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Noun: figure  fi-g(y)u(r)
  1. A diagram or picture illustrating textual material
    "the area covered can be seen from Figure 2";
    - fig
     
  2. An alternative name for the body of a human being
    "Leonardo studied the figure";
    - human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, form, flesh
     
  3. One of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration
    "0 and 1 are figures";
    - digit
     
  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
    "she is an important figure in modern music";
    - name, 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
    "the figure was about a thousand";
    - number
     
  10. Language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
    - trope, figure of speech, image
     
  11. A unitary percept having structure and coherence that is the object of attention and that stands out against a ground
     
  12. A decorative or artistic work
    "the coach had a figure on the doors";
    - design, pattern
     
  13. A predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating
    "she made the best score on compulsory figures"
Verb: figure  fi-g(y)u(r)
  1. Judge to be probable
    - calculate, estimate, reckon, count on, forecast
     
  2. Be or play a part of or in
    "How do the elections figure in the current pattern of internal politics?"; "Elections figure prominently in every government program";
    - enter
     
  3. Imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
    - visualize, visualise [Brit], envision, project, fancy, see, picture, image
     
  4. [N. Amer] (mathematics) make a mathematical calculation or computation
    - calculate, cipher, cypher, compute, work out, reckon
     
  5. Understand
    "He didn't figure her"

Derived forms: figures, figuring, figured

See also: figure out

Type of: amount, amount of money, apprehend, be, body, compass, comprehend, conceive of, decoration, dig, effect, envisage, evaluate, form, get the picture, grasp, grok [N. Amer], ideate, illustration, imagine, important person, impression, influential person, integer, judge, maneuver [US], manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], model, organic structure, ornament, ornamentation, pass judgment, percept, perception, perceptual experience, personage, physical structure, play, reason, rhetorical device, savvy, shape, simulation, sum, sum of money, whole number

Antonym: ground

Part of: homo, human, human being, individual, man, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Encyclopedia: Figure