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English noun: figure

1. figure (communication) a diagram or picture illustrating textual material

SamplesThe area covered can be seen from Figure 2.


Broader (hypernym)illustration

2. figure (body) alternative names for the body of a human being

SamplesLeonardo studied the human body.
He has a strong physique.
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

Synonymsanatomy, bod, build, chassis, flesh, form, frame, human body, material body, physical body, physique, shape, soma

Broader (hypernym)body, organic structure, physical structure

Narrower (hyponym)adult body, female body, juvenile body, male body, person

Part meronymhomo, human, human being, individual, man, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

3. figure (quantity) one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration

Samples0 and 1 are digits.


Broader (hypernym)integer, whole number

Narrower (hyponym)0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, ace, binary digit, Captain Hicks, cinque, cipher, cypher, decimal digit, deuce, deuce-ace, duodecimal digit, eight, eighter, eighter from Decatur, ennead, fin, five, fivesome, four, foursome, half a dozen, heptad, hexad, hexadecimal digit, I, II, III, IV, IX, leash, Little Joe, Little Phoebe, Nina from Carolina, nine, niner, nought, octad, octal digit, octet, octonary, ogdoad, one, pentad, Phoebe, quadruplet, quartet, quatern, quaternary, quaternion, quaternity, quint, quintet, quintuplet, septenary, septet, sestet, seven, sevener, sextet, sextuplet, significant digit, significant figure, single, sise, six, sixer, tercet, ternary, ternion, terzetto, tetrad, three, threesome, tierce, trey, triad, trine, trinity, trio, triplet, troika, two, unity, V, VI, VII, VIII, zero

4. figure (artifact) a model of a bodily form (especially of a person)

SamplesHe made a figure of Santa Claus.

Broader (hypernym)model, simulation

Narrower (hyponym)dummy, figurehead, figurine, marionette, puppet, snowman, statuette

Instance hyponymTrojan Horse, Wooden Horse

5. figure (person) a well-known or notable person

SamplesThey studied all the great names in the history of France.
She is an important figure in modern music.

Synonymsname, public figure

Broader (hypernym)important person, influential person, personage

6. figure (shape) a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape

Broader (hypernym)form, shape

Narrower (hyponym)equilateral, parallel, pencil, plane figure, solid figure, subfigure, three-dimensional figure, two-dimensional figure

7. figure (possession) an amount of money expressed numerically

SamplesA figure of $17 was suggested.

Broader (hypernym)amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money

8. figure (attribute) the impression produced by a person

SamplesHe cut a fine figure.
A heroic figure.

Broader (hypernym)effect, impression

9. figure (attribute) the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals

SamplesHe had a number of chores to do.
The number of parameters is small.
The figure was about a thousand.


Broader (hypernym)amount

Narrower (hyponym)bulk, countlessness, fewness, innumerableness, majority, minority, multiplicity, numerosity, numerousness, preponderance, prevalence, roundness

10. figure (communication) language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense

Synonymsfigure of speech, image, trope

Broader (hypernym)rhetorical device

Narrower (hyponym)conceit, exaggeration, hyperbole, irony, kenning, metaphor, metonymy, oxymoron, personification, prosopopoeia, simile, synecdoche, zeugma

Domain usage membersbell ringer, blind alley, blockbuster, bull's eye, cakewalk, dawn, domino effect, evening, flip side, goldbrick, home run, housecleaning, lens, mark, megahit, period, rainy day, sleeper, smash hit, summer

11. figure (cognition) a unitary percept having structure and coherence that is the object of attention and that stands out against a ground

Broader (hypernym)percept, perception, perceptual experience


12. figure (artifact) a decorative or artistic work

SamplesThe coach had a design on the doors.

Synonymsdesign, pattern

Broader (hypernym)decoration, ornament, ornamentation

Narrower (hyponym)argyle, argyll, bear claw, damascene, decal, decalcomania, device, emblem, herringbone, herringbone pattern, linocut, mandala, marking, mihrab, motif, motive, polka dot, pyrograph, screen saver, sunburst, tattoo, tetraskele, tetraskelion, triskele, triskelion, weave

13. figure (act) a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating

SamplesShe made the best score on compulsory figures.

Broader (hypernym)maneuver, manoeuvre, play

Narrower (hyponym)figure eight, spread eagle

English verb: figure

1. figure (cognition) judge to be probable

Synonymscalculate, count on, estimate, forecast, reckon

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment

Narrower (hyponym)allow, take into account

2. figure (stative) be or play a part of or in

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


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)be

3. figure (creation) imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind

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

Synonymsenvision, fancy, image, picture, project, see, visualise, visualize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine

Verb grouprealise, realize, see, understand, visualise, visualize

4. figure (cognition) make a mathematical calculation or computation

Synonymscalculate, cipher, compute, cypher, reckon, work out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)reason

Narrower (hyponym)add, add together, approximate, average, average out, budget, capitalise, capitalize, deduct, differentiate, divide, estimate, extract, extrapolate, factor, factor in, factor out, fraction, gauge, guess, integrate, interpolate, judge, miscalculate, misestimate, multiply, process, prorate, quantise, quantize, recalculate, resolve, solve, subtract, survey, take off

Verb groupwork out

Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths

5. figure (cognition) understand

SamplesHe didn't figure her.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)apprehend, compass, comprehend, dig, get the picture, grasp, grok, savvy

Domain usagecolloquialism

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