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Some articles on figure, figures:

Figure - Sports
... Figure skating Compulsory Figures Figure competition, a form of physique competition for women, related to bodybuilding Beyer Speed Figure, a statistic in Thoroughbred racing ...
Mathematical Derivation of Fictitious Forces - Crossing A Carousel
... effect#Tossed ball on a rotating carousel Figure 5 shows another example comparing the observations of an inertial observer with those of an observer on a rotating carousel ... in what appears to the walker to be the straight line path inclined at 45° in Figure 5 ... The points identified on both paths in Figure 5 correspond to the same times spaced at equal time intervals ...
Figure (music)
... A musical figure or figuration is the shortest idea in music, a short succession of notes, often recurring ... The 1964 Grove's Dictionary defines the figure as "the exact counterpart of the German 'motiv' and the French 'motif'" it produces a "single complete and distinct impression" ... To Scruton, however, "A figure is distinguished from a motif in that a figure is background while a motif is foreground "A figure resembles a moulding in architecture it ...
2005 Trophée Eric Bompard
... Trophée Eric Bompard is an annual elite figure skating competition which takes place annually in Paris, France ... It is the fourth of six events in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series ... Figure skaters compete in four disciplines ladies' singles, men's singles, pairs, and ice dancing ...
Toda People - Population
... Emeneau, the successive decennial Census of India figures for the Toda are 1871 (693), 1881 (675), 1891 (739), 1901 (807), 1911 (676) (corrected from 748), 1951 (879), 1961 (759), 1971 (812) ... These in his judgment, "justifies concluding that a figure between 700 and 800 is likely to be near the norm, and that variation in either direction is due on the one hand to epidemic ... Another factor in the uncertainty in the figures is the declared or undeclared inclusion or exclusion of Christian Todas by the various enumerators.. ...

More definitions of "figure":

  • (noun): The property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals.
    Example: "The figure was about a thousand"
    Synonyms: number
  • (noun): A predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating.
    Example: "She made the best score on compulsory figures"
  • (noun): A combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape.
  • (noun): A diagram or picture illustrating textual material.
    Example: "The area covered can be seen from Figure 2"
    Synonyms: fig
  • (noun): A well-known or notable person.
    Example: "She is an important figure in modern music"
    Synonyms: name, public figure
  • (noun): A decorative or artistic work.
    Synonyms: design, pattern
  • (noun): A model of a bodily form (especially of a person).
    Example: "He made a figure of Santa Claus"
  • (noun): One of the elements that collectively form a system of numbers.
    Synonyms: digit
  • (noun): An amount of money expressed numerically.
    Example: "A figure of $17 was suggested"
  • (verb): Understand.
    Example: "He didn't figure her"
  • (noun): A unitary percept having structure and coherence that is the object of attention and that stands out against a ground.
  • (noun): The impression produced by a person.
    Example: "He cut a fine figure"; "a heroic figure"
  • (verb): Be or play a part of or in.
    Example: "Elections figure prominently in every government program"; "How do the elections figure in the current pattern of internal politics?"
    Synonyms: enter

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    A lonely man is a lonesome thing, a stone, a bone, a stick, a receptacle for Gilbey’s gin, a stooped figure sitting at the edge of a hotel bed, heaving copious sighs like the autumn wind.
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    I can see that figure now—pallidly neat, pitiably respectable, incurably forlorn! It was Bartleby.
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