figuring

Definitions

  • Two figures walk through a snowy landscape
    Two figures walk through a snowy landscape
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n figuring problem solving that involves numbers or quantities
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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

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • n figuring The act or process of using figures, especially in computation: as. close figuring.
    • n figuring Figure; figuration; beauty of form.
    • n figuring The adding of figures, as to a drawing. In architectural and engineering work the drawings, however accurately made to scale, are covered with the dimensions in Arabic figures. Figuring includes also the dotted lines and the little arrow-heads which mark the dimensions figured.
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Quotations

  • Muhammad Ali
    Muhammad%20Ali
    “I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.”
  • Walter Lippmann
    Walter%20Lippmann
    “Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.”
  • 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.”
  • Babyface
    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
    Sydney%20Smith
    “Oh, don't tell me of facts -- I never believe facts: you know Canning said nothing was so fallacious as facts, except figures.”

Idioms

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.
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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.
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Usage

In literature:

Such a neglected, sordid little figure, with thin drab shoulders sticking out of a ragged calico frock.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
There is a bronze figure of one found at Herculaneum, and figured in the Antiquites d'Herculanum, plate xvii.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Lang fell upon the group of struggling figures, fighting like a madman.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Analogy would lead us to think that these figures must at one time have been more directly imitative.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
In connection with Description, Figures of Speech should be studied.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
The first words that sprang from the prostrate figure on the quay were some incoherent oaths, which ultimately took form.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
So quiet and noiseless was the entrance that he did not notice it until the figure stood between him and the fire.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
The figures following are for the calendar year unless the fiscal year is indicated.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
To his surprise, Daoud noticed a small figure in one corner, the little bent man who had earlier looked on him with pity.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Two figures emerged, were lost from sight, and reappeared at the foot of the plank.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Standing beside her suit-case, she eagerly scanned the figures about the station.
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
She could only see the dark-clad man's figure standing there upon her, and the gripped fist of flowers.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
A moving figure is upon the road; a smiling figure, a beckoning figure.
"In the Brooding Wild" by Ridgwell Cullum
And if the Moods of the First Figure hold, their equivalents in the other Figures must hold too.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
Eugene had never seen such a figure and face.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Roly's eyes were glued upon the taller of the two figures, but Felice seemed to take no heed of him.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
The powerful outline of Leo's athletic figure filled the back seat.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
Cicely's little figure appeared on the threshold.
"Jupiter Lights" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Not a bad figure for the passage, though still enough to make us friends of the sharks.
"Caribbee" by Thomas Hoover
He says you're figuring on a cable deal, and maybe a theatrical release, but after that you gotta worry about video.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
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In poetry:

And though I seeme to use
The poet's fainèd stile,
To figure forth my wofull plight,
My fall and my exile.
"A Fancy" by Edward Dyer
There is a figure in the wings
That never goes away,
And though I cannot see his face,
I shudder while I play.
"In the Wings" by Bliss William Carman
He knows a gun, does Rover here;
And if I cock a trigger,
He makes himself from tail to ear
An admirable figure.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
Neither joy nor sorrow move
The figure at the feet of Love;
Light of breathing life is she,
Spirit of immortality.
""A Thousand Years In Thy Sight Are But As One Day"" by Annie Adams Fields
Look at itsy-bitsy Mitzi!
See her figure slim and ritzy!
She eats a
Pizza!
Greedy Mitzi!
She no longer itsy-bitsy!
"The Pizza" by Ogden Nash
Outside the house a figure
Came from the tumulus near,
And speedily waxed bigger,
And clasped and called her Dear.
"The Moth-Signal (On Egdon Heath)" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

In a nightmare, Max Beerbohm might have come up with the figure of N.
A befuddled Payson Design Review Board this week asked for a joint meeting with the town council in hopes of figuring out what it's supposed to do next.
Wax figure was attacked by visitor as Berlin exhibit opened Saturday.
The wax figure depicting Nazi leader Adolf Hitler before it was attacked by a protester on Saturday.
Starting in October, a huge botnet will be run not by nefarious underground figures but by the Energy Department's Sandia National Laboratories.
Scientists are still trying to figure out what beauty means to people.
Tufts wrote "The Art of Handbell Ringing" in the early 1960s and became a nationally recognized figure in the field.
Sophomore Ryan Sabin was 4-of-6 from three-point range for 12 points, one of five Lakers to reach double-figures in Monday's win over Michigan-Dearborn.
In the 1907 "42 Kids," with its swarm of boys skinny-dipping in the East River, his painterly and caricatural ease collude so effectively that the figures read as cartoons.
Abir Sabri, celebrated for her alabaster skin, ebony hair, pouting lips and full figure, used to star in racy Egyptian TV shows and movies.
Relics found in an old Bulgarian church is believed to be those of John the Baptist, the biblical figure said to have baptized Jesus.
The Bubbleman is a ubiquitous figure in the West Seattle area entertaining kids with his creations.
Never would have figured on this one: Pat Buchanan going to bat for affirmative action.
Delays on the L jumped in January, with nearly half of the trains arriving late on weekdays, according to MTA figures to be presented today.
Now with the caboose at his home, Nash has to figure out what to do with it.
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In science:

After grinding, the cavity was etched and rinsed again. A second RF test was done in July 2003. A field level of E p = 19 MV/m was reached in steady state (see Figure 6a, squares). A higher field ( E p = 23 MV/m) could be reached with modulated RF (see Figure 6a, diamonds).
Niobium Quarter-Wave Resonator Development for The Rare Isotope Accelerator
The earlier data are plotted in the BV RI light curves in Figure 1 whereas the late-time data are shown in Figure 11.
A Study of the Type II-P Supernova 2003gd in M74
The authors find a bimodal distribution of supernovae in the nickel mass, initial main sequence mass (MMS ) plane. A reproduction of the authors’ Figure 1 (right) is shown here in Figure 22 with the observational points of SNe 2003gd and 1999em added with filled circles.
A Study of the Type II-P Supernova 2003gd in M74
Hamuy (2003) showed that a correlation exists between the amount of nickel produced in the explosion and the absolute magnitude in the V -band during the plateau phase. A reproduction of Hamuy’s Figure 3 is shown here in Figure 23 with SN 2003gd shown with a filled triangle.
A Study of the Type II-P Supernova 2003gd in M74
The shape of the rubble in Figure 6 does depend on this detail; Figure 7 is the analogue where a pile collapses as soon as it has four grains, leaving itself empty.
Goldbug Variations
Figure 14 and Figure 13 show the CPU requirement for the GSM programs to operate seven logical channels, respectively.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
In fact, the results that are shown in Table I, Figure 5, and Figure 6 show that the hidden constants are very small, and that our algorithm dramatically outperforms the best deterministic algorithm known in the literature for all network sizes we tested.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks
Figure 6: If one makes use of galaxy angles (i.e. vectors), then the problem posed by Figure 5 potentially becomes much easier to solve.
Pulling out Threads from the Cosmic Tapestry: Defining Filaments of Galaxies
Based on the observation of those crossings only, we need to infer if “the crossings occur on the same location” as in Figure 4, or “on different locations” as in Figure 3.
Reconstructing a two-color scenery by observing it along a simple random walk path
The absolute stability region in the complex λδ t-plane, which is plotted in Figure 5 and Figure 6(a), is the area inside the curve |σ(λδ t)| = 1.
An equation-free computational approach for extracting population-level behavior from individual-based models of biological dispersal
As we mentioned in Section 2, the coarse/pro jective integration method is efficient provided that we can choose a large pro jective time T in step (d) in Figure 2 relative to the time ∆t of the steps (a) – (c) from Figure 2 and still retain accuracy and stability.
An equation-free computational approach for extracting population-level behavior from individual-based models of biological dispersal
On the other hand, if we increase the signal gradients, then the result (4.21) is no longer true, because complex eigenvalues can appear outside the stability region (compare Figure 9 and Figure 5).
An equation-free computational approach for extracting population-level behavior from individual-based models of biological dispersal
Comparing plots in Figure 15 and the corresponding plot from Figure 14, we see how the visualization of the results depends on the formula for estimating the discretized density function N (t) from the discretized cumulative density function C (t).
An equation-free computational approach for extracting population-level behavior from individual-based models of biological dispersal
The combined flux spectrum, shown in Figure 6, again closely resembles the SDSS spectrum in Figure 2 both in absolute brightness and in the presence of a single hump centered near 4550˚A. Hα is weak and Hβ is absent altogether at this combination of S/N and resolution.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
Because of its relative brightness, the Hα emission line in SDSS J1553+5516 is rather easily measured, and analysis of the data of Figure 9 yields the radial velocity curve depicted in Figure 10.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
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