figure

The Correct spelling is: figure

Common misspellings of the word figure are:

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  • n.
      1. A written or printed symbol representing something other than a letter, especially a number.
      2. figures Mathematical calculations: good at figures.
      3. An amount represented in numbers: sold for a large figure.
      1. Mathematics. A geometric form consisting of any combination of points, lines, or planes: A triangle is a plane figure.
      2. The outline, form, or silhouette of a thing.
      3. The shape or form of a human body.
      4. An indistinct object or shape: saw figures dashing down the street.
      1. A person, especially a well-known one: a famous historical figure.
      2. A person's public image or presence: became a tragic figure overnight.
    1. Impression or appearance made: cuts a dashing figure.
    2. A person, animal, or object that symbolizes something.
    3. A pictorial or sculptural representation, especially of the human body.
      1. A diagram.
      2. A design or pattern, as in a textile: silk with a paisley figure.
    4. An illustration printed from an engraved plate or block.
      1. A configuration or distinct group of steps in a dance.
      2. A pattern traced by a series of movements, as in ice skating.
    5. Music. A brief melodic or harmonic unit often constituting the basis of a larger phrase or structure.
    6. Logic. Any one of the forms that a syllogism can take, depending on the position of the middle term.

    v., -ured, -ur·ing, -ures.

    v.tr.
    1. Mathematics. To calculate with numbers.
    2. To make a likeness of; depict.
    3. To adorn with a design or figures.
    4. Music.
      1. To write a sequence of conventionalized numbers below or above (the bass line) to indicate harmony.
      2. To embellish with an ornamental pattern.
    5. Informal.
      1. To conclude, believe, or predict: I never figured that this would happen.
      2. To consider or regard: figured them as con artists.
    v.intr.
    1. Mathematics. To calculate; compute.
      1. To be or seem important or prominent.
      2. To be pertinent or involved: politicians who figured in the scandal.
    2. Informal. To seem reasonable or expected: It figures.
    phrasal verbs:

    figure in

    1. To include, as in making an account: figured in travel expenses.
    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 Informal.
    1. To discover or decide: Let's figure out a way to help.
    2. To solve or decipher: Can you figure out this puzzle?

    [Middle English, from Old French, from Latin figūra.]

    figurer fig'ur·er n.

    SYNONYMS  figure, design, device, motif, pattern. These nouns denote an element or a component 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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