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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Figurehead  \Fig"ure*head`\,  n. 
  1.  (Naut.)  The  figure,  statue,  or  bust,  on  the  prow  of  a 
  ship. 
 
  2.  A  person  who  allows  his  name  to  be  used  to  give  standing 
  to  enterprises  in  which  he  has  no  responsible  interest  or 
  duties;  a  nominal,  but  not  real,  head  or  chief. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  figurehead 
  n  1:  a  person  used  as  a  cover  for  some  questionable  activity 
  [syn:  {front  man},  {front},  {nominal  head},  {straw  man}] 
  2:  on  the  bow  of  some  sailing  vessels 




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