Meaning of FIGURE in English

I. ˈfi-gyər, Britain & often US ˈfi-gər noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin figura, from fingere

Date: 13th century


a. : a number symbol : numeral , digit

b. plural : arithmetical calculations

good at figure s

c. : a written or printed character

d. : value especially as expressed in numbers : sum , price

sold at a low figure

e. plural : digits representing an amount (as of money earned or points scored)

made six figure s last year

a score in double figure s


a. : a geometric form (as a line, triangle, or sphere) especially when considered as a set of geometric elements (as points) in space of a given number of dimensions

a square is a plane figure

b. : bodily shape or form especially of a person

a slender figure

c. : an object noticeable only as a shape or form

figure s moving in the dusk


a. : the graphic representation of a form especially of a person or geometric entity

b. : a diagram or pictorial illustration of textual matter

4. : a person, thing, or action representative of another


a. : figure of speech

b. : an intentional deviation from the ordinary form or syntactical relation of words

6. : the form of a syllogism with respect to the relative position of the middle term

7. : an often repetitive pattern or design in a manufactured article (as cloth) or natural product (as wood)

a polka-dot figure

8. : appearance made : impression produced

the couple cut quite a figure


a. : a series of movements in a dance

b. : an outline representation of a form traced by a series of evolutions (as with skates on an ice surface or by an airplane in the air)

10. : a prominent personality : personage

great figure s of history

11. : a short coherent group of notes or chords that may constitute part of a phrase, theme, or composition

II. verb

( fig·ured ; fig·ur·ing ˈfi-gyə-riŋ, ˈfi-g(ə-)riŋ)

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to represent by or as if by a figure or outline

2. : to decorate with a pattern ; also : to write figures over or under (the bass) in order to indicate the accompanying chords

3. : to indicate or represent by numerals


a. : calculate

b. : conclude , decide

figured there was no use in further effort

also : assume

figure it will rain

c. : regard , consider

d. : to appear likely

figure s to win

intransitive verb


a. : to be or appear important or conspicuous

b. : to be involved or implicated

figured in a robbery

2. : to perform a figure in dancing

3. : compute , calculate

4. : to seem rational, normal, or expected

that figure s

5. : to make sense of something — used interjectionally in the phrase go figure to suggest that something is surprising or perplexing

why do they think women will buy this lie? Go figure — Ellen Bravo

• fig·ur·er -g(y)ər-ər noun

- figure on

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.