- figure [fig′yər, figyoor; ] often, esp. for v., & Brit always [, fig′ər]n.[ME < OFr < L figura < fingere, to form, shape: see DOUGH]1. the outline or shape of something; form2. the shape of the human body; human form3. a person, esp. one seen or thought of in a specified way [a great social figure]4. a likeness or representation of a person or thing5. an illustration; diagram; picture; drawing6. an artistic design in fabrics, etc.; pattern7.a) the symbol for a number [the figure 5]b) [pl.] calculation with such symbols; arithmetic [very good at figures]8. a sum of money9. Dancing Skating a series or pattern of steps or movements10. Geom. a surface or space bounded on all sides by lines or planes11. Logic the form of a syllogism with reference to the use of the middle term as variously the subject or the predicate of the premises12. Music a series of consecutive tones or chords forming a distinct group which with other similar groups completes a phrase or theme; motif13. Rhetoric FIGURE OF SPEECHvt.figured, figuring [ME figuren < the n.]1. to represent in definite form; give a shape to2. to represent mentally; imagine3. to ornament with a design4. to compute with figures5. Informal to believe; consider; decide6. Music to indicate chords for (the bass) by writing the appropriate figures next to the notesvi.1.a) to appear, often prominently: with in [you figure in all my dreams]b) to be a causal factor: with in [poor food figured in his ill health]2. to do arithmetic☆ 3. Informal to consider; calculate☆ 4. Informal to be just as expected or as anticipatedSYN.- FORM——————figure in☆ to add in; include——————☆ figure on1. to count on; rely on2. to consider as part of a scheme or project; plan on——————☆ figure out1. to solve; compute2. to understand; reason out——————☆ figure upto add; totalfigurern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.