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## fig·ure

(fĭg′yər)*n.*

**1.**

**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.

**d.**

**figures**One of the digits specified as making up a larger number: a salary in the six figures.

**2.**

**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: saw the figure of a cat in the window.

**c.**The shape or form of a human body: a fashion model with an attractive figure.

**d.**An indistinct object or shape: The figures in the mist turned out to be lampposts.

**3.**A person, especially a well-known one: a famous historical figure.

**4.**Impression or appearance made: cut a dashing figure at the reception.

**5.**A person, animal, or object that symbolizes something.

**6.**A pictorial or sculptural representation, especially of the human body.

**7.**

**a.**A diagram: drew a figure of the office layout.

**b.**A design or pattern, as in a textile: silk with a paisley figure.

**c.**An illustration printed from an engraved plate or block.

**8.**

**a.**A configuration or distinct group of steps in a dance.

**b.**A pattern traced by a series of movements, as in ice skating.

**9.**

*Music*A brief melodic or harmonic unit often constituting the basis of a larger phrase or structure.

**10.**

*Logic*Any one of the forms that a syllogism can take, given one of the four possible arrangements of the middle term.

*v.*

**fig·ured,**

**fig·ur·ing,**

**fig·ures**

*v.*

*tr.*

**1.**

*Mathematics*To calculate with numbers: figured the sum to be nearly a million.

**2.**To make a likeness of; depict.

**3.**To adorn with a design or figures.

**4.**

*Music*

**a.**To write a sequence of conventionalized numbers below or above (the bassline) to indicate harmony.

**b.**To embellish with an ornamental pattern.

**5.**

**a.**To conclude, believe, or predict: I never figured that this would happen.

**b.**To consider or regard: figured them as con artists.

*v.*

*intr.*

**1.**

*Mathematics*To calculate; compute.

**2.**

**a.**To be or seem important or prominent: a key fact that figures in our understanding of what happened.

**b.**To be pertinent or involved: His advice barely figured in my decision.

**3.**

*Informal*To seem reasonable or expected: "I found my keys in the sofa." "Well, that figures, given that you were sitting there last night."

*Phrasal Verbs:*

*figure in*To add in or include, as in making an account:

*figured in travel expenses when estimating the cost.*

*figure on**Informal*

**1.**To depend on:

*We figured on your support.*

**2.**To take into consideration; expect:

*I figured on an hour's delay.*

**3.**To plan:

*We figure on leaving at noon.*

*figure out***1.**To discover or decide:

*Let's figure out a way to help.*

**2.**To solve or decipher:

*Can you figure out this puzzle?*

*Idiom:*

*go figure*Used in the imperative to indicate the unexpectedness or absurdity of something.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin

`figūra`; see`dheigh-`in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]**fig′ur·er**

*n.*

**figure**

*Synonyms:*^{}

**,**design

^{}

**,**device

^{}

**,**motif

^{}

**,**pattern

These nouns denote an element or arrangement of elements in a decorative composition:

*a tapestry with a floral figure; a rug with a geometric design; a brooch with a fanciful and intricate device; a scarf with a heart motif; fabric with a plaid pattern.*See Also Synonyms at calculate

**,**form

**.**

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Noun | 1. | figuring - problem solving that involves numbers or quantitiesproblem solving - the thought processes involved in solving a problem extrapolation - (mathematics) calculation of the value of a function outside the range of known values interpolation - (mathematics) calculation of the value of a function between the values already known conversion - a change in the units or form of an expression: "conversion from Fahrenheit to Centigrade" approximation, estimate, estimation, idea - an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long it would take" derivative, derived function, differential, differential coefficient, first derivative - the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx integral - the result of a mathematical integration; F(x) is the integral of f(x) if dF/dx = f(x) |

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## figuring

*noun*

The act, process, or result of calculating:

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