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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 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. [1913 Webster]

A coin that bears the figure of an angel. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

5. The appearance or impression made by the conduct or career of a person; as, a sorry figure. [1913 Webster]

I made some figure there. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Gentlemen of the best figure in the county. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

6. Distinguished appearance; magnificence; conspicuous representation; splendor; show. [1913 Webster]

That he may live in figure and indulgence. --Law. [1913 Webster]

7. A character or symbol representing a number; a numeral; a digit; as, 1, 2,3, etc. [1913 Webster]

8. Value, as expressed in numbers; price; as, the goods are estimated or sold at a low figure. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

With nineteen thousand a year at the very lowest figure. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Who is the figure of Him that was to come. --Rom. v. 14. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

To represent the imagination under the figure of a wing. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

11. (Logic) The form of a syllogism with respect to the relative position of the middle term. [1913 Webster]

12. (Dancing) Any one of the several regular steps or movements made by a dancer. [1913 Webster]

13. (Astrol.) A horoscope; the diagram of the aspects of the astrological houses. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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 [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Lay figure — Lay Lay, n. 1. That which lies or is laid or is conceived of as having been laid or placed in its position; a row; a stratum; a layer; as, a lay of stone or wood. Addison. [1913 Webster] A viol should have a lay of wire strings below. Bacon.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lay-figure — /lāˈfi gər/ noun 1. (earlier layˈman) a jointed model used by painters 2. A living person or a fictitious character lacking in individuality ORIGIN: Du leeman, from led (now lid) joint, and man man …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay figure — n. [earlier layman < Du leeman < MDu led, limb, joint, akin to OE lith, limb + man, man] 1. an artist s jointed model of the human form, on which drapery is arranged to get the proper effect 2. a person who is a mere puppet or a nonentity …   English World dictionary

  • lay figure — noun Etymology: obsolete English layman lay figure, from Dutch leeman Date: 1795 1. a jointed model of the human body used by artists to show the disposition of drapery 2. a person so compliant as to be likened to a puppet …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lay figure — lay′ fig ure n. 1) fia a jointed model of the human body, usu. of wood, from which artists work in the absence of a living model; mannequin 2) a person of no importance, individuality, distinction, etc.; nonentity • Etymology: 1785–95; lay,… …   From formal English to slang

  • lay figure — 1. a jointed model of the human body, usually of wood, from which artists work in the absence of a living model. 2. a similar figure used in shops to display costumes. 3. a person of no importance, individuality, distinction, etc.; nonentity.… …   Universalium

  • lay figure — /ˈleɪ fɪgə/ (say lay figuh) noun 1. a jointed model of the human body, usually of wood, from which artists work in the absence of a living model. 2. a mere puppet or nonentity; a person of no importance. {replacing obsolete layman (from Dutch… …   Australian English dictionary

  • lay figure — n. 1 a dummy or jointed figure of a human body used by artists for arranging drapery on etc. 2 an unrealistic character in a novel etc. 3 a person lacking in individuality. Etymology: lay f. obs. layman f. Du. leeman f. obs. led joint …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay figure — Synonyms and related words: Charlie McCarthy, air brush, art paper, brush, bust, camera lucida, camera obscura, canvas, carving, chalk, charcoal, cipher, clay model, crayon, creature, doll, dolly, drawing paper, drawing pencil, drier, dud, dummy …   Moby Thesaurus

  • lay figure — n 1. artist s model, model, figure, figurine, puppet, doll; image, effigy. 2. mannequin, manikin, dummy, dressmaker s model. 3. nonentity, nobody, nothing, cipher, insignificancy, jackstraw, little fellow, Inf. little guy, man on the street, John …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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