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figure

Noun

1 a diagram or picture illustrating textual material; "the area covered can be seen from Figure 2" [syn: fig]
2 alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" [syn: 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 numbers; "0 and 1 are digits" [syn: 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; "they studied all the great names in the history of France"; "she is an important figure in modern music" [syn: 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; "he had a number of chores to do"; "the number of parameters is small"; "the figure was about a thousand" [syn: number]
10 language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense [syn: 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 [ant: ground]
12 a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors" [syn: design, pattern]
13 a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating; "she made the best score on compulsory figures"

Verb

1 judge to be probable [syn: calculate, estimate, reckon, count on, forecast]
2 be or play a part of or in; "Elections figure prominently in every government program"; "How do the elections figure in the current pattern of internal politics?" [syn: enter]
3 imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind; "I can't see him on horseback!"; "I can see what will happen"; "I can see a risk in this strategy" [syn: visualize, visualise, envision, project, fancy, see, picture, image]
4 make a mathematical calculation or computation [syn: calculate, cipher, cypher, compute, work out, reckon]
5 understand; "He didn't figure her"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology

From figure.

Noun

  1. A drawing conveying information.
  2. A person or thing representing a certain consciousness.
  3. A numeral.
  4. A shape.
  5. A visible pattern as in wood or cloth.

Translations

drawing
person
numeral
shape

Verb

(mainly US)
  1. To solve a mathematical problem.
  2. To come to understand.

Related terms

Translations

to solve a problem
to come to understand

French

Etymology

From figura.

Pronunciation

Noun

figure

Synonyms

Extensive Definition

Figure may refer to:
Writing
Accounting
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Other
figure in Catalan: Figura
figure in Czech: Figura
figure in German: Figur
figure in Spanish: Figura
figure in Esperanto: Figuro
figure in French: Figure
figure in Dutch: Figuur
figure in Japanese: フィギュア (曖昧さ回避)
figure in Simple English: Figure
figure in Slovak: Figúra
figure in Slovenian: Figura

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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marionette, mark, marking, master spirit, material body, matrix, measure, metaphorize, methodize, mint, mirage, mirror, modality, mode, model, modus tollens, mogul, mold, monument, mood, motif, motive, mould, movement, multiply, musical phrase, musical sentence, nabob, name, national style, nature, nonliterality, nonliteralness, notability, notable, notation, notoriety, notoriousness, number, numeral, numerate, numero, oblong, obtuse-angled triangle, octagon, octahedron, odor, organize, ornament, ornamental motif, ornamentation, outline, oxygon, pageant, pageantry, paint, panjandrum, parade, parallelepiped, parallelogram, paralogism, part, participate, particularity, passage, pattern, peculiarity, pentagon, pentahedron, perceive, period, period style, person, person of note, person of renown, personage, personality, personalize, personate, personify, phantasm, phantasma, phantasmagoria, phantom, phase, phasis, phasm, phenomenon, phrase, physical body, physique, pick out, picture, pillar of society, plan, plan ahead, plan on, plate, pleiad, plot, plume, point at, point out, point to, polygon, polyhedron, pop hero, popular hero, popular idol, popularity, portrait bust, power, power elite, prearrange, prefigure, presence, presume, pretypify, price, price tag, prism, prismoid, prize, profile, program, project, projection, property, prosyllogism, prototype, pseudosyllogism, public figure, publicity, puppet, purple passage, purple patches, put faith in, pyramid, quadrangle, quadrant, quadrature, quadrilateral, quality, quirk, rank, rate, rationalize, realize, reckon, reclame, recognition, rectangle, refer to, reference, reflect, refrain, regard, relief, renown, repeated figure, report, representation, reputation, repute, resolution, resolve, respect, response, rhombohedron, rhomboid, rhombus, ribbon, ritornello, rough, rough out, roughcast, roughhew, rule, rule of deduction, ruling circle, sachem, savor, scarecrow, schedule, schematize, score, sculpt, sculpture, 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trapezium, trapezoid, triangle, trick, trilateral, trope, trunk, trust in, turn, turn of expression, tutti, tutti passage, twig, twist, tycoon, type, typify, understand, valuate, value, variation, vaunt, verse, very important person, view, viewpoint, vision, vogue, waking dream, wax figure, waxwork, way of speaking, whole number, wildest dream, wise, wood carving, work, work out, work up, working drawing, worthy, wraith, wreathe
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