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(Fig"u*line) n. [F., fr. L. figulina pottery, fr. figulus. See Figulate.] A piece of pottery ornamented
with representations of natural objects.
Whose figulines and rustic waresLongfellow.
Scarce find him bread from day to day.
(Fig`ur*a*bil"i*ty) n. [Cf. F. figurabilité.] The quality of being figurable. Johnson.
(Fig`ur*a*ble) a. [L. figurare to form, shape, fr. figura figure: cf. F. figurable. See Figure.]
Capable of being brought to a fixed form or shape.
Lead is figurable, but water is not.Johnson.
(Fig"ur*al) a. [From Figure.]
1. Represented by figure or delineation; consisting of figures; as, figural ornaments. Sir T. Browne.
2. (Mus.) Figurate. See Figurate.
Figural numbers. See Figurate numbers, under Figurate.
(Fig"u*rant`) n. masc. [F., prop. p. pr. of figurer figure, represent, make a figure.] One who
dances at the opera, not singly, but in groups or figures; an accessory character on the stage, who figures
in its scenes, but has nothing to say; hence, one who figures in any scene, without taking a prominent
(Fig"u*rante`) n. fem. [F.] A female figurant; esp., a ballet girl.
(Fig"ur*ate) a. [L. figuratus, p. p. of figurare. See Figure.]
1. Of a definite form or figure.
Plants are all figurate and determinate, which inanimate bodies are not.Bacon.
2. Figurative; metaphorical. [Obs.] Bale.
3. (Mus.) Florid; figurative; involving passing discords by the freer melodic movement of one or more
parts or voices in the harmony; as, figurate counterpoint or descant.
Figurate counterpoint or descant (Mus.), that which is not simple, or in which the parts do not move
together tone for tone, but in which freer movement of one or more parts mingles passing discords with
the harmony; called also figural, figurative, and figured counterpoint or descant (although the term
figured is more commonly applied to a bass with numerals written above or below to indicate the other
notes of the harmony). Figurate numbers (Math.), numbers, or series of numbers, formed from
any arithmetical progression in which the first term is a unit, and the difference a whole number, by taking
the first term, and the sums of the first two, first three, first four, etc., as the successive terms of a new
series, from which another may be formed in the same manner, and so on, the numbers in the resulting
series being such that points representing them are capable of symmetrical arrangement in different
geometrical figures, as triangles, squares, pentagons, etc. In the following example, the two lower lines
are composed of figurate numbers, those in the second line being triangular, and represented thus:
. 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. . . . 1, 3, 6, 10, etc. . . . . . . . etc. 1, 4, 10, 20, etc . . . . . . . . . . . .
(Fig"ur*a`ted) a. Having a determinate form.
(Fig"ur*ate*ly) adv. In a figurate manner.
(Fig`u*ra"tion) n. [L. figuratio.]
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