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Definition of "figure" []

  • A written or printed symbol representing something other than a letter, especially a number. (noun)
  • Mathematical calculations: good at figures. (noun)
  • An amount represented in numbers: sold for a large figure. (noun)
  • Mathematics A geometric form consisting of any combination of points, lines, or planes: A triangle is a plane figure. (noun)
  • The outline, form, or silhouette of a thing. (noun)
  • Any written symbol other than a letter, esp a whole number (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An amount expressed numerically (noun)
  • Calculations with numbers (noun)
  • Visible shape or form; outline (noun)
  • The human form, esp as regards size or shape (noun)
  • A slim bodily shape (esp in the phrases keep or lose one's figure) (noun)
  • A character or personage, esp a prominent or notable one; personality (noun)
  • The impression created by a person through behaviour (esp in the phrase to cut a fine, bold, etc, figure) (noun)
  • A person as impressed on the mind (noun)
  • (in combination) (noun)
  • A representation in painting or sculpture, esp of the human form (noun)
  • An illustration or explanatory diagram in a text (noun)
  • A representative object or symbol; emblem (noun)
  • A pattern or design, as on fabric or in wood (noun)
  • A predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating (noun)
  • Any combination of points, lines, curves, or planes. A plane figure, such as a circle, encloses an area; a solid figure such as a sphere, encloses a volume (noun)
  • One of the four possible arrangements of the three terms in the premises of a syllogism (noun)
  • A numeral written above or below a note in a part (noun)
  • A characteristic short pattern of notes (noun)
  • To calculate or compute (sums, amounts, etc) (verb)
  • To think or conclude; consider (verb)
  • To represent by a diagram or illustration (verb)
  • To pattern or mark with a design (verb)
  • To depict or portray in a painting, etc (verb)
  • To express by means of a figure of speech (verb)
  • To imagine (verb)
  • To decorate (a melody line or part) with ornamentation (verb)
  • To provide figures above or below (a bass part) as an indication of the accompanying harmonies required (verb)
  • To be included (verb)
  • To accord with expectation; be logical (verb)

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Use "figure" in a sentence
  • "Now, since the recurring decimal. [.9] is equal to 9/9, and therefore to 1, it is evident that, although the clown who bears the figure 1 is absent, the man who bears the figure 9 by this simple artifice has for the occasion given his _figure_ the value of the"
  • "Hence, when we acquire the idea of solidity, we acquire at the same time the idea of FIGURE; and this idea of figure, or motion of _a part_ of the organ of touch, exactly resembles _in its figure_ the figure of the body that occasions it; and thus exactly acquaints us with this property of the external world."
  • "Reason it rocks: The fact that the main figure is screaming his throat raw with the headliners of the issue is enough for me."