Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of a certain determinate form or shape; resembling something of a determinate figure: as, figurate stones (stones or fossils resembling shells).
- Involving a figure of speech; figurative.
- In music, characterized by the use of passing-notes; florid: opposed to simple: as, figurate counterpoint. Also figural, figurative, figured.
- To figure or represent.
- adj. Forming a figure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of a definite form or figure.
- adj. obsolete Figurative; metaphorical.
- adj. (Mus.) Florid; figurative; involving passing discords by the freer melodic movement of one or more parts or voices in the harmony.
“figurate" poems, i.e. the letters of each verse, being arranged with due regularity, form artistic designs.”
“But however much we might be writing as an attempt to figurate an otherwise inarticulable awareness of our own fucked-upness (and to thereby comprehend and control it), the full reality may be less simple.”
“Eventually it denoted any num - ber which when added to a figurate number, for exam - ple a square number, generates the next number of the same shape.”
“The figurate frieze in the library was the work of the painter Josef Engerhart.”
“Then, after the theme has once more presented itself in a modified form -- variant -- it comes under the pestle of an extremely figurate coda, which demands the study of an artist, the strength of a robust man -- the most vigorous pianistic health, in a word!”
“Quod supra posita verba Christi figurate intelligenda sint, et non secundum litteram, sicut sonant.”
“One Torporley, long since, left a manuscript treatise in Latin in Sion College, wherein is a much more copious table of figurate numbers, which I have caused to be transcribed, with what he says de combinationibus, to send to Mr. Strode.”
“Dr. Hakewill, in his Apology, tells you Harriot was the first that squared the area of a spherical triangle; and I can tell you, by the perusal of some papers of Torporley's it appears that Harriot could make the sign of any arch at demand, and the converse, and apply a table of sines to solve all equations, and treated largely of figurate arithmetic.”
“~\ Aquam figurate dicit tentationes, quse animam demergunt.”
“They’ll strive because they’re addicted to the striving, because the striving itself is really sort of the point, this insatiable drive to figurate.”
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