Definitions of figure

  1. make a mathematical calculation or computation
  2. judge to be probable
  3. a decorative or artistic work; " the coach had a design on the doors"
  4. one of the elements that collectively form a system of numbers; " 0 and 1 are digits"
  5. 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?"
  6. a diagram or picture illustrating textual material; " the area covered can be seen from Figure 2"
  7. a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating; " she made the best score on compulsory figures"
  8. a model of a bodily form ( especially of a person); " he made a figure of Santa Claus"
  9. the impression produced by a person; " he cut a fine figure"; " a heroic figure"
  10. 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"
  11. a unitary percept having structure and coherence that is the object of attention and that stands out against a ground
  12. language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
  13. an amount of money expressed numerically; " a figure of $ 17 was suggested"
  14. a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape
  15. 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"
  16. understand; " He didn't figure her"
  17. The form of anything; shape; outline; appearance.
  18. 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.
  19. A pattern in cloth, paper, or other manufactured article; a design wrought out in a fabric; as, the muslin was of a pretty figure.
  20. 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 surface; any arrangement made up of points, lines, angles, surfaces, etc.
  21. The appearance or impression made by the conduct or carrer of a person; as, a sorry figure.
  22. Distinguished appearance; magnificence; conspicuous representation; splendor; show.
  23. A character or symbol representing a number; a numeral; a digit; as, 1, 2, 3, etc.
  24. Value, as expressed in numbers; price; as, the goods are estimated or sold at a low figure.
  25. A person, thing, or action, conceived of as analogous to another person, thing, or action, of which it thus becomes a type or representative.
  26. 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.
  27. The form of a syllogism with respect to the relative position of the middle term.
  28. Any one of the several regular steps or movements made by a dancer.
  29. A horoscope; the diagram of the aspects of the astrological houses.
  30. Any short succession of notes, either as melody or as a group of chords, which produce a single complete and distinct impression.
  31. A form of melody or accompaniment kept up through a strain or passage; a musical or motive; a florid embellishment.
  32. 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.
  33. To embellish with design; to adorn with figures.
  34. To indicate by numerals; also, to compute.
  35. To represent by a metaphor; to signify or symbolize.
  36. To prefigure; to foreshow.
  37. To write over or under the bass, as figures or other characters, in order to indicate the accompanying chords.
  38. To embellish.
  39. To make a figure; to be distinguished or conspicious; as, the envoy figured at court.
  40. To calculate; to contrive; to scheme; as, he is figuring to secure the nomination.
  41. The outline or shape of a person or object; appearance; an image or statue; drawn or painted representation of a person; idea; pattern; type; sign or character denoting a number; a movement in a dance; musical phrase, or repeated theme; value or cost; as, the goods were sold at a high figure; a space bounded on all sides by lines or planes; a special or peculiar use of words; as, a figure of speech.
  42. To form into any determinate shape; show by resemblance; represent; symbolize; adorn or cover with a pattern; calculate or compute.
  43. To be conspicuous; colloquially, to cipher; calculate.
  44. The form of anything in outline; the representation of anything in drawing, etc.; a drawing; a design; a statue; appearance; a character denoting a number; value or price; ( rhet.) a deviation from the ordinary mode of expression, in which words are changed from their literal signification or usage; ( logic) the form of a syllogism with respect to the position of the middle term; steps in a dance; a type or emblem.
  45. To form or shape; to make an image of; to mark with figures or designs; to imagine; to symbolize; to foreshow; to note by figures.
  46. To make figures; to appear as a distinguished person.
  47. To make an image of; mark with figures; note by figures.
  48. To make figures; appear conspicuously.
  49. To compute; calculate.
  50. To form an image of depict; imagine.
  51. To mark with figures.
  52. To symbolize; prefigure.
  53. To make a figure; be conspicuous.
  54. To compute; cipher.
  55. Shape; appearance.
  56. A drawing or other representation; figurative language; a metaphor; a type.
  57. An active or conspicuous person; distinction.
  58. A numeral; hence, amount; price.
  59. One of the regular movements of a dance in which a certain set of steps is completed.
  60. Figured.
  61. The form of anything in outline; shape; distinguished appearance; appearance of any kind; magnificence; representation in painting, in drawing, & c.; a price: a statue; an image; the form of a syllogism with respect to the disposition of the middle term; a character denoting a number; a diagram; the horoscope; type, representative, or symbol; a mode of speaking or writing, in which words are deflected from their ordinary signification; the several steps or movements which the dancer makes in accordance with the music.
  62. To form into any determinate shape; to make a resemblance of; to cover or adorn with figures, to diversify; to represent typically or figuratively; to image in the mind; to prefigure; to note by characters.
  63. To make a figure.
  64. Shape; form; appearance; a character or shape denoting a number; a mode of expression; a type; an emblem; a diagram; in art, a representation of the human body; in rhet., mode of speaking in which words are turned from their ordinary sense- usually termed figure of speech; in logic, the arrangement of the middle term of a syllogism with the two terms of the conclusion; in familiar language, price or value.

Usage examples for figure

  1. I figure we ought to give him the chance. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss
  2. " 'At a strange figure in the crowd, ' she answered. – Melchior's Dream and Other Tales by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  3. The figure is important this time.... – Mr. Waddington of Wyck by May Sinclair
  4. But, indeed, I could not figure out any plan worth speaking of. – Greenmantle by John Buchan
  5. As we approached it, a figure came running out to meet us. – Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah & Meccah by Sir Richard Francis Burton
  6. Maybe he was sort of a father figure. – The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover
  7. As I told you, I like you, and I want you to be a great figure in the life of your country. – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
  8. Goodness, child, what a figure you are! – Doctor Cupid by Rhoda Broughton
  9. Turning to the silent figure at her side, she caught his arm and, like an eager child, sought to hurry him on. – Warrior of the Dawn by Howard Carleton Browne
  10. That's what we must figure out. – The Galaxy Primes by Edward Elmer Smith
  11. And yet- figure to yourself- he has but to keep silence, and I must go away, I must give up all. – The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley
  12. By it they saw a figure. – A Book of Ghosts by Sabine Baring-Gould
  13. Beautiful figure, they could say. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  14. Figure on what it means to you. – The Covered Wagon by Emerson Hough
  15. They were trying to figure out how much money he wanted. – Polly in New York by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  16. Altogether, I was a miserable figure. – Old Jack by W.H.G. Kingston
  17. Now I felt that I was cutting a poor figure at present; and that I must say something presently, if I could, to make the King remember me afterwards. – Oddsfish! by Robert Hugh Benson