Fig´ure   Pronunciation: fĭg´ũr; 135
n.1.The form of anything; shape; outline; appearance.
2.The representation of any form, as by drawing, painting, modeling, carving, embroidering, etc.; especially, a representation of the human body; as, a figure in bronze; a figure cut in marble.
A coin that bears the figure of an angel.
- Shak.
3.A pattern in cloth, paper, or other manufactured article; a design wrought out in a fabric; as, the muslin was of a pretty figure.
4.(Geom.) A diagram or drawing, made to represent a magnitude or the relation of two or more magnitudes; a surface or space inclosed on all sides; - called superficial when inclosed by lines, and solid when inclosed by surfaces; any arrangement made up of points, lines, angles, surfaces, etc.
5.The appearance or impression made by the conduct or career of a person; as, a sorry figure.
I made some figure there.
- Dryden.
Gentlemen of the best figure in the county.
- Blackstone.
6.Distinguished appearance; magnificence; conspicuous representation; splendor; show.
That he may live in figure and indulgence.
- Law.
7.A character or symbol representing a number; a numeral; a digit; as, 1, 2,3, etc.
8.Value, as expressed in numbers; price; as, the goods are estimated or sold at a low figure.
With nineteen thousand a year at the very lowest figure.
- Thackeray.
9.A person, thing, or action, conceived of as analogous to another person, thing, or action, of which it thus becomes a type or representative.
Who is the figure of Him that was to come.
- Rom. v. 14.
10.(Rhet.) A mode of expressing abstract or immaterial ideas by words which suggest pictures or images from the physical world; pictorial language; a trope; hence, any deviation from the plainest form of statement. Also called a figure of speech.
To represent the imagination under the figure of a wing.
- Macaulay.
11.(Logic) The form of a syllogism with respect to the relative position of the middle term.
12.(Dancing) Any one of the several regular steps or movements made by a dancer.
13.(Astrol.) A horoscope; the diagram of the aspects of the astrological houses.
14.(Music) Any short succession of notes, either as melody or as a group of chords, which produce a single complete and distinct impression.
15.A form of melody or accompaniment kept up through a strain or passage; a musical phrase or motive; a florid embellishment.
Academy figure
See under Academy, Cancel, Lay, etc.
Figure caster
an astrologer.
Figure flinging
the practice of astrology.
- Milton.
Figure-of-eight knot
a knot shaped like the figure 8. See Illust. under Knot.
Figure painting
a picture of the human figure, or the act or art of depicting the human figure.
Figure stone
(Min.) agalmatolite.
Figure weaving
the art or process of weaving figured fabrics.
To cut a figure
to make a display.
- Sir W. Scott.
v. t.1.To represent by a figure, as to form or mold; to make an image of, either palpable or ideal; also, to fashion into a determinate form; to shape.
[imp. & p. p. Figured ; p. pr. & vb. n. Figuring.]
2.To embellish with design; to adorn with figures.
3.To indicate by numerals; also, to compute.
4.To represent by a metaphor; to signify or symbolize.
Whose white vestments figure innocence.
- Shak.
5.To prefigure; to foreshow.
6.(Mus.) To write over or under the bass, as figures or other characters, in order to indicate the accompanying chords.
To figure out
to solve; to compute or find the result of.
To figure up
to add; to reckon; to compute the amount of.
v. i.1.To make a figure; to be distinguished or conspicious; as, the envoy figured at court.
2.To calculate; to contrive; to scheme; as, he is figuring to secure the nomination.
go figure
a phrase used by itself as an interjection to mean "How can one explain that?", or to express puzzlement over some seeming contradiction.
Noun1.figure - a diagram or picture illustrating textual material; "the area covered can be seen from Figure 2"
Synonyms: fig
2.Figurefigure - alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"
3.figure - one of the elements that collectively form a system of numbers; "0 and 1 are digits"
Synonyms: digit
4.figure - a model of a bodily form (especially of a person); "he made a figure of Santa Claus"
5.figure - a well-known or notable person; "they studied all the great names in the history of France"; "she is an important figure in modern music"
Synonyms: public figure, name
6.figure - a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape
7.figure - an amount of money expressed numerically; "a figure of $17 was suggested"
8.figure - the impression produced by a person; "he cut a fine figure"; "a heroic figure"
9.Figurefigure - the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals; "he had a number of chores to do"; "the number of parameters is small"; "the figure was about a thousand"
Synonyms: number
10.figure - language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
11.figure - a unitary percept having structure and coherence that is the object of attention and that stands out against a ground
ground - a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused
12.figure - a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors"
Synonyms: pattern, design
13.figure - a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating; "she made the best score on compulsory figures"
Verb1.figure - judge to be probable
2.figure - be or play a part of or in; "Elections figure prominently in every government program"; "How do the elections figure in the current pattern of internal politics?"
Synonyms: enter
3.figure - imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind; "I can't see him on horseback!"; "I can see what will happen"; "I can see a risk in this strategy"
4.figure - make a mathematical calculation or computation
5.figure - understand; "He didn't figure her"
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Figure caster
figure eight
Figure flinging
figure loom
figure of eight
figure of speech
figure out
Figure painting
figure skate
figure skating
Figure stone
Figure weaving
Figure-of-eight knot
figured bass
figured-fabric loom
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