figure

figure
fig•ure
[[t]ˈfɪg yər[/t]] esp. brit. [[t]ˈfɪg ər[/t]] n. v. -ured, -ur•ing
1) math. a numerical symbol, esp. an Arabic numeral
2) math. an amount or value expressed in numbers
3) figures, the use of numbers in calculating; arithmetic
4) a written symbol other than a letter
5) the form or shape of something; outline
6) the bodily form or frame:
a graceful figure[/ex]
7) a character or personage, esp. one of distinction:
a well-known figure in society[/ex]
8) the appearance or impression made by a person or sometimes a thing
9) fia a representation, pictorial or sculptured, esp. of the human form
10) an emblem, type, or symbol:
The dove is a figure of peace[/ex]
11) rht a figure of speech
12) fia a textural pattern, as in cloth or wood
13) mad a distinct movement or division of a dance
14) spo a movement or series of movements in skating
15) mad a short succession of musical notes, as either a melody or a group of chords, that produces a single complete and distinct impression
16) math. a combination of geometric elements disposed in a plane shape or solid form, as a circle, polygon, or sphere
17) pho logic the form of a categorical syllogism with respect to the relative position of the middle term
18) to compute or calculate (often fol. by up):
to figure up a total[/ex]
19) to express in figures
20) fia to mark or adorn with a design or pattern
21) to represent or express by a figure of speech
22) fia to represent by a pictorial or sculptured figure, a diagram, or the like; picture or depict; trace (an outline, silhouette, etc.)
23) inf Informal. to conclude, judge, reason, or think:
I figured that you wanted me to stay[/ex]
24) math. to compute or work with numerical figures
25) to be or appear:
Your name figures importantly in my report[/ex]
26) inf Informal. to be logical, expected, or reasonable: It figures: when I have the time to travel, I don't have the money
27) phv inf figure on
a) to count or rely on
b) to take into consideration; plan on
28) phv inf figure out
a) to understand; solve
b) to calculate; compute
Etymology: 1175–1225; ME < OF < L figūra shape, trope, der. of fingere to shape fig′ur•a•ble, adj. fig′ure•less, adj. fig′ur•er, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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