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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fig·ure, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Figured p. pr. & vb. n. Figuring.]
 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.
    If love, alas! be pain I bear,
    No thought can figure, and no tongue declare.Prior.
 2. To embellish with design; to adorn with figures.
 The vaulty top of heaven
 Figured quite o'er with burning meteors.   --Shak.
 3. To indicate by numerals; also, to compute.
    As through a crystal glass the figured hours are seen.   --Dryden.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : problem solving that involves numbers or quantities [syn: calculation,
           computation, reckoning]