figure[ fig-yer; especially British fig-er ]SEE DEFINITION OF figure
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Robert glanced at Halbert's figure, slight compared with his own, and laughed.
Coming on deck, he saw a figure which seemed familiar to him.
A figure in white, with a stiff white cap, stood by the bed.
Gives her opinion of the force which figure or person may be allowed to have upon her sex.
You can peel the stuff out of your pockets with one hand, I figure.
But here's what puzzles me: according to the way I figure it, you must have seen the girl first.
He was in white, like the figure—necessarily so, because he had his night-dress on.
The grace of your figure makes everything you wear becoming.
And with him, as before, was a second figure, which advanced slinkingly.
His eyes were caught by a figure, the figure of Cassidy, advancing there in the corridor.
early 13c., "visible form or appearance of a person," from Old French figure (10c.) "shape, body, form, figure; symbol, allegory," from Latin figura "a shape, form, figure," from PIE *dheigh- "to form, build" (see dough); originally in English with meaning "numeral," but sense of "form, likeness" is almost as old (mid-13c.).
Philosophical and scientific senses are from Latin figura being used to translate Greek skhema. The rhetorical use of figure dates to late 14c.; hence figure of speech (1824). Figure eight as a shape was originally figure of eight (c.1600).