from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something invented, made up, or fabricated: just a figment of the imagination.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fabrication, fantasy, invention; something fictitious.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An invention; a fiction; something feigned or imagined.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Something feigned or imagined; an invention; a fiction.
- n. In metaphysics, the opposite of a real thing; that the characters of which are arbitrary, depending on the thought of some particular person or persons.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a contrived or fantastic idea
Middle English, from Latin figmentum, from fingere, to form; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin figmentum ("anything made, a fiction"), from fingō ("make, form, feign"); see fiction, feign. (Wiktionary)