figure out

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v figure out find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of "did you solve the problem?","Work out your problems with the boss","this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out","did you get it?","Did you get my meaning?","He could not work the math problem"
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Quotations

  • Walter Wriston
    Walter Wriston
    “The person who figures out how to harness the collective genius of his or her organization is going to blow the competition away.”
  • Cher
    Cher
    “If you really want something you can figure out how to make it happen.”
  • Fritz R. S. Dressler
    Fritz R. S. Dressler
    “Predicting the future is easy. It's trying to figure out what's going on now that's hard.”
  • Paul Little
    Paul Little
    “I was frustrated out of my mind, trying to figure out the will of God. I was doing everything but getting into the presence of God and asking Him to show me.”
  • Michael Burke
    Michael Burke
    “Good instincts usually tell you what to do before your head has figured it out.”
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
    Jean-Paul%20Sartre
    “Everything has been figured out, except how to live.”

Usage

In literature:

The struggling figures reeled out of the radiance and Lucian heard a faint cry.
"The Silent House" by Fergus Hume
That's why my soul goes out in sympathy to the lonely figure who steps out of obscurity and poverty to-day to do this impossible thing.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
Gradually I made out figures impressed on the rough surface.
"The Lost Valley" by J. M. Walsh
It's one of them accidents that you've got to figure out for yourself.
"The Quirt" by B.M. Bower
The figure may be wiped out with a piece of soft rag, held tight over the thumb nail.
"Scientific American, Volume XXIV., No. 12, March 18, 1871" by Various
In the tumult of many figures we pick out five principal persons.
"Raphael" by Estelle M. Hurll
We can figure out some way to take care of you right at my place.
"The Sagebrusher" by Emerson Hough
Shut up and let me see if I can figure out how to land this thing.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
Or, to make the figure modern, we had blown out a tire.
"Tenting To-night" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
And for eight weeks Sam and I sweated to figure out what he was talking about.
"Stand by for Mars!" by Carey Rockwell
He blinked for some moments, as though trying to figure out what had happened to him, then remembrance came.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
Gideon was the last of the trio whom Alfred figured out.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
I'm not physicist enough to figure out what takes place inside the material.
"The Black Star Passes" by John W Campbell
He may be able to figure out something.
"The Skylark of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
But in time he figured out a solution.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
After that there was no need of haste, and having figured out just where he was, Paul presently found the road.
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren
We give you the job of figuring out the stresses and strains involved.
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
I haven't figured out how fast that is, but it must be pretty slow.
"Skylark Three" by Edward Elmer Smith
But we could not figure out how to capture them without alarming the city.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
Slowly forging ahead, the submarine passed toward the stern of the Wanderer, shutting the strange figure out of sight.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
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In poetry:

A ten years' rule beneath the sun
Is wound up here,
And what I have done, what left undone,
Figures out clear.
"A King's Soliloquy [On the Night of His Funeral]" by Thomas Hardy
Thus he who had been Fortune's sport
Figur'd in George the Second's court.
In the gay world he made a show,
And Caroline trick'd out a beau.
"The Grenadier" by William Hutton
A fragment moon hangs from the bare tung tree
The water clock runs out, all is still
Who sees the dim figure come and go alone
Misty, indistinct, the shadow of a lone wild goose?
"Pu suan tzu" by Su Tung-po
Nothing beyond. Ah yes! From out the station
A stiff, gaunt figure thrown against the sky,
Beckoning me with some wooden salutation
Caught from his signals as the train flashed by;
"The Station-Master Of Lone Prairie" by Francis Bret Harte
It trots all around with its head on the ground,
Or erects it quite out of your view;
And the ladies all cry, when its figure they spy,
"Oh! what a sweet pretty Emeu!
Oh! do
Just look at that lovely Emeu!"
"The Ballad Of The Emeu" by Francis Bret Harte
All day we followed, up hill and down.
We learned to dance,
for he would stop, where the ground was flat,
and words he said
taught us to leap and to wind in and out
around one another in figures the lyre's measure designed.
"A Tree Telling Of Orpheus" by Denise Levertov

In news:

For the life of me can't figure out what part people get fired up about (sarcastic).
Yes, the price of gas is going up and we're all frustrated because we don't have the information to figure out why.
I've not figured out which one is the female ­ but the grackles know, and that's as it should be.
He's also trying to figure out how he would like to spend his time in Washington, D.C.
(Dec 20, 2007) One day in the not-too-distant future, Humboldt County's anemic medical community might be on the operating table, with the area's few remaining doctors trying to figure out how to revive it.
Until now, La Jolla merchants and Town Council members trying to figure out how to replace Promote La Jolla have been thinking it must be a choice between creating a new business improvement district or an entirely new type of entity.
Both parties are trying to figure out a happy medium.
It's an aggravating fight to try and figure out exactly what it is that's at stake for the winner.
He is unapologetic in his excitement for A-Gon, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez and the rest of the crew, already figuring out how many days until the start of the World Series.
Nationals can't figure out Hammel in 2-1 loss to Orioles.
And second, I had to figure out just what formal traffic was.
Plant hardiness zones will help you figure out which plants will thrive in your garden.
I swear to god, if I wasn't some hack idiot, I would figure out a way to make a countdown clock to tell me how long it would be until this CRAP I DON'T CARE ABOUT would be over.
John Cappi and Jeff Jost are geocachers who use hand-held GPS navigation devices to figure out coordinates and locate hidden items, or caches.
As I have written in previous pieces, Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) has a nice problem: they can't make enough of their latest line of chips, used in the new generation of smartphones, including iPhone 5– though I could never figure out why.
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In science:

WFPC2 and NICMOS images in an outlying region of 30 Doradus (i.e., the upper left square inserts in Figure 1) from a 1999 press release by Walborn and Barba.
The Formation of Star Clusters
The left panel of Figure 8 shows a full slice of size 256 Mpc, obtained by filling out the rest of the volume with white noise.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
To illustrate the point that L2 Pup has an unusually low wind velocity, we show in Figure 1 a histogram of the outflow velocities measured from the line widths of the circumstellar CO emission from a survey of semiregular and irregular variables (Kerschbaum & Olofsson 1999).
The Very Slow Wind From the Pulsating Semiregular Red Giant L2 Pup
RPCs were read out on 3 cm wide strips using fast electronics. A telescope of scintillator counters, also shown in Figure 1, provided the trigger and a hodoscope measured the particle position (x − y ) with an accuracy better than 1 cm.
New results from an extensive aging test on bakelite Resistive Plate Chambers
Yorke in this volume), given their violent tendencies, propensity toward outflow (Figure 2a, Shepherd & Kurtz 1999) and general windiness.
Watching the Birth of Super Star Clusters
Let us mention finally that out of all the prototypes shown in Figure 2 only V2 and V10 correspond to master integrals; all the others may be reduced to other master integrals.
Automated use of DIANA for two-fermion production at colliders
In general, diffusion smooths out abundance variations with z (as expected) and increasing the depth of the molecular layer (Figures 4 and 5).
Turbulence driven diffusion in protoplanetary disks - chemical effects in the outer disk
Due to the low spatial sampling and large distances to our targets, we have already pointed out that the GIRAFFE/IFU observations will underestimate the maximal rotational velocity (see Figure 2).
3D spectroscopy with VLT/GIRAFFE - II: Are Luminous Compact Galaxies merger remnants ?
Out of the six sub jects we tested, three sub jects showed notable improvement in balancing by reaching their own optimal level of movement (Figure 4).
Delayed Random Walks and Control
Figure 5(d) gives the proportions of nodes with only in-, only out- and both in- and out-links.
Models and average properties of scale-free directed networks
Figure 6(a) shows the scalefree broad out-degree distribution and the narrow ERtype in-degree distribution.
Models and average properties of scale-free directed networks
Figure 6(b) illustrates that there is no correlation between in and out-degrees for nodes with a given fixed number of kout .
Models and average properties of scale-free directed networks
In Figure 6, there are galaxies where the UV appears to extend beyond the optical radius of the galaxy, out to galactic radii as large as 40-50 kpc.
Ongoing Formation of Bulges and Black Holes in the Local Universe: New Insights from GALEX
The fraction of 24 µm sources for which we successfully obtained a redshift is displayed in Figure 6, as a function of 24 µm flux density (left), and R-band magnitude (right). A redshift was successfully obtained for 412 out of the 600 sources targeted with WIYN/Hydra, i.e. with a success rate of ∼ 80%.
Spectroscopic Survey of 1.4 GHz and 24 Micron Sources in the Spitzer First Look Survey with WIYN/Hydra
Correspondingly, the phase distribution P (φ) tends to level out for large bath exposure time t, as seen in Figure 4.
Phase Diffusion in Quantum Dissipative Systems
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