figure
figure /ˈfɪgjɝ/
noun

()
A diagram or picture illustrating textual material
(
fig
, figure
)
a diagram or picture illustrating textual material
The area covered can be seen from Figure 2
the area covered can be seen from Figure 2

()
Alternative names for the body of a human being
(
bod
, build
, chassis
, material body
, physical body
, physique
, soma
, anatomy
, human body
, frame
, shape
, flesh
, form
, figure
)
alternative names for the body of a human being
Leonardo studied the human body
Leonardo studied the human body
He has a strong physique
he has a strong physique
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak

()
One of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration
(
digit
, figure
)
one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration
0 and 1 are digits
0 and 1 are digits

()
A model of a bodily form (especially of a person)
(
figure
)
a model of a bodily form (especially of a person)
He made a figure of Santa Claus
he made a figure of Santa Claus

()
A wellknown or notable person
(
public figure
, name
, figure
)
a wellknown or notable person
They studied all the great names in the history of France
they studied all the great names in the history of France
She is an important figure in modern music
she is an important figure in modern music

()
The impression produced by a person
(
figure
)
the impression produced by a person
He cut a fine figure
he cut a fine figure
A heroic figure
a heroic figure

()
An amount of money expressed numerically
(
figure
)
an amount of money expressed numerically
A figure of $17 was suggested
a figure of $17 was suggested

()
A combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape
(
figure
)
a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape
The mathematician studied the geometric figure, trying to prove a theorem.
The mathematician studied the geometric figure, trying to prove a theorem.

()
The property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals
(
figure
, number
)
the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals
The number of parameters is small
the number of parameters is small
The figure was about a thousand
the figure was about a thousand

A predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating
(
figure
)
a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating
She made the best score on compulsory figures
she made the best score on compulsory figures

A decorative or artistic work
(
figure
, design
, pattern
)
a decorative or artistic work
The coach had a design on the doors
the coach had a design on the doors

A unitary percept having structure and coherence that is the object of attention and that stands out against a ground
(
figure
)
a unitary percept having structure and coherence that is the object of attention and that stands out against a ground

Language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
(
figure
, trope
, figure of speech
, image
)
language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
verb

()
Judge to be probable
(
count on
, forecast
, calculate
, reckon
, estimate
, figure
)
judge to be probable
We need to calculate the total cost of the project before presenting it.
We need to calculate the total cost of the project before presenting it.

()
Be or play a part of or in
(
enter
, figure
)
be or play a part of or in
Elections figure prominently in every government program
Elections figure prominently in every government program
How do the elections figure in the current pattern of internal politics?
How do the elections figure in the current pattern of internal politics?

()
Imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
(
image
, project
, visualise
[British] , fancy
, figure
, envision
, visualize
, picture
, see
)
imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
I can't see him on horseback!
I can't see him on horseback!
I can see what will happen
I can see what will happen
I can see a risk in this strategy
I can see a risk in this strategy

()
[ N. American]
(mathematics) make a mathematical calculation or computation
(
cipher
, cypher
, work out
, reckon
, figure
[ N. American] , calculate
, compute
)
(mathematics) make a mathematical calculation or computation
He used a calculator to calculate the complex equation.
He used a calculator to calculate the complex equation.

()
Understand
(
figure
)
understand
He didn't figure her
He didn't figure her