I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin figura, from fingere Date: 13th century 1. a. a number symbol ; numeral, digit b. plural arithmetical calculations <
good at figures
c. a written or printed character d. value especially as expressed in numbers ; sum, price <
sold at a low figure
e. plural digits representing an amount (as of money earned or points scored) <
made six figures last year
a score in double figures
2. a. a geometric form (as a line, triangle, or sphere) especially when considered as a set of geometric elements (as points) in space of a given number of dimensions <
a square is a plane figure
b. bodily shape or form especially of a person <
a slender figure
c. an object noticeable only as a shape or form <
figures moving in the dusk
3. a. the graphic representation of a form especially of a person or geometric entity b. a diagram or pictorial illustration of textual matter 4. a person, thing, or action representative of another 5. a. figure of speech b. an intentional deviation from the ordinary form or syntactical relation of words 6. the form of a syllogism with respect to the relative position of the middle term 7. an often repetitive pattern or design in a manufactured article (as cloth) or natural product (as wood) <
a polka-dot figure
8. appearance made ; impression produced <
the couple cut quite a figure
9. a. a series of movements in a dance b. an outline representation of a form traced by a series of evolutions (as with skates on an ice surface or by an airplane in the air) 10. a prominent personality ; personage <
great figures of history
11. a short coherent group of notes or chords that may constitute part of a phrase, theme, or composition II. verb (figured; figuring) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to represent by or as if by a figure or outline 2. to decorate with a pattern; also to write figures over or under (the bass) in order to indicate the accompanying chords 3. to indicate or represent by numerals 4. a. calculate b. conclude, decide <
figured there was no use in further effort
; also assume <
figure it will rain
c. regard, consider d. to appear likely <
figures to win
intransitive verb 1. a. to be or appear important or conspicuous b. to be involved or implicated <
figured in a robbery
2. to perform a figure in dancing 3. compute, calculate 4. to seem rational, normal, or expected <
that figures
5. to make sense of something — used interjectionally in the phrase go figure to suggest that something is surprising or perplexing <
why do they think women will buy this lie? Go figure — Ellen Bravo
figurer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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