# Figure vs. Silhouette — What's the Difference?

## Definitions

#### Figure➦

A written or printed symbol representing something other than a letter, especially a number.

#### Silhouette➦

A silhouette (English: SIL-oo-ET, French: [silwɛt]) is the image of a person, animal, object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single colour, usually black, with its edges matching the outline of the subject. The interior of a silhouette is featureless, and the silhouette is usually presented on a light background, usually white, or none at all.

#### Figure➦

Figures Mathematical calculations
Good at figures.

#### Silhouette➦

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.

#### Figure➦

An amount represented in numbers
Sold for a large figure.

#### Silhouette➦

An outline that appears dark against a light background.

#### Figure➦

Figures One of the digits specified as making up a larger number
A salary in the six figures.

#### Silhouette➦

To cause to be seen as a silhouette; outline
Figures were silhouetted against the setting sun.

#### Figure➦

(Mathematics) A geometric form consisting of any combination of points, lines, or planes
A triangle is a plane figure.

#### Silhouette➦

An illustrated outline filled in with a solid color(s), usually only black, and intended to represent the shape of an object without revealing any other visual details; a similar appearance produced when the object being viewed is situated in relative darkness with brighter lighting behind it; a profile portrait in black, such as a shadow appears to be.
I could see a silhouette of a figure looking out from the window, but I couldn't tell if it was a man or a woman.

#### Figure➦

The outline, form, or silhouette of a thing
Saw the figure of a cat in the window.

#### Silhouette➦

To represent by a silhouette; to project upon a background, so as to be like a silhouette.

#### Figure➦

The shape or form of a human body
A fashion model with an attractive figure.

#### Silhouette➦

A representation of the outlines of an object filled in with a black color; a profile portrait in black, such as a shadow appears to be.

#### Figure➦

An indistinct object or shape
The figures in the mist turned out to be lampposts.

#### Silhouette➦

To represent by a silhouette; to project upon a background, so as to be like a silhouette.
A flock of roasting vultures silhouetted on the sky.

#### Figure➦

A person, especially a well-known one
A famous historical figure.

#### Silhouette➦

An outline of a solid object (as cast by its shadow)

#### Figure➦

Cut a dashing figure at the reception.

#### Silhouette➦

A drawing of the outline of an object; filled in with some uniform color

#### Figure➦

A person, animal, or object that symbolizes something.

#### Silhouette➦

Project on a background, such as a screen, like a silhouette

#### Figure➦

A pictorial or sculptural representation, especially of the human body.

#### Silhouette➦

Represent by a silhouette

#### Figure➦

A diagram
Drew a figure of the office layout.

#### Figure➦

A design or pattern, as in a textile
Silk with a paisley figure.

#### Figure➦

A configuration or distinct group of steps in a dance.

#### Figure➦

A pattern traced by a series of movements, as in ice skating.

#### Figure➦

(Music) A brief melodic or harmonic unit often constituting the basis of a larger phrase or structure.

#### Figure➦

(Logic) Any one of the forms that a syllogism can take, given one of the four possible arrangements of the middle term.

#### Figure➦

(Mathematics) To calculate with numbers
Figured the sum to be nearly a million.

#### Figure➦

To make a likeness of; depict.

#### Figure➦

To adorn with a design or figures.

#### Figure➦

To write a sequence of conventionalized numbers below or above (the bassline) to indicate harmony.

#### Figure➦

To embellish with an ornamental pattern.

#### Figure➦

To conclude, believe, or predict
I never figured that this would happen.

#### Figure➦

To consider or regard
Figured them as con artists.

#### Figure➦

(Mathematics) To calculate; compute.

#### Figure➦

To be or seem important or prominent
A key fact that figures in our understanding of what happened.

#### Figure➦

To be pertinent or involved
His advice barely figured in my decision.

#### Figure➦

(Informal) To seem reasonable or expected
“I found my keys in the sofa.” “Well, that figures, given that you were sitting there last night.”.

#### Figure➦

A drawing or diagram conveying information.

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

A person or thing representing a certain consciousness.

#### Figure➦

The appearance or impression made by the conduct or career of a person.
He cut a sorry figure standing there in the rain.

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

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

A numeral.

#### Figure➦

A number, an amount.

#### Figure➦

A shape.
A geometrical figure, a plane figure, a solid figure

#### Figure➦

A visible pattern as in wood or cloth.
The muslin was of a pretty figure.''

#### Figure➦

Any complex dance moveW.

#### Figure➦

A figure of speech.

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

To calculate, to solve a mathematical problem.

#### Figure➦

To come to understand.
I can’t figure if he’s telling the truth or lying.

#### Figure➦

To think, to assume, to suppose, to reckon.

#### Figure➦

To be reasonable.
It figures that somebody like him would be upset about the situation.

#### Figure➦

(intransitive) To enter into; to be a part of.

#### Figure➦

(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.

#### Figure➦

To embellish with design; to adorn with figures.

#### Figure➦

(obsolete) To indicate by numerals.

#### Figure➦

To represent by a metaphor; to signify or symbolize.

#### Figure➦

(obsolete) To prefigure; to foreshow.

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

(music) To embellish.

#### Figure➦

The form of anything; shape; outline; appearance.
Flowers have all exquisite figures.

#### Figure➦

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.

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

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.

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

Distinguished appearance; magnificence; conspicuous representation; splendor; show.
That he may live in figure and indulgence.

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

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.

#### Figure➦

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.

#### Figure➦

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.

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

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.

#### Figure➦

To embellish with design; to adorn with figures.
The vaulty top of heavenFigured quite o'er with burning meteors.

#### Figure➦

To indicate by numerals; also, to compute.
As through a crystal glass the figured hours are seen.

#### Figure➦

To represent by a metaphor; to signify or symbolize.
Whose white vestments figure innocence.

#### Figure➦

To prefigure; to foreshow.
In this the heaven figures some event.

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

To make a figure; to be distinguished or conspicious; as, the envoy figured at court.
Sociable, hospitable, eloquent, admired, figuring away brilliantly.

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

A diagram or picture illustrating textual material;
The area covered can be seen from Figure 2

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

One of the elements that collectively form a system of numbers;
0 and 1 are digits

#### Figure➦

A model of a bodily form (especially of a person);
He made a figure of Santa Claus

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

An amount of money expressed numerically;
A figure of \$17 was suggested

#### Figure➦

The impression produced by a person;
He cut a fine figure
A heroic figure

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

Language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

A decorative or artistic work;
The coach had a design on the doors

#### Figure➦

A predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating;
She made the best score on compulsory figures

#### Figure➦

Judge to be probable

#### Figure➦

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?

#### Figure➦

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

#### Figure➦

Make a mathematical calculation or computation

#### Figure➦

Understand;
He didn't figure her