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[10] There is, however, a considerable difference of opinion among authors as to the meaning of the name,1 the number of genera and the nature and number of the species into which figures may be divided. The first point for consideration is, therefore, what is meant by a figure. For the term is used in two senses. In the first it is applied to any form in which thought is expressed, just as it is to bodies which, whatever their composition, must have some shape.

1 i.e. figure.

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