4. To represent by a metaphor; to signify or symbolize.
Whose white vestments figure innocence.Shak.
5. To prefigure; to foreshow.
In this the heaven figures some event.Shak.
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.
To figure out, to solve; to compute or find the result of. To figure up, to add; to reckon; to compute
the amount of.
(Fig"ure), v. i.
1. To make a figure; to be distinguished or conspicious; as, the envoy figured at court.
Sociable, hospitable, eloquent, admired, figuring away brilliantly.M. Arnold.
2. To calculate; to contrive; to scheme; as, he is figuring to secure the nomination. [Colloq.]
1. Adorned with figures; marked with figures; as, figured muslin.
2. Not literal; figurative. [Obs.] Locke.
3. (Mus.) (a) Free and florid; as, a figured descant. See Figurate, 3. (b) Indicated or noted by figures.
Figured bass. See Continued bass, under Continued.
1. (Naut.) The figure, statue, or bust, on the prow of a ship.
2. A person who allows his name to be used to give standing to enterprises in which he has no responsible
interest or duties; a nominal, but not real, head or chief.
(Fi*gu"ri*al) a. Represented by figure or delineation. [R.] Craig.
(||Fi`gu`rine") n. [F., dim. of figure.] A very small figure, whether human or of an animal; especially,
one in terra cotta or the like; distinguished from statuette, which is applied to small figures in bronze,
(Fig"ur*ist) n. One who uses or interprets figurative expressions. Waterland.
(Fig"wort`) n. (Bot.) A genus of herbaceous plants mostly found in the north temperate zones.
(Fi"ji*an) a. Of or pertaining to the Fiji islands or their inhabitants. n. A native of the Fiji islands.
[Written also Feejeean, Feejee.]
(Fike) n. See Fyke.
(Fil) obs. imp. of Fall, v. i. Fell. Chaucer.
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