n. A line, or a collection of connected straight or curved lines or surfaces, having a definite shape; specifically, in geometry, any combination of lines, surfaces, or solids formed under given conditions.n. In general, the visible or tangible form of anything; the shape of the outline or exterior surface; form; shape; fashion: as, a beautiful female figure; the grotesque figure of a satyr; the figure of the earth.n. Hence A body; a visible object or shape; especially, a human form as a whole; a person regarded simply as a body; an appearance representing a body.n. The artificial representation of a form, as in sculpture, drawing or painting, embroidery, etc.; especially, the human body represented by art of any kind.n. A cut or diagram inserted in printed text, or one of a number of representations on the same plate. Abbreviated fig.n. A personage or personality; a character; especially, a person of standing or consideration: as, he is a figure, or a conspicuous figure, in the society of the place.n. Appearance or manifestation; show; display; standing; position: used of the comparative prominence, consideration, or estimation of a person or thing, and in an absolute sense to signify marked prominence, importance, or distinction.n. Outward manifestation; the state of being set out in regular order.n. In logic, the form of a syllogism with respect to the relative position of the middle term.n. In astrology, a diagram which represents the heavens at any time; a scheme; a horoscope; also, a diagram used in the practice of geomancy.n. A movement of a dance; one of the regular divisions of a dance, comprising a special set of evolutions, and separated from the next movement by a slight pause.n. In music: A short theme or motive having a distinct rhythmic, melodic, or harmonic individuality, which is often the germ of extended movements; usually, the shortest complete idea or form into which a phrase can be divided without being reduced to separate tones.n. A numeral subjoined to a written bass to indicate briefly the nature of the unwritten harmony. see figured bass, under bass.n. Any significant written or printed character other than a letter; specifically, an arithmetical character, especially one of the Arabic figures, the nine digits and the cipher: sometimes used of a digit, as distinguished from a cipher: as, a full figure.n. Value, as expressed in numbers; price: as, the goods were sold at a high figure.n. A mystical type; an antecedent symbol or emblem; that which prefigures or represents a coming reality.n. In rhetoric, a peculiar or special use of words; employment of words in forms, combinations, or meanings different from those properly or ordinarily assigned to them; use of certain forms of speech to produce a special effect.n. An image; a fancy; a product of the imagination.To make a figure, image, likeness, or picture of; represent artificially in any way: as, to figure a plant, shell, etc.To cover or adorn with figures or images; mark with figures; form figures in by art; fashion into a figure; diversify; variegate: as, to figure velvet or muslin.To represent figuratively or symbolically; symbolize.To imagine; image in the mind.To prefigure; foreshow.To mark with or note by significant figures; mark or indicate significantly or numerically: as, to figure the dial of a clock, or the hours on the dial; to figure the bass in music to show the intended harmony.To set down or reckon up in numerical figures; make a calculation of: as, to figure, figure up, or figure out costs, profits, or losses.In music: To embellish by adding passing-notes or other decorations, especially definite figures much repeated.See del. 6, and figured bass, under bass.To make a figure; show one's self; be seen or prominent; take a part.To cipher; work by means of figures; make a calculation: as, to figure at a problem; to figure upon a proposed bargain.n. In ornamental woodwork, the grain of the wood, especially such grain when of unusual richness and when used with special care as a part of the design.n. plural The highest division of the lowest grade in the classical course in a Jesuit school.