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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. Shape; form; statue; appearance; character denoting a number; metaphor.
  48. To make an image of; mark with figures; note by figures.
  49. To make figures; appear conspicuously.
  50. To compute; calculate.
  51. To form an image of depict; imagine.
  52. To mark with figures.
  53. To symbolize; prefigure.
  54. To make a figure; be conspicuous.
  55. To compute; cipher.
  56. Shape; appearance.
  57. A drawing or other representation; figurative language; a metaphor; a type.
  58. An active or conspicuous person; distinction.
  59. A numeral; hence, amount; price.
  60. One of the regular movements of a dance in which a certain set of steps is completed.
  61. Figured.
  62. 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.
  63. 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.
  64. To make a figure.
  65. 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.
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Usage examples for figure

  1. I figure we ought to give him the chance. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss
  2. Altogether, I was a miserable figure. – Old Jack by W.H.G. Kingston
  3. That's what we must figure out. – The Galaxy Primes by Edward Elmer Smith
  4. But, indeed, I could not figure out any plan worth speaking of. – Greenmantle by John Buchan
  5. " 'At a strange figure in the crowd, ' she answered. – Melchior's Dream and Other Tales by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. By it they saw a figure. – A Book of Ghosts by Sabine Baring-Gould
  9. Last night, soon after twelve, continued Malcolm Sage, Mr. Glanedale happened to look out of his window and was surprised to see a figure moving along towards the left. – Malcolm Sage, Detective by Herbert George Jenkins
  10. Beautiful figure, they could say. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  11. Goodness, child, what a figure you are! – Doctor Cupid by Rhoda Broughton
  12. They were trying to figure out how much money he wanted. – Polly in New York by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Figure on what it means to you. – The Covered Wagon by Emerson Hough
  16. 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
  17. Maybe he was sort of a father figure. – The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover
  18. The figure is important this time.... – Mr. Waddington of Wyck by May Sinclair
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