[fig-yer; especially British fig-er] /ˈfɪg yər; especially British ˈfɪg ər/
a numerical symbol, especially an Arabic numeral.
an amount or value expressed in numbers.
figures, the use of numbers in calculating; arithmetic:
to be poor at figures.
a written symbol other than a letter.
form or shape, as determined by outlines or exterior surfaces:
to be round, square, or cubical in figure.
the bodily form or frame:
a slender or graceful figure.
an individual bodily form or a person with reference to form or appearance:
A tall figure stood in the doorway.
a character or personage, especially one of distinction:
a well-known figure in society.
a person’s public image or presence:
a controversial political figure.
the appearance or impression made by a person or sometimes a thing:
to make quite a figure in financial circles; to present a wretched figure of poverty.
a representation, pictorial or sculptured, especially of the human form:
The frieze was bordered with the figures of men and animals.
an emblem, type, or symbol:
The dove is a figure of peace.
Rhetoric. a .
a textural pattern, as in cloth or wood:
draperies with an embossed silk figure.
a distinct movement or division of a dance.
a movement, pattern, or series of movements in skating.
Music. a short succession of musical notes, as either a melody or a group of chords, that produces a single complete and distinct impression.
Geometry. a combination of geometric elements disposed in a particular form or shape:
The circle, square, and polygon are plane figures. The sphere, cube, and polyhedron are solid figures.
Logic. the form of a categorical syllogism with respect to the relative position of the middle term.
Optics. the precise curve required on the surface of an optical element, especially the mirror or correcting plate of a reflecting telescope.
the natural pattern on a sawed wood surface produced by the intersection of knots, burls, growth rings, etc.
a phantasm or illusion.
verb (used with object), figured, figuring.
to compute or calculate (often followed by up):
to figure up a total.
to express in figures.
to mark or adorn with a design or pattern.
to portray by speech or action.
to represent or express by a figure of speech.
to represent by a pictorial or sculptured figure, a diagram, or the like; picture or depict; trace (an outline, silhouette, etc.).
Informal. to conclude, judge, reason, or think about:
I figured that you wanted me to stay.
verb (used without object), figured, figuring.
to compute or work with numerical figures.
to be or appear, especially in a conspicuous or prominent way:
His name figures importantly in my report.
Informal. (of a situation, act, request, etc.) to be logical, expected, or reasonable:
He quit the job when he didn’t get a raise—it figured.
figure in, to add in:
Figure in rent and utilities as overhead.
figure on, Informal.
figure out, Informal.
figure up, Informal. to total:
The bill figures up to exactly $1000.
cut a figure. (defs 84, 85b).
/ˈfɪɡə; US ˈfɪɡjər/
any written symbol other than a letter, esp a whole number
another name for digit (sense 2)
an amount expressed numerically: a figure of 1800 was suggested
(pl) calculations with numbers: he’s good at figures
visible shape or form; outline
the human form, esp as regards size or shape: a girl with a slender figure
a slim bodily shape (esp in the phrases keep or lose one’s figure)
a character or personage, esp a prominent or notable one; personality: a figure in politics
the impression created by a person through behaviour (esp in the phrase to cut a fine, bold, etc, figure)
a representation in painting or sculpture, esp of the human form
an illustration or explanatory diagram in a text
a representative object or symbol; emblem
a pattern or design, as on fabric or in wood
a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating
(geometry) any combination of points, lines, curves, or planes. A plane figure, such as a circle, encloses an area; a solid figure such as a sphere, encloses a volume
(rhetoric) See figure of speech
(logic) one of the four possible arrangements of the three terms in the premises of a syllogism Compare mood2 (sense 2)
when tr, often foll by up. to calculate or compute (sums, amounts, etc)
(transitive; usually takes a clause as object) (informal, mainly US & Canadian, NZ) to think or conclude; consider
(transitive) to represent by a diagram or illustration
(transitive) to pattern or mark with a design
(transitive) to depict or portray in a painting, etc
(transitive) (rhetoric) to express by means of a figure of speech
(transitive) to imagine
(intransitive) usually foll by in. to be included: his name figures in the article
(intransitive) (informal) to accord with expectation; be logical: it figures that he wouldn’t come
(informal) go figure, an expression of surprise, astonishment, wonder, etc
early 13c., “visible form or appearance of a person,” from Old French figure (10c.) “shape, body, form, figure; symbol, allegory,” from Latin figura “a shape, form, figure,” from PIE *dheigh- “to form, build” (see dough); originally in English with meaning “numeral,” but sense of “form, likeness” is almost as old (mid-13c.).
Philosophical and scientific senses are from Latin figura being used to translate Greek skhema. The rhetorical use of figure dates to late 14c.; hence figure of speech (1824). Figure eight as a shape was originally figure of eight (c.1600).
late 14c., “to represent” (in a picture); see figure (n.). Meaning “to shape into” is early 15c.; “to picture in the mind” is from c.1600; “to make an appearance” is c.1600. Meaning “work out a sum” is from 1833, American English. Related: Figured; figuring.
figure fig·ure (fĭg’yər)
ballpark figure, go figure
[fig-yer-uh-tiv] /ˈfɪg yər ə tɪv/ adjective 1. of the nature of or involving a , especially a metaphor; metaphorical and not literal: The word “head” has several figurative senses, as in “She’s the head of the company.”. Synonyms: metaphorical, not literal, symbolic. 2. metaphorically so called: His remark was a figurative boomerang. 3. abounding in […]
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figure and ground n. An aspect of perception in which the perceived is separated into at least two parts, each with different attributes but each influencing the other.
[fig-yerd] /ˈfɪg yərd/ adjective 1. ornamented with a device or pattern: figured silk; figured wallpaper. 2. formed or shaped: figured stones. 3. represented by a pictorial or sculptured figure: The god is figured as part man, part beast. 4. Music. 5. figurative, as language. [fig-yer; especially British fig-er] /ˈfɪg yər; especially British ˈfɪg ər/ noun […]
[beys] /beɪs/ noun, Music. 1. a bass part in which the notes have numbers under them indicating the chords to be played. /beɪs/ noun 1. a shorthand method of indicating a thorough-bass part in which each bass note is accompanied by figures indicating the intervals to be played in the chord above it in the […]