Definitions

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

  • n. The act of forming something into a particular shape.
  • n. A shape, form, or outline.
  • n. The act of representing with figures.
  • n. A figurative representation.
  • n. Music Ornamentation of a passage by embellishing and often repeating figures.
  • n. Music The pattern made by such embellishment or repetition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of giving figure or determinate form; determination to a certain form.
  • n. Mixture of concords and discords.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of giving figure or determinate form; determination to a certain form.
  • n. Mixture of concords and discords.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Formation as to figure or outline; external conformation; determination to a certain form: as, the figuration of crystals.
  • n. The act or process of figuring; a shaping into form, or a marking or impressing with a figure or figures.
  • n. In music: In strict composition, such as fugue-writing, the introduction of passing-notes into the counterpoint
  • n. In general composition, the process, act, or result of rhythmically, melodically, or contrapuntally varying or elaborating a theme by adding passing-notes or accompaniment figures, or even by transforming single tones into florid passages
  • n. The preparation of a figured bass (which see. under bass).
  • n. In phillol., change in the form of words without change of sense.
  • n. Figurative representation; prefiguration.

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

  • n. representing figuratively as by emblem or allegory
  • n. decorating with a design

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Examples

  • Where the figuration is less narrative and more cogitative, that streaming montage of icons is, of course, of less import.

    Notes on Notes

  • And indeed, Heller's figuration is such a functional idiom that it has been taken-up, used widely by people who may have never read the book, may not even know the origin of the term.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • Still, if figuration is the key function of narrative, the other functions are not wholly absent.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • Not all figuration is metaphoric though; in metonymy, the process of interpretation is not based on resemblances but on other forms of association -- the association of a crown with a king, for example, such that we use the artefact as a metonymic stand-in for the person.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • Ultimately the subject may be so absented, suggested at the most liminal thematic level if at all, that the extended figuration is not read as metaphor at all; instead it is read as story.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • Even when located within — though here too the figuration is sometimes cast as external, as it is in the wind — the source of poetry is far beyond the conscious control of the poet.

    Subjecticity (On Kant and the Texture of Romanticism)

  • Then dioceses refused to abandon their dependence on what the church calls "figuration" — a definitive model that gives worshipers clear-cut images to use for meditation and prayer rather than abstraction, which would force followers to search their own souls for the greater meaning.

    The Vatican Breaks Its Da Vinci Code

  • As champions of figuration they depicted the 1950s and 60s, and all the dreams and nightmares of a society being rebuilt.

    This week's new exhibitions

  • In the 1970s, Brooklyn native George McNeil abandoned abstraction for Neo-Expressionist figuration.

    Playing With Sand, Wind and Fire

  • In Kouros Gallery's concurrent solo surveys of two native New York artists, the painter, sculptor and printmaker Stanley Boxer (1926-2000) and the painter and illustrator Guy Danella (1928-2006), we move, through nearly two dozen pictures spanning half a century, from Impressionism, Cubism and biomorphic abstraction to Abstract Expressionism; from Symbolist- and Surrealist-inspired figuration to Color Field painting.

    Playing With Sand, Wind and Fire

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