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FIGURE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does figure mean? 

FIGURE (noun)
  The noun FIGURE has 13 senses:

1. a diagram or picture illustrating textual material
2. alternative names for the body of a human being
3. one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration
4. a model of a bodily form (especially of a person)
5. a well-known or notable person
6. a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape
7. an amount of money expressed numerically
8. the impression produced by a person
9. the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals
10. language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
11. a unitary percept having structure and coherence that is the object of attention and that stands out against a ground
12. a decorative or artistic work
13. a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating

  Familiarity information: FIGURE used as a noun is familiar.


FIGURE (verb)
  The verb FIGURE has 5 senses:

1. judge to be probable
2. be or play a part of or in
3. imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
4. make a mathematical calculation or computation
5. understand

  Familiarity information: FIGURE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


FIGURE (noun)


Sense 1figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A diagram or picture illustrating textual material

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

fig; figure

Context example:

the area covered can be seen from Figure 2

Hypernyms ("figure" is a kind of...):

illustration (artwork that helps make something clear or attractive)


Sense 2figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Alternative names for the body of a human being

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

physical body; bod; material body; chassis; human body; flesh; figure; build; anatomy; physique; soma; shape; frame; form

Context examples:

Leonardo studied the human body / he has a strong physique / the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak

Hypernyms ("figure" is a kind of...):

body; organic structure; physical structure (the entire structure of an organism (especially an animal or human being))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "figure"):

male body (the body of a male human being)

adult body (the body of an adult human being)

juvenile body (the body of a young person)

person (a human body (usually including the clothing))

female body (the body of a female human being)

Holonyms ("figure" is a part of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

homo; human; human being; man (any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage)


Sense 3figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

digit; figure

Context example:

0 and 1 are digits

Hypernyms ("figure" is a kind of...):

integer; whole number (any of the natural numbers (positive or negative) or zero)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "figure"):

3; deuce-ace; III; leash; tercet; ternary; ternion; terzetto; three; threesome; tierce; trey; triad; trine; trinity; trio; triplet; troika (the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one)

4; four; foursome; IV; Little Joe; quadruplet; quartet; quatern; quaternary; quaternion; quaternity; tetrad (the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one)

5; cinque; fin; five; fivesome; Little Phoebe; pentad; Phoebe; quint; quintet; quintuplet; V (the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one)

6; Captain Hicks; half a dozen; hexad; sestet; sextet; sextuplet; sise; six; sixer; VI (the cardinal number that is the sum of five and one)

7; heptad; septenary; septet; seven; sevener; VII (the cardinal number that is the sum of six and one)

8; eight; eighter; eighter from Decatur; octad; octet; octonary; ogdoad; VIII (the cardinal number that is the sum of seven and one)

9; ennead; IX; Nina from Carolina; nine; niner (the cardinal number that is the sum of eight and one)

2; deuce; II; two (the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number)

1; ace; I; one; single; unity (the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number)

binary digit (either 0 or 1 in binary notation)

octal digit (a digit from 0 to 7 in octal notation)

decimal digit (a digit from 0 to 9 in decimal notation)

duodecimal digit (a digit from 0 to 11 in duodecimal notation)

hexadecimal digit (a digit from 0 to 15 in hexadecimal notation)

significant digit; significant figure (any digit of a number that is known with certainty; any digit of a number beginning with the leftmost non-zero digit and ending with the rightmost non-zero digit (or a zero considered to be the exact value))

0; cipher; cypher; nought; zero (a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number)


Sense 4figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A model of a bodily form (especially of a person)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

he made a figure of Santa Claus

Hypernyms ("figure" is a kind of...):

model; simulation (representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "figure"):

snowman (a figure of a person made of packed snow)

marionette; puppet (a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer)

figurine; statuette (a small carved or molded figure)

figurehead (figure on the bow of some sailing vessels)

dummy (a figure representing the human form)

Instance hyponyms:

Trojan Horse; Wooden Horse (a large hollow wooden figure of a horse (filled with Greek soldiers) left by the Greeks outside Troy during the Trojan War)


Sense 5figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A well-known or notable person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

public figure; name; figure

Context examples:

they studied all the great names in the history of France / she is an important figure in modern music

Hypernyms ("figure" is a kind of...):

important person; influential person; personage (a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events)


Sense 6figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Hypernyms ("figure" is a kind of...):

form; shape (the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "figure"):

subfigure (a figure that is a part of another figure)

solid figure; three-dimensional figure (a three-dimensional shape)

plane figure; two-dimensional figure (a two-dimensional shape)

pencil (a figure formed by a set of straight lines or light rays meeting at a point)

equilateral (a figure whose sides are all equal)


Sense 7figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An amount of money expressed numerically

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Context example:

a figure of $17 was suggested

Hypernyms ("figure" is a kind of...):

amount; amount of money; sum; sum of money (a quantity of money)


Sense 8figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The impression produced by a person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context examples:

he cut a fine figure / a heroic figure

Hypernyms ("figure" is a kind of...):

effect; impression (an outward appearance)


Sense 9figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

number; figure

Context examples:

he had a number of chores to do / the number of parameters is small / the figure was about a thousand

Hypernyms ("figure" is a kind of...):

amount (how much of something is available)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "figure"):

roundness (the quality of being round numbers)

fewness (the quality of being small in number)

minority (being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts)

bulk; majority (the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part)

countlessness; innumerableness (a number beyond counting)

preponderance; prevalence (a superiority in numbers or amount)

multiplicity; numerosity; numerousness (a large number)


Sense 10figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

trope; figure of speech; image; figure

Hypernyms ("figure" is a kind of...):

rhetorical device (a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance))

Domain member usage:

blind alley ((figurative) a course of action that is unproductive and offers no hope of improvement)

lens ((metaphor) a channel through which something can be seen or understood)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "figure"):

zeugma (use of a word to govern two or more words though appropriate to only one)

synecdoche (substituting a more inclusive term for a less inclusive one or vice versa)

simile (a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as'))

personification; prosopopoeia (representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature)

oxymoron (conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence'))

metonymy (substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in 'they counted heads'))

metaphor (a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity)

kenning (conventional metaphoric name for something, used especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry)

exaggeration; hyperbole (extravagant exaggeration)

irony (a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs)

conceit (an elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things)


Sense 11figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A unitary percept having structure and coherence that is the object of attention and that stands out against a ground

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("figure" is a kind of...):

percept; perception; perceptual experience (the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept)

Antonym:

ground (a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused)


Sense 12figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A decorative or artistic work

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

pattern; design; figure

Context example:

the coach had a design on the doors

Hypernyms ("figure" is a kind of...):

decoration; ornament; ornamentation (something used to beautify)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "figure"):

polka dot (design consisting of a pattern of regularly spaced circular spots)

pyrograph (a design produced by pyrography)

screen saver ((computer science) a moving design that appears on a computer screen when there has been no input for a specified period of time)

sunburst (a design consisting of a central disk resembling the sun and rays emanating from it)

tattoo (a design on the skin made by tattooing)

tetraskele; tetraskelion (a figure consisting of four stylized human arms or legs (or bent lines) radiating from a center)

triskele; triskelion (a figure consisting of three stylized human arms or legs (or three bent lines) radiating from a center)

weave (pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric)

marking (a pattern of marks)

motif (a design that consists of recurring shapes or colors)

mihrab ((Islam) a design in the shape of niche in a Muslim prayer rug; during worship the niche must be pointed toward Mecca)

argyle; argyll (a design consisting of a pattern of varicolored diamonds on a solid background (originally for knitted articles); patterned after the tartan of a clan in western Scotland)

bear claw (an incised design resembling the claw of a bear; used in Native American pottery)

damascene (a design produced by inlaying gold or silver into steel)

decal; decalcomania (a design fixed to some surface or a paper bearing the design to be transferred to the surface)

device (any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery))

emblem (special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.)

herringbone; herringbone pattern (a pattern of columns of short parallel lines with all the lines in one column sloping one way and lines in adjacent columns sloping the other way; it is used in weaving, masonry, parquetry, embroidery)

linocut (a design carved in relief into a block of linoleum)

mandala (any of various geometric designs (usually circular) symbolizing the universe; used chiefly in Hinduism and Buddhism as an aid to meditation)


Sense 13figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

she made the best score on compulsory figures

Hypernyms ("figure" is a kind of...):

maneuver; manoeuvre; play (a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "figure"):

figure eight (a skating figure that carves an 8 in the ice)

spread eagle (a skating figure executed with the skates heel to heel in a straight line)


FIGURE (verb)


Sense 1figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Judge to be probable

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

count on; figure; reckon; forecast; estimate; calculate

Hypernyms (to "figure" is one way to...):

evaluate; judge; pass judgment (form a critical opinion of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "figure"):

allow; take into account (allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 2figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be or play a part of or in

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

figure; enter

Context examples:

Elections figure prominently in every government program / How do the elections figure in the current pattern of internal politics?

Hypernyms (to "figure" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

visualize; picture; image; fancy; envision; figure; visualise; see; project

Context examples:

I can't see him on horseback! / I can see what will happen / I can see a risk in this strategy

Hypernyms (to "figure" is one way to...):

conceive of; envisage; ideate; imagine (form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 4figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a mathematical calculation or computation

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

compute; calculate; cipher; cypher; figure; reckon; work out

Hypernyms (to "figure" is one way to...):

reason (think logically)

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "figure"):

divide; fraction (perform a division)

extrapolate; interpolate (estimate the value of)

differentiate (calculate a derivative; take the derivative)

integrate (calculate the integral of; calculate by integration)

survey (plot a map of (land))

approximate; estimate; gauge; guess; judge (judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time))

budget (make a budget)

capitalise; capitalize (compute the present value of a business or an income)

resolve; solve (find the solution)

multiply (combine by multiplication)

deduct; subtract; take off (make a subtraction)

quantise; quantize (apply quantum theory to; restrict the number of possible values of (a quantity) or states of (a physical entity or system) so that certain variables can assume only certain discrete magnitudes that are integral multiples of a common factor)

extract (calculate the root of a number)

process (perform mathematical and logical operations on (data) according to programmed instructions in order to obtain the required information)

prorate (divide or assess proportionally)

miscalculate; misestimate (calculate incorrectly)

recalculate (calculate anew)

average; average out (compute the average of)

factor; factor in; factor out (resolve into factors)

add; add together (make an addition by combining numbers)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Also:

figure out (find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of)


Sense 5figure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Understand

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

He didn't figure her

Hypernyms (to "figure" is one way to...):

apprehend; compass; comprehend; dig; get the picture; grasp; grok; savvy (get the meaning of something)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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