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fig·ure  (fgyr)
n.
1.
a. A written or printed symbol representing something other than a letter, especially a number.
b. figures Mathematical calculations: good at figures.
c. An amount represented in numbers: sold for a large figure.
2.
a. Mathematics A geometric form consisting of any combination of points, lines, or planes: A triangle is a plane figure.
b. The outline, form, or silhouette of a thing.
c. The shape or form of a human body.
d. An indistinct object or shape: saw figures dashing down the street.
3.
a. A person, especially a well-known one: a famous historical figure.
b. A persons public image or presence: became a tragic figure overnight.
4. Impression or appearance made: cuts a dashing figure.
5. A person, animal, or object that symbolizes something.
6. A pictorial or sculptural representation, especially of the human body.
7.
a. A diagram.
b. A design or pattern, as in a textile: silk with a paisley figure.
8. An illustration printed from an engraved plate or block.
9.
a. A configuration or distinct group of steps in a dance.
b. A pattern traced by a series of movements, as in ice skating.
10. Music A brief melodic or harmonic unit often constituting the basis of a larger phrase or structure.
11. Logic Any one of the forms that a syllogism can take, depending on the position of the middle term.
v. fig·ured, fig·ur·ing, fig·ures
v.tr.
1. Mathematics To calculate with numbers.
2. To make a likeness of; depict.
3. To adorn with a design or figures.
4. Music
a. To write a sequence of conventionalized numbers below or above (the bass line) to indicate harmony.
b. To embellish with an ornamental pattern.
5. Informal
a. To conclude, believe, or predict: I never figured that this would happen.
b. To consider or regard: figured them as con artists.
v.intr.
1. Mathematics To calculate; compute.
2.
a. To be or seem important or prominent.
b. To be pertinent or involved: politicians who figured in the scandal.
3. Informal To seem reasonable or expected: It figures.
Phrasal Verbs:
figure in
To include, as in making an account: figured in travel expenses.
figure on Informal
1. To depend on: We figured on your support.
2. To take into consideration; expect: I figured on an hours delay.
3. To plan: We figure on leaving at noon.
figure out Informal
1. To discover or decide: Lets figure out a way to help.
2. To solve or decipher: Can you figure out this puzzle?

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin figra; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.]

figur·er n.
Synonyms: figure, design, device, motif, pattern
These nouns denote an element or a component in a decorative composition: a tapestry with a floral figure; a rug with a geometric design; a brooch with a fanciful and intricate device; a scarf with a heart motif; fabric with a plaid pattern. See Also Synonyms at calculate, form.


figure  /fgyr/  n. 1 a number, sum: The figure for that project is a million dollars. 2 a persons shape: That actor has a good figure. 3 the form of a person: In the moonlight, we could see two figures in the distance. 4 an important person: Martin Luther King, Jr. is a famous historical figure. 5 a drawing in a book: The figure on page 63 shows how a car engine works.
v. -ured, -uring, -ures 1 [T] to believe, predict: I figure that the seller wants a better price than my first offer. 2 [I] to be a part of: He figures largely in her dreams for the future. 3 That figures!: to be expected, logical: That figures! Hes always late. 4 phrasal v. [I] to figure in: to add in, include: I figured in an extra 5% in the budget for possible additional costs. 5 phrasal v. [T] to figure on: to plan, expect: You can figure on spending $800 for the plane fare. 6 phrasal v. infrml. [T] to figure out: to solve, understand: The student figured out the solution to the math problem.

Thesaurus: figure n. 1 an amount, cost 2 a body, build 3 an outline, shape 4 personality, character
5 an illustration.
v. 1 to estimate, reckon 2 to play a part in. figure

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