Figuring
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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