Figure Fig"ure, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Figured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Figuring}.] [F. figurer, L. figurare, fr. figura. See {Figure}, n.] 1. To represent by a figure, as to form or mold; to make an image of, either palpable or ideal; also, to fashion into a determinate form; to shape. [1913 Webster]

If love, alas! be pain I bear, [1913 Webster]

No thought can figure, and no tongue declare.Prior. [1913 Webster]

2. To embellish with design; to adorn with figures. [1913 Webster]

The vaulty top of heaven Figured quite o'er with burning meteors. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To indicate by numerals; also, to compute. [1913 Webster]

As through a crystal glass the figured hours are seen. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. To represent by a metaphor; to signify or symbolize. [1913 Webster]

Whose white vestments figure innocence. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. To prefigure; to foreshow. [1913 Webster]

In this the heaven figures some event. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mus.) (a) To write over or under the bass, as figures or other characters, in order to indicate the accompanying chords. (b) To embellish. [1913 Webster]

{To figure out}, to solve; to compute or find the result of.

{To figure up}, to add; to reckon; to compute the amount of. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Figured — Fig ured, a. 1. Adorned with figures; marked with figures; as, figured muslin. [1913 Webster] 2. Not literal; figurative. [Obs.] Locke. [1913 Webster] 3. (Mus.) (a) Free and florid; as, a figured descant. See {Figurate}, 3. (b) Indicated or noted …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • figured — figured; un·figured; …   English syllables

  • figured — [fig′yəryərd] adj. 1. shaped; formed 2. represented or shown by a picture, diagram, etc. 3. having a design or pattern 4. Music marked with figures (Arabic numerals) representing the appropriate accompanying chords: said of the bass …   English World dictionary

  • figured — figuredly /fig yeuhrd lee, yeuhr id /, adv. /fig yeuhrd/, adj. 1. ornamented with a device or pattern: figured silk; figured wallpaper. 2. formed or shaped: figured stones. 3. represented by a pictorial or sculptured figure: The god is figured as …   Universalium

  • figured — adjective Date: 15th century 1. adorned with, formed into, or marked with a figure < figured muslin > < figured wood > 2. being represented ; portrayed 3. indicated by figures …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • figured — /ˈfɪgəd/ (say figuhd) adjective 1. formed or shaped. 2. represented by a pictorial or sculptured figure. 3. ornamented with a device or pattern: figured silk; figured wallpaper. 4. Music having the accompanying chords indicated by figures. 5.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • figured — adjective (only before noun) decorated with a small pattern: figured silk …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • figured — adjective (of e.g. fabric design) adorned with patterns my dress is richly figured Amy Lowell • Similar to: ↑patterned …   Useful english dictionary

  • figured — adjective a) Having a pattern considered attractive appearing on a section. b) Adorned with a figure …   Wiktionary

  • figured — Synonyms and related words: adorned, allusive, arranged, beaded, bedecked, bedizened, befrilled, bejeweled, beribboned, bespangled, blueprinted, calculated, charted, colored, contrived, decked out, decorated, designed, devised, embellished,… …   Moby Thesaurus