a figure or form composed of two loops formed by a continuous line crossing itself, as in the figure 8, especially as traced on ice in figure skating.
a knot resembling the figure 8.
an outline of the number 8 traced on ice by a skater
a flight manoeuvre by an aircraft outlining a figure 8
- Figure eight suture
figure eight suture n. A suture used to approximate fascial edges, made using crisscross stiches.
[fig-yer-ground] /ˈfɪg yərˈgraʊnd/ noun, Psychology. 1. a property of perception in which there is a tendency to see parts of a visual field as solid, well-defined objects standing out against a less distinct background.
- Figure-ground phenomenon
noun 1. the division of the perceptual field into background and objects that appear to stand out against it. The concept was evolved by the Gestalt psychologists, who invented ambiguous figures in which the same part could be seen either as figure or ground
[fig-yer-hed] /ˈfɪg yərˌhɛd/ noun 1. a person who is of a group, company, etc., in title but actually has no real authority or responsibility: Most modern kings and queens are figureheads. 2. Nautical. a carved full-length or bust built into the bow of a sailing ship. /ˈfɪɡəˌhɛd/ noun 1. a person nominally having a prominent […]