stick figure


Definition of stick figure

1 : a drawing showing the head of a human being or animal as a circle and all other parts as straight lines
2 : a fictional character lacking depth and believability

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First, a video of the target is recorded, and a sub-program turns their movements into a stick figure. James Vincent, The Verge, "Deepfakes for dancing: you can now use AI to fake those dance moves you always wanted," 26 Aug. 2018 The mason's marks carved into the quarry-stone lintels are stick figures and feather arrows, suggesting a pre-literate group of stone workers. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "Experts restore what might be oldest house in Mexico," 12 Sep. 2018 Then, a source video is found and a stick figure made of their movements. James Vincent, The Verge, "Deepfakes for dancing: you can now use AI to fake those dance moves you always wanted," 26 Aug. 2018 This mixture of examples allowed the system to grasp the association between the radio signal and the stick figures of the people in the scene. Saqib Shah, Fox News, "X-ray vision will soon give soldiers the ability to see through walls," 18 June 2018 Eventually, RF-Posed learned to produce a stick figure whenever its radio signals indicated the presence of a person. Kate Baggaley /, NBC News, "Smart technology sees through walls to track and identify people," 8 July 2018 Those waves are then bounced back through the wall and into the device, where AI is able to transform a blob of signals into stick figures that illustrate body position and movement. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "MIT just invented X-ray vision—sort of," 15 June 2018 The researchers then turn this into a stick figure that shows a person moving behind a wall in great detail. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Forget X-Ray Vision. You Can See Through Walls With Radio," 12 June 2018 With categories ranging from grade school children to adults and teens, the event showcased a range of artistic talents from stick figure doodles to re-creations of famous paintings. Gianna Annunzio,, "Artistic flair: Eisenhower library's chalk art contest attracts participants of all ages," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of stick figure

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stick figure was in 1903

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English Language Learners Definition of stick figure

: a drawing that shows the head of a person or animal as a circle and all other parts as usually straight lines

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