To figure something out is to work it out. This is because figure is
a word we use for the symbols (1,2,3, etc) that we use to represent
In a book (or a dissertation or report) a figure is a drawing or
diagram, and a table of figures is a list or the drawings and
diagrams in the book.
In geometry, a figure is the word used for shapes and solids. Examples of
geometrical figures are triangles, circles, squares, cones, spheres and
cubes. A geometrical figure is either a two
dimensional space enclosed by a
line (e.g. a circle) or lines (e.g. a triangle), or a three dimensional
space enclosed by a surface (e.g. a sphere) or surfaces (e.g. a cone).
To figurate is to form, fashion or shape. A figuration is
when you draw the form, shape, outline, or contour of a thing.
Figurational sociology traces the shape of society by tracing the
links between individuals to show how they fit into