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 […]
- Figure-of-8 bandage
figure-of-8 bandage n. A bandage applied alternately to two parts, usually two segments of a limb above and below the joint, in such a way that the turns describe the figure 8.
noun 1. . 2. a knot resembling the figure 8. noun 1. an outline of the number 8 traced on ice by a skater 2. a flight manoeuvre by an aircraft outlining a figure 8 3.
noun, plural figures of speech. Rhetoric. 1. any expressive use of language, as a metaphor, simile, personification, or antithesis, in which words are used in other than their literal sense, or in other than their ordinary locutions, in order to suggest a picture or image or for other special effect. Compare (def 1). noun 1. […]