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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
figure
    n 1: a diagram or picture illustrating textual material; "the
         area covered can be seen from Figure 2" [syn: figure,
         fig]
    2: alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo
       studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the
       spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" [syn: human body,
       physical body, material body, soma, build, figure,
       physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame,
       form, flesh]
    3: one of the elements that collectively form a system of
       numeration; "0 and 1 are digits" [syn: digit, figure]
    4: a model of a bodily form (especially of a person); "he made a
       figure of Santa Claus"
    5: a well-known or notable person; "they studied all the great
       names in the history of France"; "she is an important figure
       in modern music" [syn: name, figure, public figure]
    6: a combination of points and lines and planes that form a
       visible palpable shape
    7: an amount of money expressed numerically; "a figure of $17
       was suggested"
    8: the impression produced by a person; "he cut a fine figure";
       "a heroic figure"
    9: the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite
       quantity of units or individuals; "he had a number of chores
       to do"; "the number of parameters is small"; "the figure was
       about a thousand" [syn: number, figure]
    10: language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense [syn:
        trope, figure of speech, figure, image]
    11: a unitary percept having structure and coherence that is the
        object of attention and that stands out against a ground
        [ant: ground]
    12: a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on
        the doors" [syn: design, pattern, figure]
    13: a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating; "she
        made the best score on compulsory figures"
    v 1: judge to be probable [syn: calculate, estimate,
         reckon, count on, figure, forecast]
    2: be or play a part of or in; "Elections figure prominently in
       every government program"; "How do the elections figure in
       the current pattern of internal politics?" [syn: figure,
       enter]
    3: imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind; "I can't see him on
       horseback!"; "I can see what will happen"; "I can see a risk
       in this strategy" [syn: visualize, visualise, envision,
       project, fancy, see, figure, picture, image]
    4: make a mathematical calculation or computation [syn:
       calculate, cipher, cypher, compute, work out,
       reckon, figure]
    5: understand; "He didn't figure her"

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Figure \Fig"ure\ (f[i^]g"[-u]r; 135), n. [F., figure, L. figura;
   akin to fingere to form, shape, feign. See Feign.]
   1. The form of anything; shape; outline; appearance.
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            Flowers have all exquisite figures.   --Bacon.
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   2. 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.
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            A coin that bears the figure of an angel. --Shak.
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   3. A pattern in cloth, paper, or other manufactured article;
      a design wrought out in a fabric; as, the muslin was of a
      pretty figure.
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   4. (Geom.) 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 surfaces; any arrangement made up of points,
      lines, angles, surfaces, etc.
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   5. The appearance or impression made by the conduct or career
      of a person; as, a sorry figure.
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            I made some figure there.             --Dryden.
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            Gentlemen of the best figure in the county.
                                                  --Blackstone.
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   6. Distinguished appearance; magnificence; conspicuous
      representation; splendor; show.
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            That he may live in figure and indulgence. --Law.
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   7. A character or symbol representing a number; a numeral; a
      digit; as, 1, 2,3, etc.
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   8. Value, as expressed in numbers; price; as, the goods are
      estimated or sold at a low figure. [Colloq.]
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            With nineteen thousand a year at the very lowest
            figure.                               --Thackeray.
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   9. A person, thing, or action, conceived of as analogous to
      another person, thing, or action, of which it thus becomes
      a type or representative.
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            Who is the figure of Him that was to come. --Rom. v.
                                                  14.
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   10. (Rhet.) 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. Also
       called a figure of speech.
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             To represent the imagination under the figure of a
             wing.                                --Macaulay.
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   11. (Logic) The form of a syllogism with respect to the
       relative position of the middle term.
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   12. (Dancing) Any one of the several regular steps or
       movements made by a dancer.
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   13. (Astrol.) A horoscope; the diagram of the aspects of the
       astrological houses. --Johnson.
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   14. (Music)
       (a) Any short succession of notes, either as melody or as
           a group of chords, which produce a single complete
           and distinct impression. --Grove.
       (b) A form of melody or accompaniment kept up through a
           strain or passage; a musical phrase or motive; a
           florid embellishment.
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   Note: Figures are often written upon the staff in music to
         denote the kind of measure. They are usually in the
         form of a fraction, the upper figure showing how many
         notes of the kind indicated by the lower are contained
         in one measure or bar. Thus, 2/4 signifies that the
         measure contains two quarter notes. The following are
         the principal figures used for this purpose: --
         2/22/42/8 4/22/44/8 3/23/43/8 6/46/46/8
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   Academy figure, Canceled figures, Lay figure, etc. See
      under Academy, Cancel, Lay, etc.

   Figure caster, or Figure flinger, an astrologer. "This
      figure caster." --Milton.

   Figure flinging, the practice of astrology.

   Figure-of-eight knot, a knot shaped like the figure 8. See
      Illust. under Knot.

   Figure painting, a picture of the human figure, or the act
      or art of depicting the human figure.

   Figure stone (Min.), agalmatolite.

   Figure weaving, the art or process of weaving figured
      fabrics.

   To cut a figure, to make a display. [Colloq.] --Sir W.
      Scott.
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3. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Figure \Fig"ure\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Figured; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Figuring.] [F. figurer, L. figurare, fr. figura. See
   Figure, n.]
   1. 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.
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            If love, alas! be pain I bear,
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            No thought can figure, and no tongue declare.Prior.
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   2. To embellish with design; to adorn with figures.
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            The vaulty top of heaven
            Figured quite o'er with burning meteors. --Shak.
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   3. To indicate by numerals; also, to compute.
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            As through a crystal glass the figured hours are
            seen.                                 --Dryden.
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   4. To represent by a metaphor; to signify or symbolize.
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            Whose white vestments figure innocence. --Shak.
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   5. To prefigure; to foreshow.
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            In this the heaven figures some event. --Shak.
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   6. (Mus.)
      (a) To write over or under the bass, as figures or other
          characters, in order to indicate the accompanying
          chords.
      (b) To embellish.
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   To figure out, to solve; to compute or find the result of.
      

   To figure up, to add; to reckon; to compute the amount of.
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4. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Figure \Fig"ure\, v. i.
   1. To make a figure; to be distinguished or conspicious; as,
      the envoy figured at court.
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            Sociable, hospitable, eloquent, admired, figuring
            away brilliantly.                     --M. Arnold.
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   2. To calculate; to contrive; to scheme; as, he is figuring
      to secure the nomination. [Colloq.]
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   go figure a phrase used by itself as an interjection to
      mean "How can one explain that?", or to express puzzlement
      over some seeming contradiction. [Colloq.]
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