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Definition of Figure


  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.
  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. 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.
  6. Distinguished appearance; magnificence; conspicuous representation; splendor; show.
  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.
  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.
  10. 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.
  11. The form of a syllogism with respect to the relative position of the middle term.
  12. Any one of the several regular steps or movements made by a dancer.
  13. A horoscope; the diagram of the aspects of the astrological houses.
  14. 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 or motive; a florid embellishment.
  16. 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.
  17. To embellish with design; to adorn with figures.
  18. To indicate by numerals; also, to compute.
  19. To represent by a metaphor; to signify or symbolize.
  20. To prefigure; to foreshow.
  21. To write over or under the bass, as figures or other characters, in order to indicate the accompanying chords.
  22. To embellish.
  23. To make a figure; to be distinguished or conspicious; as, the envoy figured at court.
  24. To calculate; to contrive; to scheme; as, he is figuring to secure the nomination.
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Figure Translations

figure in Afrikaans is syfer
figure in Danish is figur, beregne
figure in Dutch is rekenen, cijferen
figure in Finnish is numero, laskea
figure in German is bild, Zeichen, Gestalt, Gestalt
figure in Italian is figura, novero, cifra
figure in Latin is instar
figure in Norwegian is figurere, skikkelse, anta, tall, framstille
figure in Portuguese is figura
figure in Spanish is figura, cifra, calcular, cifra