from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, consisting of, or forming a pictorial composition of human or animal figures.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Representing by means of a figure; emblematic.
  • adj. Figurative, not literal.
  • adj. Of numbers, describing a geometrical figure.
  • adj. Pertaining to a figure, shape.
  • adj. Pertaining to (human) figures.
  • adj. Figurate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Represented by figure or delineation; consisting of figures.
  • adj. Figurate. See Figurate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Represented by figure or delineation; consisting of figures.
  • In music, same as figurate, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. consisting of or forming human or animal figures


From Old French figural, from late Latin figūrālis, from figūra ("figure"). (Wiktionary)


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