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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FIGURES

He looked up to see three figures—his brother, his uncle, his master.

He then proceeded to show the inadequacy of the figures presented by Mr. O'Connell.

You may almost distinguish the figures on the clock that has just told the hour.

I steal into his sleep, and play my part among the figures of his dreams.

She was heedless of the familiar scene, the figures grouped about her.

The two figures in male attire broke into a laugh simultaneously.

The door opened; but he seemed to take no heed, so diligently did he count his figures.

Figures, are Tracts made by Art, on which the Dancer is to move.

It was successful, Joe understood it, and went on briskly with the figures.

What's anybody's motive, who figures in this thundering dime-novel?

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to represent" (in a picture); see figure (n.). Meaning "to shape into" is early 15c.; "to picture in the mind" is from c.1600; "to make an appearance" is c.1600. Meaning "work out a sum" is from 1833, American English. Related: Figured; figuring.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FIGURES

poll

nouncensus; tally of answers to questions of opinion
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