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Definition of figure:

  1. A character or symbol representing a number; a numeral; a digit; as, 1, 2, 3, etc.
  2. 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.
  3. A form of melody or accompaniment kept up through a strain or passage; a musical or motive; a florid embellishment.
  4. A horoscope; the diagram of the aspects of the astrological houses.
  5. 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.
  6. A pattern in cloth, paper, or other manufactured article; a design wrought out in a fabric; as, the muslin was of a pretty figure.
  7. A person, thing, or action, conceived of as analogous to another person, thing, or action, of which it thus becomes a type or representative.
  8. Any one of the several regular steps or movements made by a dancer.
  9. Any short succession of notes, either as melody or as a group of chords, which produce a single complete and distinct impression.
  10. Distinguished appearance; magnificence; conspicuous representation; splendor; show.
  11. The appearance or impression made by the conduct or carrer of a person; as, a sorry figure.
  12. The form of a syllogism with respect to the relative position of the middle term.
  13. The form of anything; shape; outline; appearance.
  14. 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.
  15. To calculate; to contrive; to scheme; as, he is figuring to secure the nomination.
  16. To embellish with design; to adorn with figures.
  17. To embellish.
  18. To indicate by numerals; also, to compute.
  19. To make a figure; to be distinguished or conspicious; as, the envoy figured at court.
  20. To prefigure; to foreshow.
  21. 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.
  22. To represent by a metaphor; to signify or symbolize.
  23. To write over or under the bass, as figures or other characters, in order to indicate the accompanying chords.
  24. Value, as expressed in numbers; price; as, the goods are estimated or sold at a low figure.


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