• Two figures walk through a snowy landscape
    Two figures walk through a snowy landscape
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj figured (of e.g. fabric design) adorned with patterns "my dress is richly figured"- Amy Lowell"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

two uniformed figures two uniformed figures
Decorated with figures and text Decorated with figures and text
Showing the entrance with carvings of figures above it Showing the entrance with carvings of figures above it
Showing columns with decorated frieze above, including figures and inscription Showing columns with decorated frieze above, including figures and inscription
Showing doors, columns and carved figures Showing doors, columns and carved figures
Showing figures and inscription Showing figures and inscription
Features a large carved figure and a frieze of smaller figures Features a large carved figure and a frieze of smaller figures
A symmetrical pattern, showing lines, beads and animal figures A symmetrical pattern, showing lines, beads and animal figures

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word Nike comes from Greek Mythology. Nike is the goddess of victory and was often depicted as a small winged figure whom the goddess Athene carried
    • Figured Adorned with figures; marked with figures; as, figured muslin.
    • Figured (Mus) Free and florid; as, a figured descant. See Figurate, 3.
    • Figured (Mus) Indicated or noted by figures.
    • Figured Not literal; figurative.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A Connecticut Toy maker, Herobuilders, sells action figures of President George W. Bush, Islamic militant Osama bin Laden, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, which are all major figures tied to the September 11, 2001 WTC attacks
    • figured Depicted; represented by figures.
    • figured Adorned with figures: said of any manufactured articles, but especially of those which are intended for surface-decoration or which themselves are decorated superficially: as, figured silk; figured muslin; a figured wall-paper.
    • figured Figurative.
    • figured In music, same as figurate, 3.
    • figured In heraldry, bearing the human face or features; indicating the face as a roundel, especially the sun or moon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Napoleon Bonaparte is the historical figure most often portrayed in movies. He has been featured in 194 movies, Jesus Christ in 152, and Abraham Lincoln in 137.
    • adj Figured marked or adorned with figures
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  • Muhammad Ali
    “I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.”
  • Walter Lippmann
    “Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.”
  • Babyface
    “Initially I wanted to be Muhammad Ali. But then I got into a fight and I got my butt kicked, so I figured I could choose something else.”
  • Sydney Smith
    “Oh, don't tell me of facts -- I never believe facts: you know Canning said nothing was so fallacious as facts, except figures.”
  • Richard M. Nixon
    “The more you stay in this kind of job, the more you realize that a public figure, a major public figure, is a lonely man.”
  • Lazarus Long
    Lazarus Long
    “If it can't be expressed in figures, it's not science it's opinion.”


Ballpark figure - A ballpark figure is a rough or approximate number (guesstimate) to give a general idea of something, like a rough estimate for a cost, etc.
Father figure - A father figure is an older man, often in a position of power or authority, who commands great respect and inspires feelings like those for a father.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. figura, fingĕre, to form.


In literature:

These candlesticks held two wax candles, and usually figured on the Bishop's chimney-piece.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
With her sister she was much alone, a lone figure in a tossing, thoughtless sea.
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
Yet nothing stirred; except for the lonely figure beyond the herd there was no one in sight.
"The Octopus" by Frank Norris
I wonder if the story of the china religious figures will give a wrong impression of Mrs. Brandeis.
"Fanny Herself" by Edna Ferber
He had a fat face, but was not too plump in figure, and very muscular wrists showed below his shirt-cuffs.
"Greenmantle" by John Buchan
By the end of August that year Peter's was about the best-known figure in the Flying Corps.
"Mr. Standfast" by John Buchan
The accompanying figures, Plate 1, show the breast in the ordinary state and at the time of the anomalous discharge.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Presently he glanced at the door and back to the figure.
"When the Sleeper Wakes" by Herbert George Wells
She could read after a sort; and picked out the fat figures in the tickets of prices, for the most part correctly.
"Little Dorrit" by Charles Dickens
Four human figures were seated around a fire of smoldering coals that gave forth no smoke.
"The Scouts of the Valley" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

The sun is setting behind the range,
His golden rays pour down
On a little figure, childish and strange,
Bending over a volume worn,
Whose green-clad cover, dusty and torn,
Bears a ‘harp without a crown.”
"The Young Rebel" by Alice Guerin Crist
As help divine appear'd to fail,
The Doctor's cries at length prevail;
Brought forth the servants near at hand,
And set him once again on land:
And yet, when viewing him all o'er,
A human figure scarcely bore.
"The Parson In Pickle" by William Hutton
A hum of hoarse cheering, a dense crowd careering,
All sights seen obscurely, all shouts vaguely heard;
"The green wins!" "The crimson!" The multitude swims on,
And figures are blended and features are blurr'd.
"How We Beat The Favourite" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
The clouds are in the sky, and a light rain falling,
And through the sodden trench splashed figures come and go,
But deep in my heart are the old years calling.
And memory is on me of the things I used to know.
"Oxford From The Trenches" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh
One felt that joy drew near —
A joy intense that seemed itself to fear —
Brightening in eyes that had been dull,
As all with feeling gazed
Upon the Strasbourg figure, raised
Above us — mourning, beautiful!
"Place de la Concorde, August 14, 1914" by Florence Earle Coates
We are proud of our city,--her fast-growing figure,
The warp and the woof of her brain and her hands,--
But we're proudest of all that her heart has grown bigger,
And warms with fresh blood as her girdle expands.
"In Response" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

I figured my children might exist in a world without cassette tapes, aerosol cans or Cheers reruns.
Whole Foods seems to have figured out that a mall setting shouldn't be a. I make no political, ethical, religious or moral statement here.
Ashley Greene, who recently transformed her body with the help of celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson 's Method, stripped down and flaunted her incredibly fit new figure in a skimpy bikini – and has the photos.
"You can physically put the backpack on the scale and figure out if it's more than 10-15 percent of the kid's body weight ," says Dr Ellen Rome of Cleveland Clinic.
Brent Woodall competed in the 2007 Vancouver USA Natural Classic Bodybuilding , Fitness & Figure Championship.
In 2007, he competed in the Vancouver USA Natural Classic Bodybuilding , Fitness & Figure Championship and the Emerald City Smoothie Washington Ironman competition.
The 2012 Panhandle Showdown Body Building & Figure Championships were held Saturday evening in the Pensacola High School auditorium.
Hometown – Tampa, FL Occupation – Figure competitor, model, trainer Website –
The bikini, the high heels, the posing, and of course the stage: All this can make a woman's figure competition look like just another beauty pageant.
(Cory Olsen NPC Grand Rapids Bodybuilding , Fitness, Figure, Physique and Bikini Championships gallery (34 photos).
During the finals portion of the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders (OCB) Natural Southwest Bodybuilding & Figure Classic.
On The Record is a Q&A with a Missouri athletic figure.
That's what federal investigators are trying to figure out.
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton told a local radio station recently that city contractor Jeffrey E Thompson, the central figure in a deepening campaign scandal involving DC Mayor Vincent C Gray, didn't bundle any campaign cash for her.
"I went through my list of people who I figured would be inclined to help out," Everist says.

In science:

The noise field was constructed to match the upper left quadrant of the left panel of Figure 4 in a high-resolution region 32 Mpc across and to match the left panel of Figure 8 everywhere else, with noise values made uniform in 1 Mpc cells (43 grid cells of the 10243 grid).
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
The ring is similar to that in Figure 2 (Barkana values and h = 0.5), and demonstrates that QSO image positions and time delays determine the ring, while the mass distribution can vary substantially: compare the top right mass map in Figure 4 to that in Figure 2.
Beware the Non-uniqueness of Einstein Rings
The authors would like to thank Josephine Yu for creating the graphics Figure 1 and Figure 2 in this paper.
Periods of Strebel Differentials and Algebraic Curves Defined over the Field of Algebraic Numbers
Figure 2: The word corresponding to the walker configuration (B) of Figure 1, the sequence of oscillating tableaux corresponding to the word, and the two line array constructed from the oscillating tableaux.
Random walks and random fixed-point free involutions
In the case α = 1185, y hits zero when x ≈ 0.02 , and so z remains stuck at about 0.02. A very small increase in α, from 1185 to 1200, causes a dramatic change in the outcome: after narrowly avoiding extinction (Figure 2), the number of patches explodes (Figure 3) as x increases towards 1.
Structure of large random hypergraphs