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Definition 1: a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating - [noun denoting act]

Samples where figure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she made the best score on compulsory figures

(figure is a kind of ...) a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill

"he made a great maneuver" "the runner was out on a play by the shortstop"

(... is a kind of figure ) a skating figure that carves an 8 in the ice

(... is a kind of figure ) a skating figure executed with the skates heel to heel in a straight line

Definition 2: a model of a bodily form (especially of a person) - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where figure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he made a figure of Santa Claus

(figure is a kind of ...) representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)

(... is a kind of figure ) a figure representing the human form

(... is a kind of figure ) figure on the bow of some sailing vessels

(... is a kind of figure ) a small carved or molded figure

(... is a kind of figure ) a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer

(... is a kind of figure ) a figure of a person made of packed snow

(... is an instance of figure) a large hollow wooden figure of a horse (filled with Greek soldiers) left by the Greeks outside Troy during the Trojan War

Definition 3: a decorative or artistic work - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where figure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the coach had a design on the doors

Synonyms for figure in the sense of this definition

(figure is a kind of ...) something used to beautify

(... is a kind of figure ) 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

(... is a kind of figure ) design consisting of a pattern of regularly spaced circular spots

(... is a kind of figure ) a design produced by pyrography

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

"screen savers prevent the damage that occurs when the same areas of light and dark are displayed too long"

(... is a kind of figure ) a design consisting of a central disk resembling the sun and rays emanating from it

(... is a kind of figure ) a design on the skin made by tattooing

(... is a kind of figure ) a figure consisting of four stylized human arms or legs (or bent lines) radiating from a center

(... is a kind of figure ) a figure consisting of three stylized human arms or legs (or three bent lines) radiating from a center

(... is a kind of figure ) pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric

(... is a kind of figure ) a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration

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

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

(... is a kind of figure ) a design produced by inlaying gold or silver into steel

(... is a kind of figure ) either a design that is fixed to some surface or a paper bearing the design which is to be transferred to the surface

(... is a kind of figure ) any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)

(... is a kind of figure ) special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.

(... is a kind of figure ) 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

(... is a kind of figure ) a design carved in relief into a block of linoleum

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

(... is a kind of figure ) a pattern of marks

Definition 4: the impression produced by a person - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where figure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he cut a fine figure
  • a heroic figure

(figure is a kind of ...) an outward appearance

"he made a good impression" "I wanted to create an impression of success" "she retained that bold effect in her reproductions of the original painting"

Definition 5: the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where figure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the number of parameters is small
  • the figure was about a thousand

Synonyms for figure in the sense of this definition

(figure is a kind of ...) the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion

"an adequate amount of food for four people"

(... is a kind of figure ) a large number

(... is a kind of figure ) a superiority in numbers or amount

"a preponderance of evidence against the defendant"

(... is a kind of figure ) a number beyond counting

(... is a kind of figure ) the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part

"the majority of his customers prefer it" "the bulk of the work is finished"

(... is a kind of figure ) being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts

"when the vote was taken they were in the minority" "he held a minority position"

(... is a kind of figure ) the quality of being small in number

(... is a kind of figure ) the quality of being round numbers

"he gave us the results in round numbers, but their roundness didn't affect the point he was making"

Definition 6: alternative names for the body of a human being - [noun denoting body]

Samples where figure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for figure in the sense of this definition

(figure is a kind of ...) the entire physical structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)

"he felt as if his whole body were on fire"

(... is a kind of figure ) a human body (usually including the clothing)

"a weapon was hidden on his person"

(... is a kind of figure ) the body of a young person

(... is a kind of figure ) the body of an adult human being

(... is a kind of figure ) the body of a male human being

(... is a kind of figure ) the body of a female human being

(... is part of figure) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

(... is part of figure) any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage

Definition 7: a unitary percept having structure and coherence that is the object of attention and that stands out against a ground - [noun denoting cognition]

(figure is a kind of ...) the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept

Definition 8: a diagram or picture illustrating textual material - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where figure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the area covered can be seen from Figure 2

Synonyms for figure in the sense of this definition

(figure is a kind of ...) artwork that helps make something clear or attractive

Definition 9: language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for figure in the sense of this definition

(figure is a kind of ...) a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)

(... is a kind of figure ) conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence')

(... is a kind of figure ) substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in `they counted heads')

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

(... is a kind of figure ) conventional metaphoric name for something, used especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry

(... is a kind of figure ) extravagant exaggeration

(... is a kind of figure ) a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs

(... is a kind of figure ) an elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things

(... is a kind of figure ) 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

(... is a kind of figure ) substituting a more inclusive term for a less inclusive one or vice versa

(... is a kind of figure ) use of a verb with two or more complements, playing on the verb's polysemy, for humorous effect

"`Mr. Pickwick took his hat and his leave' is an example of zeugma"

(... is a kind of figure ) representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature

(figure is the usage domain for ...) the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events (like a falling domino causing a whole row of upended dominos to fall)

(figure is the usage domain for ...) a different aspect of something (especially the opposite aspect)

"the flip side of your positive qualities sometimes get out of control" "on the flip side of partnerships he talked about their competition"

(figure is the usage domain for ...) the end or completion of something

"death put a period to his endeavors" "a change soon put a period to my tranquility"

(figure is the usage domain for ...) the period of finest development, happiness, or beauty

"the golden summer of his life"

(figure is the usage domain for ...) an opening time period

"it was the dawn of the Roman Empire"

(figure is the usage domain for ...) a later concluding time period

"it was the evening of the Roman Empire"

(figure is the usage domain for ...) an easy accomplishment

"winning the tournament was a cakewalk for him" "invading Iraq won't be a cakewalk"

(figure is the usage domain for ...) (figurative) a course of action that is unproductive and offers no hope of improvement

"all the clues led the police into blind alleys" "so far every road that we've been down has turned out to be a blind alley"

(figure is the usage domain for ...) an unusually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales (especially a movie or play or recording or novel)

(figure is the usage domain for ...) an unexpected hit

"that movie was the sleeper of the summer"

(figure is the usage domain for ...) something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal

"the new advertising campaign was a bell ringer" "scored a bull's eye" "hit the mark" "the president's speech was a home run"

(figure is the usage domain for ...) (figurative) the act of reforming by the removal of unwanted personnel or practices or conditions

"more housecleaning is in store at other accounting firms" "many employees were discharged in a general housecleaning by the new owners"

(figure is the usage domain for ...) anything that is supposed to be valuable but turns out to be worthless

(figure is the usage domain for ...) (figurative) a position of leadership

"the President is at the helm of the Ship of State"

(figure is the usage domain for ...) (metaphor) a channel through which something can be seen or understood

"the writer is the lens through which history can be seen"

(figure is the usage domain for ...) a (future) time of financial need

"I am saving for a rainy day"

Definition 10: a well-known or notable person - [noun denoting person]

Samples where figure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for figure in the sense of this definition

(figure is a kind of ...) a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events

Definition 11: an amount of money expressed numerically - [noun denoting possession]

Samples where figure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a figure of $17 was suggested

(figure is a kind of ...) a quantity of money

"he borrowed a large sum" "the amount he had in cash was insufficient"

Definition 12: one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration - [noun denoting quantity]

Samples where figure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 0 and 1 are digits

Synonyms for figure in the sense of this definition

(figure is a kind of ...) any of the natural numbers (positive or negative) or zero

"an integer is a number that is not a fraction"

(... is a kind of figure ) the cardinal number that is the sum of seven and one

(... is a kind of figure ) the cardinal number that is the sum of six and one

(... is a kind of figure ) the cardinal number that is the sum of five and one

(... is a kind of figure ) the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one

(... is a kind of figure ) the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one

(... is a kind of figure ) the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one

(... is a kind of figure ) the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number

(... is a kind of figure ) the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number

"he has the one but will need a two and three to go with it" "they had lunch at one"

(... is a kind of figure ) a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number

(... is a kind of 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)

"he calculated the answer to four significant figures"

(... is a kind of figure ) a digit from 0 to 15 in hexadecimal notation

(... is a kind of figure ) a digit from 0 to 11 in duodecimal notation

(... is a kind of figure ) a digit from 0 to 9 in decimal notation

(... is a kind of figure ) a digit from 0 to 7 in octal notation

(... is a kind of figure ) either 0 or 1 in binary notation

(... is a kind of figure ) the cardinal number that is the sum of eight and one

Definition 13: a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape - [noun denoting shape]

(figure is a kind of ...) the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance

"geometry is the mathematical science of shape"

(... is a kind of figure ) a figure whose sides are all equal

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

(... is a kind of figure ) a two-dimensional shape

(... is a kind of figure ) a three-dimensional shape

(... is a kind of figure ) a figure that is a part of another figure

(... is a kind of figure ) (mathematics) one of a set of parallel geometric figures (parallel lines or planes)

"parallels never meet"

Definition 14: make a mathematical calculation or computation - [verb of cognition]

Synonyms for figure in the sense of this definition

(figure is a kind of ...) think logically

"The children must learn to reason"

(... is a kind of figure ) find the solution

"solve an equation" "solve for x"

(... is a kind of figure ) combine by multiplication

"multiply 10 by 15"

(... is a kind of figure ) perform a division

"Can you divide 49 by seven?"

(... is a kind of figure ) estimate the value of

(... is a kind of figure ) calculate a derivative; take the derivative

(... is a kind of figure ) calculate the integral of; calculate by integration

(... is a kind of figure ) plot a map of (land)

(... is a kind of figure ) judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)

"I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"

(... is a kind of figure ) make a budget

(... is a kind of figure ) compute the present value of a business or an income

(... is a kind of figure ) make a subtraction

"subtract this amount from my paycheck"

(... is a kind of figure ) make an addition by combining numbers

"Add 27 and 49, please!"

(... is a kind of figure ) 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

"Quantize gravity"

(... is a kind of figure ) calculate the root of a number

(... is a kind of figure ) perform mathematical and logical operations on (data) according to programmed instructions in order to obtain the required information

"The results of the elections were still being processed when he gave his acceptance speech"

(... is a kind of figure ) divide or assess proportionally

"The rent was prorated for the rest of the month"

(... is a kind of figure ) calculate incorrectly

"I miscalculated the number of guests at the wedding"

(... is a kind of figure ) calculate anew

"The costs had to be recalculated"

(... is a kind of figure ) compute the average of

(... is a kind of figure ) resolve into factors

"a quantum computer can factor the number 15"

(figure has a similar meaning as ...) be calculated

"The fees work out to less than $1,000"

(figure belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

Definition 15: judge to be probable - [verb of cognition]

Synonyms for figure in the sense of this definition

(figure is a kind of ...) form a critical opinion of

"I cannot judge some works of modern art" "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"

(... is a kind of figure ) allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something

"I allow for this possibility" "The seamstress planned for 5% shrinkage after the first wash"

Definition 16: understand - [verb of cognition]

Samples where figure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He didn't figure her

(figure is a kind of ...) get the meaning of something

"Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"

(figure is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 17: imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind - [verb of creation]

Samples where figure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for figure in the sense of this definition

(figure is a kind of ...) form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case

"Can you conceive of him as the president?"

(figure has a similar meaning as ...) perceive (an idea or situation) mentally

"Now I see!" "I just can't see your point" "Does she realize how important this decision is?" "I don't understand the idea"

(figure has a similar meaning as ...) form a mental picture of something that is invisible or abstract

"Mathematicians often visualize"

Definition 18: be or play a part of or in - [verb of stative]

Samples where figure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for figure in the sense of this definition

(figure is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

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