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fig•u•ra•tion



Pronunciation: (fig"yu-rā'shun), [key]
n.
1. the act of shaping into a particular figure.
2. the resulting figure or shape: emblematic figurations of the sun and the moon.
3. the act of representing figuratively.
4. a figurative representation: allegorical figurations.
5. the act of marking or adorning with a design.
6. Music.
a. the employment of passing notes or other embellishments.
b. the figuring of a bass part.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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