (It is a better word for the context than the often misused, 'literal')


    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    Hi suprun, not the scale, but the verisimilitude, or "realness", of the metaphor battery. It was a veritable battery of fires.
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