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n. Abbr. fig. 1. a. A written or printed symbol representing something other than a letter, especially a number. b. figures Mathematical calculations. c. An amount represented in numbers. 2. a. Mathematics A geometric form consisting of any combination of points, lines, or planes: A triangle is a plane figure. b. The outline, form, or silhouette of a thing. c. The shape or form of a human body. d. An indistinct object or shape. 3. a. A person, especially a well-known one. b. A person's public image or presence: became a tragic figure overnight. 4. Impression or appearance made: cuts a dashing figure. 5. A person, an animal, or an object that symbolizes something. 6. A pictorial or sculptural representation, especially of the human body. 7. a. A diagram. b. A design or pattern, as in a textile. 8. An illustration printed from an engraved plate or block. 9. a. A configuration or distinct group of steps in a dance. b. A pattern traced by a series of movements, as in ice skating. 10. Music A brief melodic or harmonic unit often constituting the base for a larger phrase or structure. 11. Logic Any one of the forms that a syllogism can take, depending on the position of the middle term.
The property or condition of occurring at frequent intervals.
The number of times a specified phenomenon occurs within a specified interval, as: the number of complete cycles of a periodic process occurring per unit time; and, the number of repetitions per unit time of a complete waveform, as of an electric current.

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