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1. The act of forming something into a particular shape.
2. A shape, form, or outline.
3. The act of representing with figures.
4. A figurative representation.
5. Music
a. Ornamentation of a passage by embellishing and often repeating figures.
b. The pattern made by such embellishment or repetition.
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1. (Classical Music) music
a. the employment of characteristic patterns of notes, esp in variations on a theme
b. decoration or florid ornamentation in general
2. (Rhetoric) the act or an instance of representing figuratively, as by means of allegory or emblem
3. (Art Terms) a figurative or emblematic representation
4. (Art Terms) the act of decorating with a design
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(ˌfɪg yəˈreɪ ʃən)

1. the act of shaping into a particular figure.
2. the resulting figure or shape: emblematic figurations of the sun and the moon.
3. the act of representing figuratively.
4. a figurative representation.
5. the act of marking or adorning with a design.
a. musical ornamentation used to embellish a melodic line.
b. the figuring of a bass part.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.figuration - representing figuratively as by emblem or allegory
representation - an activity that stands as an equivalent of something or results in an equivalent
symbolising, symbolizing - the act of representing something with a symbol
2.figuration - decorating with a design
decoration - the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive)
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