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  • A drawing or diagram conveying information.
  • The representation of any form, as by drawing, painting, modelling, carving, embroidering, etc.; especially, a representation of the human body.
  • A person or thing representing a certain consciousness.
  • The appearance or impression made by the conduct or career of a person.
  • Distinguished appearance; magnificence; conspicuous representation; splendour; show.
  • A human figure, which dress or corset must fit to; the shape of a human body.
  • A numeral.
  • A number, an amount.
  • A shape.
  • A visible pattern as in wood or cloth.
  • Any complex dance moveW.
  • A figure of speech.
  • The form of a syllogism with respect to the relative position of the middle term.
  • A horoscope; the diagram of the aspects of the astrological houses.
  • Any short succession of notes, either as melody or as a group of chords, which produce a single complete and distinct impression.
  • A form of melody or accompaniment kept up through a strain or passage; a motif; a florid embellishment.


  • To calculate, to solve a mathematical problem.
  • To come to understand.
  • To think, to assume, to suppose, to reckon.
  • To be reasonable.
  • To enter into; to be a part of.
  • To represent by a figure, as to form or mould; to make an image of, either palpable or ideal; also, to fashion into a determinate form; to shape.
  • To embellish with design; to adorn with figures.
  • To indicate by numerals.
  • To represent by a metaphor; to signify or symbolize.
  • To prefigure; to foreshow.
  • To write over or under the bass, as figures or other characters, in order to indicate the accompanying chords.
  • To embellish.


  • From Middle English figure, borrowed from Old French figure, from Latin figūra ("form, shape, form of a word, a figure of speech, {{cog") a sketch, drawing}}, from fingō, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeyǵʰ- ("to mold, shape, form, knead"). Cognate with Ancient Greek τεῖχος, Sanskrit देग्धि, Old English dāg ("dough"). More at dough. figura.

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