figured

adjective

fig·​ured ˈfi-gyərd How to pronounce figured (audio)
 British and often US  ˈfi-gərd
1
: adorned with, formed into, or marked with a figure
figured muslin
figured wood
2
: being represented : portrayed
3
: indicated by figures

Examples of figured in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, each figured poem actually contains two poems: one in the background grid and a second inside the pictures drawn over the grid. V.m. Braganza, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Aug. 2023 The Temple also had early medieval ancestors called figural or figured poems. V.m. Braganza, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Aug. 2023 Nobody’s quite figured out where everyone’s good manners have gone — and what is exactly causing the current collapse in civility. Janay Kingsberry, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2023 Her impact on the beauty world is a microcosm of a shift in the world itself—a world that is now finally expanding beyond the prototypical tall, thin blonde to include the full-figured, dark-complexioned, and natural in its notions of strength, success, and, yes, beauty. Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Aug. 2020 Those laws have been operative for all of human history until the mid-19th century, when Britain started to become the first nation which was a clear exception to the pattern (some may argue that the Dutch pre-figured the English case, but this seems to be debatable). Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 9 Feb. 2011 First, it’s decidedly shaped like its name, a shell — full-figured, yet hollow. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Feb. 2023 And to be fair, many government authorities haven’t quite figured out how to handle it either. Shawn Farshchi, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022 For reasons scientists haven’t quite figured out, kids at greatest risk include those with histories of asthma. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 13 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of figured was in the 15th century

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“Figured.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/figured. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

figured

adjective
fig·​ured
ˈfig-(y)ərd
1
: adorned with, formed into, or marked with a figure
2
: being represented
3
: indicated by figures
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