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figure sb. (3 referred by some to the sense ‘horoscope, diagram of the aspects of astrological houses’)
1. distinctive shape or appearance Ado I. i. 15 “doing in the figure of a lamb the feats of a lion.”
2. imaginary form, phantasm Wiv. IV. ii. 234 “to scrape the f-s out of your husband's brains,” Cæs. II. i. 231 “no figures nor no fantasies.”
3. (?) effigy Wiv. IV. ii. 189* “She works . . . by the figure” (?=operates on a wax effigy of a person, for the purpose of enchantment).
4. represented character, part enacted Tp. III. iii. 83 “Bravely the of this harpy hast thou Perform'”
5. written character Tim. V. i. 159 “shall . . . write in thee the f-s of their love,” V. iii. 7, Oth. I. i. 62.
6. any of the various rhetorical forms of expression, which are adopted in order to give beauty, variety, or force Gent. II. i. 156, LLL. I. ii. 59, V. i. 68, Shr. I. ii. 115, Ham. II. ii. 98.
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (3):
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 2.2
    • William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 3.3
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