Figure
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. [1913 Webster]

If love, alas! be pain I bear, [1913 Webster]

No thought can figure, and no tongue declare.Prior. [1913 Webster]

2. To embellish with design; to adorn with figures. [1913 Webster]

The vaulty top of heaven Figured quite o'er with burning meteors. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To indicate by numerals; also, to compute. [1913 Webster]

As through a crystal glass the figured hours are seen. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. To represent by a metaphor; to signify or symbolize. [1913 Webster]

Whose white vestments figure innocence. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. To prefigure; to foreshow. [1913 Webster]

In this the heaven figures some event. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{To figure out}, to solve; to compute or find the result of.

{To figure up}, to add; to reckon; to compute the amount of. [1913 Webster]


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  • figure — [ figyr ] n. f. • Xe; lat. figura « forme » I ♦ 1 ♦ Vx Forme extérieure d un corps. ⇒ aspect. Des outils « dont il ne connaît ni l usage, ni le nom, ni la figure » (La Bruyère). ♢ Mod. N avoir plus figure humaine : être si mal en point que la… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • figuré — figure [ figyr ] n. f. • Xe; lat. figura « forme » I ♦ 1 ♦ Vx Forme extérieure d un corps. ⇒ aspect. Des outils « dont il ne connaît ni l usage, ni le nom, ni la figure » (La Bruyère). ♢ Mod. N avoir plus figure humaine : être si mal …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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. [1913 Webster] Flowers have all exquisite figures. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • figure — FIGURE. s. f. La forme exterieure d une chose materielle. La figure du corps humain. cet animal, ce poisson est d une estrange figure, voilà une plante d une figure bien bizarre. une estrange figure d homme. une plaisante figure, une sotte figure …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • figuré — figuré, ée (fi gu ré, rée) part. passé. 1°   Qui est fait selon une certaine figure.    Terme d anatomie. Élément anatomique figuré, se dit par opposition à éléments anatomiques amorphes ou matières amorphes.    Plan figuré d une maison, d une… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Figure — may refer to:*A shape, drawing, or representation *Figure 8 *A person s figure *Miniature representation of something **Action figure, in arts *a number *a type of person, as in Christ figureWriting *a figure in writing is a type of floating… …   Wikipedia

  • figure — n 1 *number, numeral, digit, integer Analogous words: symbol, *character 2 *form, shape, configuration, conformation Analogous words: *outline, contour, profile, silhouette: *character, symbol, sign, mark …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • figure — [fig′yər, figyoor; ] often, esp. for v., & Brit always [, fig′ər] n. [ME < OFr < L figura < fingere, to form, shape: see DOUGH] 1. the outline or shape of something; form 2. the shape of the human body; human form 3. a person, esp. one… …   English World dictionary

  • figure — [n1] numeral; numeric value amount, character, chiffer, cipher, cost, digit, integer, number, price, quotation, rate, sum, symbol, terms, total, worth; concepts 784,787 Ant. letter figure [n2] form, shape; physical structure anatomy, appearance,… …   New thesaurus

  • figure — Figure, f. penac. A diverses significations, l une est le delineament et pourtraict. Selon ce on dit, Cela a la figure d un cheval, Equum refert. Et de là procede cette phrase, veuë figure, qui signifie la description d un lieu faicte à veuë d… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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