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Figure vs. Form

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Figurenoun

A drawing or diagram conveying information.

Formnoun

To do with shape.

Figurenoun

The representation of any form, as by drawing, painting, modelling, carving, embroidering, etc.; especially, a representation of the human body.

‘a figure in bronze; a figure cut in marble’;

Formnoun

The shape or visible structure of a thing or person.

Figurenoun

A person or thing representing a certain consciousness.

Formnoun

A thing that gives shape to other things as in a mold.

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Figurenoun

The appearance or impression made by the conduct or career of a person.

‘He cut a sorry figure standing there in the rain.’;

Formnoun

Characteristics not involving atomic components. en

Figurenoun

(obsolete) Distinguished appearance; magnificence; conspicuous representation; splendour; show.

Formnoun

(dated) A long bench with no back.

Figurenoun

A human figure, which dress or corset must fit to; the shape of a human body.

Formnoun

(fine arts) The boundary line of a material object. In painting, more generally, the human body.

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Figurenoun

A numeral.

Formnoun

(crystallography) The combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid.

Figurenoun

A number.

Formnoun

(social) To do with structure or procedure.

Figurenoun

A shape.

Formnoun

An order of doing things, as in religious ritual.

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Figurenoun

A visible pattern as in wood or cloth.

‘The muslin was of a pretty figure.’;

Formnoun

Established method of expression or practice; fixed way of proceeding; conventional or stated scheme; formula.

Figurenoun

A dance figure, a complex dance moveW.

Formnoun

Constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.; system.

‘a republican form of government’;

Figurenoun

A figure of speech.

Formnoun

Show without substance; empty, outside appearance; vain, trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality; formality.

‘a matter of mere form’;

Figurenoun

(logic) The form of a syllogism with respect to the relative position of the middle term.

Formnoun

(archaic) A class or rank in society.

Figurenoun

(astrology) A horoscope; the diagram of the aspects of the astrological houses.

Formnoun

(UK) A criminal record; loosely, past history (in a given area).

Figurenoun

(music) Any short succession of notes, either as melody or as a group of chords, which produce a single complete and distinct impression.

Formnoun

A class or year of school pupils (often preceded by an ordinal number to specify the year, as in sixth form).

Figurenoun

(music) A form of melody or accompaniment kept up through a strain or passage; a motif; a florid embellishment.

Formnoun

A blank document or template to be filled in by the user.

‘To apply for the position, complete the application form.’;

Figureverb

To solve a mathematical problem.

Formnoun

Level of performance.

‘The team's form has been poor this year.’; ‘The orchestra was on top form this evening.’;

Figureverb

To come to understand.

‘I can't figure if he's telling the truth or lying.’;

Formnoun

(grammar) A grouping of words which maintain grammatical context in different usages; the particular shape or structure of a word or part of speech.

‘participial forms;’; ‘verb forms’;

Figureverb

To be reasonable.

‘It figures that somebody like him would be upset about the situation.’;

Formnoun

The den or home of a hare.

Figureverb

(transitive) To enter, be a part of.

Formnoun

A window or dialogue box.

Figureverb

(obsolete) To represent by a figure, as to form or mould; to make an image of, either palpable or ideal; also, to fashion into a determinate form; to shape.

Formnoun

Essentials

Figureverb

To embellish with design; to adorn with figures.

Formnoun

(taxonomy) An infraspecific rank.

Figureverb

(obsolete) To indicate by numerals.

Formnoun

The type or other matter from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a chase.

Figureverb

To represent by a metaphor; to signify or symbolize.

Formnoun

(geometry) A quantic.

Figureverb

(obsolete) To prefigure; to foreshow.

Formnoun

A specific way of performing a movement.

Figureverb

(music) To write over or under the bass, as figures or other characters, in order to indicate the accompanying chords.

Formverb

(transitive) To assume (a certain shape or visible structure).

‘When you kids form a straight line I'll hand out the lollies.’;

Figureverb

(music) To embellish.

Formverb

(transitive) To give (a shape or visible structure) to a thing or person.

‘Roll out the dough to form a thin sheet.’;

Figurenoun

The form of anything; shape; outline; appearance.

‘Flowers have all exquisite figures.’;

Formverb

(intransitive) To take shape.

‘When icicles start to form on the eaves you know the roads will be icy.’;

Figurenoun

The representation of any form, as by drawing, painting, modeling, carving, embroidering, etc.; especially, a representation of the human body; as, a figure in bronze; a figure cut in marble.

‘A coin that bears the figure of an angel.’;

Formverb

To put together or bring into being; assemble.

‘The socialists did not have enough MPs to form a government.’; ‘Paul McCartney and John Lennon formed The Beatles in Liverpool in 1960.’;

Figurenoun

A pattern in cloth, paper, or other manufactured article; a design wrought out in a fabric; as, the muslin was of a pretty figure.

Formverb

To create (a word) by inflection or derivation.

‘By adding "-ness", you can form a noun from an adjective.’;

Figurenoun

A diagram or drawing, made to represent a magnitude or the relation of two or more magnitudes; a surface or space inclosed on all sides; - called superficial when inclosed by lines, and solid when inclosed by surfaces; any arrangement made up of points, lines, angles, surfaces, etc.

Formverb

(transitive) To constitute, to compose, to make up.

‘Teenagers form the bulk of extreme traffic offenders.’;

Figurenoun

The appearance or impression made by the conduct or career of a person; as, a sorry figure.

‘I made some figure there.’; ‘Gentlemen of the best figure in the county.’;

Formverb

To mould or model by instruction or discipline.

‘Singing in a choir helps to form a child's sociality.’;

Figurenoun

Distinguished appearance; magnificence; conspicuous representation; splendor; show.

‘That he may live in figure and indulgence.’;

Formverb

To provide (a hare) with a form.

Figurenoun

A character or symbol representing a number; a numeral; a digit; as, 1, 2,3, etc.

Formverb

To treat (plates) to prepare them for introduction into a storage battery, causing one plate to be composed more or less of spongy lead, and the other of lead peroxide. This was formerly done by repeated slow alternations of the charging current, but later the plates or grids were coated or filled, one with a paste of red lead and the other with litharge, introduced into the cell, and formed by a direct charging current.

Figurenoun

Value, as expressed in numbers; price; as, the goods are estimated or sold at a low figure.

‘With nineteen thousand a year at the very lowest figure.’;

Formnoun

The shape and structure of anything, as distinguished from the material of which it is composed; particular disposition or arrangement of matter, giving it individuality or distinctive character; configuration; figure; external appearance.

‘The form of his visage was changed.’; ‘And woven close close, both matter, form, and style.’;

Figurenoun

A person, thing, or action, conceived of as analogous to another person, thing, or action, of which it thus becomes a type or representative.

‘Who is the figure of Him that was to come.’;

Formnoun

Constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.; system; as, a republican form of government.

Figurenoun

A mode of expressing abstract or immaterial ideas by words which suggest pictures or images from the physical world; pictorial language; a trope; hence, any deviation from the plainest form of statement. Also called a figure of speech.

‘To represent the imagination under the figure of a wing.’;

Formnoun

Established method of expression or practice; fixed way of proceeding; conventional or stated scheme; formula; as, a form of prayer.

‘Those whom form of lawsCondemned to die.’;

Figurenoun

The form of a syllogism with respect to the relative position of the middle term.

Formnoun

Show without substance; empty, outside appearance; vain, trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality; formality; as, a matter of mere form.

‘Though well we may not pass upon his lifeWithout the form of justice.’;

Figurenoun

Any one of the several regular steps or movements made by a dancer.

Formnoun

Orderly arrangement; shapeliness; also, comeliness; elegance; beauty.

‘The earth was without form and void.’; ‘He hath no form nor comeliness.’;

Figurenoun

A horoscope; the diagram of the aspects of the astrological houses.

Formnoun

A shape; an image; a phantom.

Figurenoun

Any short succession of notes, either as melody or as a group of chords, which produce a single complete and distinct impression.

Formnoun

That by which shape is given or determined; mold; pattern; model.

Figurenoun

A form of melody or accompaniment kept up through a strain or passage; a musical phrase or motive; a florid embellishment.

Formnoun

A long seat; a bench; hence, a rank of students in a school; a class; also, a class or rank in society.

Figureverb

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.’;

Formnoun

The seat or bed of a hare.

‘As in a form sitteth a weary hare.’;

Figureverb

To embellish with design; to adorn with figures.

‘The vaulty top of heavenFigured quite o'er with burning meteors.’;

Formnoun

The type or other matter from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a chase.

Figureverb

To indicate by numerals; also, to compute.

‘As through a crystal glass the figured hours are seen.’;

Formnoun

The boundary line of a material object. In (painting), more generally, the human body.

Figureverb

To represent by a metaphor; to signify or symbolize.

‘Whose white vestments figure innocence.’;

Formnoun

The particular shape or structure of a word or part of speech; as, participial forms; verbal forms.

Figureverb

To prefigure; to foreshow.

‘In this the heaven figures some event.’;

Formnoun

The combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid.

Figureverb

To write over or under the bass, as figures or other characters, in order to indicate the accompanying chords.

Formnoun

That assemblage or disposition of qualities which makes a conception, or that internal constitution which makes an existing thing to be what it is; - called essential or substantial form, and contradistinguished from matter; hence, active or formative nature; law of being or activity; subjectively viewed, an idea; objectively, a law.

Figureverb

To make a figure; to be distinguished or conspicious; as, the envoy figured at court.

‘Sociable, hospitable, eloquent, admired, figuring away brilliantly.’;

Formnoun

Mode of acting or manifestation to the senses, or the intellect; as, water assumes the form of ice or snow. In modern usage, the elements of a conception furnished by the mind's own activity, as contrasted with its object or condition, which is called the matter; subjectively, a mode of apprehension or belief conceived as dependent on the constitution of the mind; objectively, universal and necessary accompaniments or elements of every object known or thought of.

Figureverb

To calculate; to contrive; to scheme; as, he is figuring to secure the nomination.

Formnoun

The peculiar characteristics of an organism as a type of others; also, the structure of the parts of an animal or plant.

Figurenoun

a diagram or picture illustrating textual material;

‘the area covered can be seen from Figure 2’;

Formverb

To give form or shape to; to frame; to construct; to make; to fashion.

‘God formed man of the dust of the ground.’; ‘The thought that labors in my forming brain.’;

Figurenoun

alternative names for the body of a human being;

‘Leonardo studied the human body’; ‘he has a strong physique’; ‘the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak’;

Formverb

To give a particular shape to; to shape, mold, or fashion into a certain state or condition; to arrange; to adjust; also, to model by instruction and discipline; to mold by influence, etc.; to train.

‘'T is education forms the common mind.’; ‘Thus formed for speed, he challenges the wind.’;

Figurenoun

one of the elements that collectively form a system of numbers;

‘0 and 1 are digits’;

Formverb

To go to make up; to act as constituent of; to be the essential or constitutive elements of; to answer for; to make the shape of; - said of that out of which anything is formed or constituted, in whole or in part.

‘The diplomatic politicians . . . who formed by far the majority.’;

Figurenoun

a model of a bodily form (especially of a person);

‘he made a figure of Santa Claus’;

Formverb

To provide with a form, as a hare. See Form, n., 9.

‘The melancholy hare is formed in brakes and briers.’;

Figurenoun

a well-known or notable person;

‘they studied all the great names in the history of France’; ‘she is an important figure in modern music’;

Formverb

To derive by grammatical rules, as by adding the proper suffixes and affixes.

Figurenoun

a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape

Formverb

To treat (plates) so as to bring them to fit condition for introduction into a storage battery, causing one plate to be composed more or less of spongy lead, and the other of lead peroxide. This was formerly done by repeated slow alternations of the charging current, but now the plates or grids are coated or filled, one with a paste of red lead and the other with litharge, introduced into the cell, and formed by a direct charging current.

Figurenoun

an amount of money expressed numerically;

‘a figure of $17 was suggested’;

Formverb

To take a form, definite shape, or arrangement; as, the infantry should form in column.

Figurenoun

the impression produced by a person;

‘he cut a fine figure’; ‘a heroic figure’;

Formverb

To run to a form, as a hare.

Figurenoun

the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals;

‘he had a number of chores to do’; ‘the number of parameters is small’; ‘the figure was about a thousand’;

Formnoun

the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something;

‘the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached’;

Figurenoun

language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense

Formnoun

a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality;

‘sculpture is a form of art’; ‘what kinds of desserts are there?’;

Figurenoun

a unitary percept having structure and coherence that is the object of attention and that stands out against a ground

Formnoun

a perceptual structure;

‘the composition presents problems for students of musical form’; ‘a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them’;

Figurenoun

a decorative or artistic work;

‘the coach had a design on the doors’;

Formnoun

any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline);

‘he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke’;

Figurenoun

a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating;

‘she made the best score on compulsory figures’;

Formnoun

alternative names for the body of a human being;

‘Leonardo studied the human body’; ‘he has a strong physique’; ‘the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak’;

Figureverb

judge to be probable

Formnoun

the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance;

‘geometry is the mathematical science of shape’;

Figureverb

be or play a part of or in;

‘Elections figure prominently in every government program’; ‘How do the elections figure in the current pattern of internal politics?’;

Formnoun

the visual appearance of something or someone;

‘the delicate cast of his features’;

Figureverb

imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind;

‘I can't see him on horseback!’; ‘I can see what will happen’; ‘I can see a risk in this strategy’;

Formnoun

(physical chemistry) a distinct state of matter in a system; matter that is identical in chemical composition and physical state and separated from other material by the phase boundary;

‘the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system’;

Figureverb

make a mathematical calculation or computation

Formnoun

a printed document with spaces in which to write;

‘he filled out his tax form’;

Figureverb

understand;

‘He didn't figure her’;

Formnoun

(biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups;

‘a new strain of microorganisms’;

Formnoun

an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse;

‘the essay was in the form of a dialogue’; ‘he first sketches the plot in outline form’;

Formnoun

a particular mode in which something is manifested;

‘his resentment took the form of extreme hostility’;

Formnoun

a body of students who are taught together;

‘early morning classes are always sleepy’;

Formnoun

an ability to perform well;

‘he was at the top of his form’; ‘the team was off form last night’;

Formnoun

a life-size dummy used to display clothes

Formnoun

a mold for setting concrete;

‘they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation’;

Formverb

to compose or represent:

‘This wall forms the background of the stage setting’; ‘The branches made a roof’; ‘This makes a fine introduction’;

Formverb

create (as an entity);

‘social groups form everywhere’; ‘They formed a company’;

Formverb

develop into a distinctive entity;

‘our plans began to take shape’;

Formverb

give a shape or form to;

‘shape the dough’;

Formverb

make something, usually for a specific function;

‘She molded the riceballs carefully’; ‘Form cylinders from the dough’; ‘shape a figure’; ‘Work the metal into a sword’;

Formverb

establish or impress firmly in the mind;

‘We imprint our ideas onto our children’;

Formverb

give shape to;

‘form the clay into a head’;

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