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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Figure  \Fig"ure\  (?;  135),  n.  [F.,  figure,  L.  figura;  akin  to 
  fingere  to  form  shape,  feign.  See  {Feign}.] 
  1.  The  form  of  anything  shape;  outline;  appearance. 
 
  Flowers  have  all  exquisite  figures.  --Bacon. 
 
  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  surface;  any  arrangement  made  up  of  points, 
  lines,  angles,  surfaces,  etc 
 
  5.  The  appearance  or  impression  made  by  the  conduct  or  carrer 
  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.  [Colloq.] 
 
  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. 
 
  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.  --Johnson. 
 
  14.  (Music) 
  a  Any  short  succession  of  notes,  either  as  melody  or  as 
  a  group  of  chords,  which  produce  a  single  complete 
  and  distinct  impression.  --Grove. 
  b  A  form  of  melody  or  accompaniment  kept  up  through  a 
  strain  or  passage;  a  musical  or  motive;  a  florid 
  embellishment. 
 
  Note:  Figures  are  often  written  upon  the  staff  in  music  to 
  denote  the  kind  of  measure.  They  are  usually  in  the 
  form  of  a  fraction,  the  upper  figure  showing  how  many 
  notes  of  the  kind  indicated  by  the  lower  are  contained 
  in  one  measure  or  bar.  Thus  2/4  signifies  that  the 
  measure  contains  two  quarter  notes.  The  following  are 
  the  principal  figures  used  for  this  purpose: 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Figure  \Fig"ure\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  make  a  figure;  to  be  distinguished  or  conspicious;  as 
  the  envoy  figured  at  court. 
 
  Sociable,  hospitable,  eloquent,  admired,  figuring 
  away  brilliantly.  --M.  Arnold. 
 
  2.  To  calculate;  to  contrive;  to  scheme;  as  he  is  figuring 
  to  secure  the  nomination.  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Figure  \Fig"ure\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Figured};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Figuring}.]  [F.  figurer,  L.  figurare,  fr  figura.  See 
  {Figure},  n.] 
  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. 
 
  If  love,  alas!  be  pain  I  bear, 
 
  No  thought  can  figure,  and  no  tongue  declare.Prior. 
 
  2.  To  embellish  with  design;  to  adorn  with  figures. 
 
  The  vaulty  top  of  heaven  Figured  quite  o'er  with 
  burning  meteors.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  indicate  by  numerals;  also  to  compute. 
 
  As  through  a  crystal  glass  the  figured  hours  are 
  seen.  --Dryden. 
 
  4.  To  represent  by  a  metaphor;  to  signify  or  symbolize. 
 
  Whose  white  vestments  figure  innocence.  --Shak. 
 
  5.  To  prefigure;  to  foreshow. 
 
  In  this  the  heaven  figures  some  event.  --Shak. 
 
  6.  (Mus.) 
  a  To  write  over  or  under  the  bass,  as  figures  or  other 
  characters,  in  order  to  indicate  the  accompanying 
  chords. 
  b  To  embellish. 
 
  {To  figure  out},  to  solve;  to  compute  or  find  the  result  of 
 
 
  {To  figure  up},  to  add  to  reckon;  to  compute  the  amount  of 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  figure 
  n  1:  a  diagram  or  picture  illustrating  textual  material;  "the 
  area  covered  can  be  seen  from  Figure  2"  [syn:  {fig}] 
  2:  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"  [syn:  {human  body}, 
  {physical  body},  {material  body},  {soma},  {build},  {physique}, 
  {anatomy},  {shape},  {bod},  {chassis},  {frame},  {form},  {flesh}] 
  3:  a  digit  from  0  to  9  in  decimal  notation  [syn:  {decimal  digit}] 
  4:  a  representation  of  a  bodily  form  (especially  of  a  person); 
  "he  made  a  figure  of  Santa  Claus" 
  5:  a  well-known  person;  "they  studied  all  the  great  names  in 
  the  history  of  France"  [syn:  {name}] 
  6:  a  combination  of  points  and  lines  and  planes  that  form  a 
  visible  palpable  shape 
  7:  an  amount  of  money  expressed  numerically;  "a  figure  of  $17 
  was  suggested" 
  8:  the  impression  produced  by  a  person;  "he  cut  a  fine  figure"; 
  "a  heroic  figure" 
  9:  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"  [syn:  {number}] 
  10:  language  used  in  a  figurative  or  nonliteral  sense  [syn:  {trope}, 
  {figure  of  speech},  {image}] 
  11:  a  unitary  percept  having  structure  and  coherence  that  is  the 
  object  of  attention  and  that  stands  out  against  a  ground 
  [ant:  {ground}] 
  12:  a  decorative  or  artistic  work  "the  coach  had  a  design  on 
  the  doors"  [syn:  {design},  {pattern}] 
  13:  a  predetermined  set  of  movements  in  dancing  or  skating;  "she 
  made  the  best  score  on  compulsory  figures" 
  v  1:  judge  to  be  probable  [syn:  {calculate},  {estimate},  {reckon}, 
  {count  on},  {forecast}] 
  2:  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?"  [syn:  {enter}] 
  3:  imagine;  see  in  one's  mind;  "I  can't  see  him  on  horseback!" 
  "I  can  see  what  will  happen"  [syn:  {visualize},  {envision}, 
  {project},  {fancy},  {see},  {picture},  {image}] 
  4:  make  a  mathematical  calculation  or  computation  [syn:  {calculate}, 
  {cipher},  {cypher},  {compute},  {reckon}] 
  5:  understand  (informal);  "He  didn't  figure  her" 




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