[fig-yer-hed] /ˈfɪg yərˌhɛd/
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.
Nautical. a carved full-length or bust built into the bow of a sailing ship.
a person nominally having a prominent position, but no real authority
a carved bust or full-length figure at the upper end of the stems of some sailing vessels
1765, from figure (n.) + head (n.). Originally the ornament on the bow of a ship; sense of “leader without real authority” is first attested 1883.
- 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. […]
noun 1. a shoe skate used in figure skating, especially one having a blade shorter than that of a racing skate, usually not extending beyond the toe or heel, and with notches or sawteeth on the curved forward edge.