- The definition of a figure is a number, a certain amount of money, a person's body shape or a notable person with an important or unique characteristic.
- An example of a figure is the number 2.
- An example of a figure is when you ask for a price for an item.
- An example of a figure is a stocky person or a think person.
- An example of a figure is a person you see far off in the distance who is in shadows.
- An example of a figure is someone who stands in for a father.
- To figure is defined as to play an important role in something.
An example of figure is how a fact about global warming is important to the debate.
The number 2 is a figure.
figure definition by Webster's New World
- the outline or shape of something; form
- the shape of the human body; human form
- a person, esp. one seen or thought of in a specified way: a great social figure
- a likeness or representation of a person or thing
- an illustration; diagram; picture; drawing
- an artistic design in fabrics, etc.; pattern
- the symbol for a number: the figure 5
- calculation with such symbols; arithmetic: very good at figures
- a sum of money
- Dancing, Skating a series or pattern of steps or movements
- Geom. a surface or space bounded on all sides by lines or planes
- Logic the form of a syllogism with reference to the use of the middle term as variously the subject or the predicate of the premises
- Music a series of consecutive tones or chords forming a distinct group which with other similar groups completes a phrase or theme; motif
- Rhetoric figure of speech
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin figura ; from fingere, to form, shape: see dough
- to represent in definite form; give a shape to
- to represent mentally; imagine
- to ornament with a design
- to compute with figures
- Informal to believe; consider; decide
- Music to indicate chords for (the bass) by writing the appropriate figures next to the notes
Origin: ME figuren < the n.
- to appear, often prominently: with in: you figure in all my dreams
- to be a causal factor: with in: poor food figured in his ill health
- to do arithmetic
- ☆ Informal to consider; calculate
- ☆ Informal to be just as expected or as anticipated
- figurer noun
figure definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- 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.
- a. A person, especially a well-known one: a famous historical figure.b. A person's public image or presence: became a tragic figure overnight.
- Impression or appearance made: cuts a dashing figure.
- A person, animal, or object that symbolizes something.
- A pictorial or sculptural representation, especially of the human body.
- a. A diagram.b. A design or pattern, as in a textile: silk with a paisley figure.
- An illustration printed from an engraved plate or block.
- a. A configuration or distinct group of steps in a dance.b. A pattern traced by a series of movements, as in ice skating.
- Music A brief melodic or harmonic unit often constituting the basis of a larger phrase or structure.
- Logic Any one of the forms that a syllogism can take, depending on the position of the middle term.
- Mathematics To calculate with numbers.
- To make a likeness of; depict.
- To adorn with a design or figures.
- 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.
- Informal a. To conclude, believe, or predict: I never figured that this would happen.b. To consider or regard: figured them as con artists.
- Mathematics To calculate; compute.
- a. To be or seem important or prominent.b. To be pertinent or involved: politicians who figured in the scandal.
- Informal To seem reasonable or expected: It figures.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin figūra; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.
- figˈur·er noun
figure - Medical Definition
- A form or shape, as of the human body.
- A person representing the essential aspects of a particular role.
figure - Phrases/Idioms
- to count on; rely on
- to consider as part of a scheme or project; plan on
- to solve; compute
- to understand; reason out