A written or printed symbol representing something other than a letter, especially a number. Mathematical calculations: good at figures. An amount represented in numbers: sold for a large figure. Mathematics A geometric form consisting of any combination of points, lines, or planes: A triangle is a plane figure. The outline, form, or silhouette of a thing. The shape or form of a human body. An indistinct object or shape: saw figures dashing down the street. A person, especially a well-known one: a famous historical figure. A person's public image or presence: became a tragic figure overnight. Impression or appearance made: cuts a dashing figure. A person, animal, or object that symbolizes something. A pictorial or sculptural representation, especially of the human body. A diagram. A design or pattern, as in a textile: silk with a paisley figure. An illustration printed from an engraved plate or block. A configuration or distinct group of steps in a dance. A pattern traced by a series of movements, as in ice skating. Music A brief melodic or harmonic unit often constituting the basis of a larger phrase or structure. Logic Any one of the forms that a syllogism can take, depending on the position of the middle term. Mathematics To calculate with numbers. To make a likeness of; depict. To adorn with a design or figures. Music To write a sequence of conventionalized numbers below or above (the bass line) to indicate harmony. Music To embellish with an ornamental pattern. Informal To conclude, believe, or predict: I never figured that this would happen.