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1      (Aeronautics)   a measure of the efficiency of a helicopter in hover  
2      (Electrical engineering)   a measure of the efficiency of a component, such as a circuit  
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figure     (U.S.)  
1    any written symbol other than a letter, esp. a whole number  
2       another name for       digit       2  
3    an amount expressed numerically  
a figure of 1800 was suggested     
4    pl   calculations with numbers  
he's good at figures     
5    visible shape or form; outline  
6    the human form, esp. as regards size or shape  
a girl with a slender figure     
7    a slim bodily shape (esp. in the phrases keep or lose one's figure)  
8    a character or personage, esp. a prominent or notable one; personality  
a figure in politics     
9    the impression created by a person through behaviour (esp. in the phrase to cut a fine, bold, etc., figure)  
a    a person as impressed on the mind  
the figure of Napoleon     
b    (in combination)  
11    a representation in painting or sculpture, esp. of the human form  
12    an illustration or explanatory diagram in a text  
13    a representative object or symbol; emblem  
14    a pattern or design, as on fabric or in wood  
15    a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating  
16      (Geometry)   any combination of points, lines, curves, or planes. A plane figure, such as a circle, encloses an area; a solid figure such as a sphere, encloses a volume  
17      (Rhetoric)      See       figure of speech  
18      (Logic)   one of the four possible arrangements of the three terms in the premises of a syllogism  
   Compare       mood   1       2  
19      (Music)  
a    a numeral written above or below a note in a part  
   See       figured bass       thorough bass  
b    a characteristic short pattern of notes  
20    when tr, often foll by: up   to calculate or compute (sums, amounts, etc.)  
21    tr; usually takes a clause as object  
Informal     (chiefly U.S., Canadian, and N.Z.)   to think or conclude; consider  
22    tr   to represent by a diagram or illustration  
23    tr   to pattern or mark with a design  
24    tr   to depict or portray in a painting, etc.  
25    tr     (Rhetoric)   to express by means of a figure of speech  
26    tr   to imagine  
27    tr     (Music)  
a    to decorate (a melody line or part) with ornamentation  
b    to provide figures above or below (a bass part) as an indication of the accompanying harmonies required  
   See       figured bass       thorough bass  
28    intr; usually foll by: in   to be included  
his name figures in the article     
29    intr  
Informal   to accord with expectation; be logical  
it figures that he wouldn't come        (See also)        figure on       figure out  
     (C13: from Latin figura a shape, from fingere to mould)  
  figureless      adj  
  figurer      n  

Chladni figure  
      n     (Physics)   a pattern formed by fine powder placed on a vibrating surface, used to display the positions of nodes and antinodes  
     (C19: named after Ernst Chladni (1756--1827), German physicist)  
Escher figure  
      n      another name for       impossible figure  
     (named after M. C. Escher (1898--1970), Dutch graphic artist who produced many such drawings)  
figure-ground phenomenon  
      n   the division of the perceptual field into background and objects that appear to stand out against it. The concept was evolved by the Gestalt psychologists, who invented ambiguous figures in which the same part could be seen either as figure or ground  
figure of eight   , figure eight  
1    an outline of the number 8 traced on ice by a skater  
2    a flight manoeuvre by an aircraft outlining a figure 8  
a    a knot in the shape of a figure 8 made to prevent the unreeving of a rope  
b    a climber's knot in the shape of a figure 8 made with a doubled rope to provide a secure loop  
c    an angler's knot sometimes used to attach a fly to a leader or dropper  
figure of merit  
1      (Aeronautics)   a measure of the efficiency of a helicopter in hover  
2      (Electrical engineering)   a measure of the efficiency of a component, such as a circuit  
figure of speech  
      n   an expression of language, such as simile, metaphor, or personification, by which the usual or literal meaning of a word is not employed  
figure on   , upon  
      vb   intr, prep  
Informal     (chiefly U.S. and Canadian)  
1    to depend on (support or help.)  
2    to take into consideration  
figure out  
      vb   tr, adv; may take a clause as object  
1    to calculate or reckon  
2    to understand  
figure skating  
      n   ice skating in which the skater traces outlines of selected patterns  
  figure skater      n  
impossible figure  
      n   a picture of an object that at first sight looks three-dimensional but cannot be a two-dimensional projection of a real three-dimensional object, for example a picture of a staircase that re-enters itself while appearing to ascend continuously,   (Also called)    Escher figure  
lay figure  
1    an artist's jointed dummy, used in place of a live model, esp. for studying effects of drapery  
2    a person considered to be subservient or unimportant  
     (C18: from obsolete layman, from Dutch leeman, literally: joint-man)  
Lissajous figure  
      n   a curve traced out by a point that undergoes two simple harmonic motions in mutually perpendicular directions. The shape of these curves is characteristic of the relative phases and frequencies of the motion; they are used to determine the frequencies and phases of alternating voltages  
     (C19: named after Jules A. Lissajous (1822--80), French physicist)  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  




1    character, cipher, digit, number, numeral, symbol  
2    amount, cost, price, sum, total, value  
3    form, outline, shadow, shape, silhouette  
4    body, build, chassis     (slang)   frame, physique, proportions, shape, torso  
5    depiction, design, device, diagram, drawing, emblem, illustration, motif, pattern, representation, sketch  
6    big name, celebrity, character, dignitary, face     (informal)   force, leader, notability, notable, personage, personality, presence, somebody, worthy  
7      (often with)       up   add, calculate, compute, count, reckon, sum, tally, tot up, work out  
8      (usually with)       in   act, appear, be conspicuous, be featured, be included, be mentioned, contribute to, feature, have a place in, play a part  
9    it figures      it follows, it goes without saying, it is to be expected  

figure of speech     
conceit, image, trope, turn of phrase  
figure out  
1    calculate, compute, reckon, work out  
2    comprehend, decipher, fathom, make head or tail of     (informal)   make out, resolve, see, suss (out)     (slang)   understand  

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to cover with a thin layer of paint applied with a dry brush in order to soften or blur a figure or outline
an art term
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