• WordNet 3.6
    • n figurine a small carved or molded figure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Figurine A very small figure, whether human or of an animal; especially, one in terra cotta or the like; -- distinguished from statuette, which is applied to small figures in bronze, marble, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n figurine A figure, or group of figures, in any material, small and of ornamental character; specifically, such a figure in pottery or metal-work. The figures of porcelain or pottery not painted or glazed being called biscuits, the term figurine is often reserved for those adorned with painting and gilding, as in the Dresden figures commonly seen. Figurines are especially abundant among the ancient remains of Greece, Egypt, Assyria, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Figurine a small carved or sculptured figure, often specially such as are adorned with painting and gilding
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., dim,. of figure,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. figura, fingĕre, to form.


In literature:

I can only give the little uns their A B C, an' p'r'aps a little figurin'.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
He poured liquor on the head of the figurine.
"Breaking Point" by James E. Gunn
Nelly here ain't anxious to have that school and her friends figurin' in the newspapers.
"Peggy Stewart at School" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
Purdy's figurin' on leavin' her there while he dickers fer the reward.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx
But, as I've said before, when it comes to figurin' on what women or horses'll do, I'm a four-flusher.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
What are you figurin' to do?
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
Was you figurin' on investin' a little of it now?
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
She was just Joanna, cool and humorous, yet sympathetic and serious, and as pretty as a Majolica figurine.
"The Worlds of If" by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
He's figurin' ter pick you off.
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
I've got me some fiddlin' and figurin' to do.
"Make Mine Homogenized" by Rick Raphael

In poetry:

The warty spottings on the figurines
Are nothing you would care to claim.
You seem to weep more since the magazines
Began revivals on the Dundas book.
It says here you were most to blame.
"The Doctor Will Return" by Weldon Kees
Well, we didn't figure that this guy was any kind of bum,
But we was a figurin' all the time Coyote could go some;
We knew that none uh us boys were in the hosse's class,
Cose when it came to settin' him we all just had to pass.
"That Bucking Bronk, Coyote" by Curley Fletcher

In news:

Dozens of million-dollar homes are decked out with lights, figurines and ornaments, and thousands of people visit the Dallas town on carriage rides and in cars to see the spectacle.
This figurine, thought to be the oldest full representation of a human in the world, was uncovered in 2008 in a cave in southern Germany.
Story finds Ferrell playing a lawyer who becomes obsessed with stealing figurines of flamingos after his wife leaves him.
Ferrell will star as Tim Forrester, a lawyer who becomes obsessed with stealing figurines of flamingos after his wife leaves him.
THE PHILLIES have had a Shane Victorino Flyin' Hawaiian figurine day, complete with a lei, a Talkin' Harry doll night (for Harry Kalas) and Carlos Ruiz backpack giveaway.
Colorful figurines were contributed by the Kwanzaa Committee of Denver.
US President Barack Obama a popular choice for Italians as he returns as a favorite figurine for traditional nativity scenes.
In the top shelf of Curtis Granderson's locker, there's a figurine of Jackie Robinson in a slide, a miniature version of his iconic steal of home against the Yankees in 1955.
Clown and animation character figurines aren't the only attractions at Ron Lee 's.
Man who has crafted coal figurines for years gets ready to move out of state.
This photo taken May 12, 2012 in Paris shows an illustration made with figurines set up in front of Facebook's homepage.
After an exhaustive search, she had no luck finding figurines that suited her and her fiancé.
Jewelry is the most popular choice for the bride, but other items may be given, including porcelain figurines, a music box, or a book of poems.
An Asian figurine greets visitors from atop a table and in front of a mirror with a distressed wood frame.
Precious Moments, which specializes in figurines of cute children with big eyes, has created one based on Elvis' "Jailhouse Rock" look.