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  • adj. Forming a figure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of a definite form or figure.
  • adj. Figurative; metaphorical.
  • adj. Florid; figurative; involving passing discords by the freer melodic movement of one or more parts or voices in the harmony.

from The 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.


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  • "figurate" poems, i.e. the letters of each verse, being arranged with due regularity, form artistic designs.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • 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.

    Genius in a Bottle

  • 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.

    Final Report of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Commission

  • 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!

    Chopin : the Man and His Music

  • Quod supra posita verba Christi figurate intelligenda sint, et non secundum litteram, sicut sonant.

    The Creeds of the Evangelical Protestant Churches.

  • 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.

    Thomas Hariot

  • 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.

    Thomas Hariot

  • ~\ Aquam figurate dicit tentationes, quse animam demergunt.

    Opera omnia sanctorum patrum graecorum: graece et latine

  • 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.

    Creative Control - Part 2


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  • The photo under "Visuals" confuses me. Shouldn't this be an 8 on its side?

    August 2, 2011