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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fig-yuh-rey-shuh n]
    • /ˌfɪg yəˈreɪ ʃən/
    • /ˌfɪ.ɡjə.ˈreɪ.ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fig-yuh-rey-shuh n]
    • /ˌfɪg yəˈreɪ ʃən/

Definitions of figuration word

  • noun figuration the act of shaping into a particular figure. 1
  • noun figuration the resulting figure or shape: emblematic figurations of the sun and the moon. 1
  • noun figuration the act of representing figuratively. 1
  • noun figuration a figurative representation: allegorical figurations. 1
  • noun figuration the act of marking or adorning with a design. 1
  • noun figuration Music. the employment of passing notes or other embellishments. the figuring of a bass part. 1

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Origin of figuration

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English figuracioun < Latin figūrātiōn- (stem of figūrātiō) “a shaping” (see figure) + -ion

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Parts of speech for Figuration


figuration popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 63% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

figuration usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for figuration

noun figuration

  • symbolism — the practice of representing things by symbols, or of investing things with a symbolic meaning or character.
  • outline — the line by which a figure or object is defined or bounded; contour.
  • form — external appearance of a clearly defined area, as distinguished from color or material; configuration: a triangular form.
  • contour — You can refer to the general shape or outline of an object as its contours.
  • shape — Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe.

Antonyms for figuration

noun figuration

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