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figuration

[fig-yuh-rey-shuh n] /ˌfɪg yəˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
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.
  1. the employment of passing notes or other embellishments.
  2. the figuring of a bass part.
Origin of figuration
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English figuracioun < Latin figūrātiōn- (stem of figūrātiō) “a shaping” (see figure) + -ion
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  • Of trans-Alpine figuration after 1250 the less said the better.

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  • The figuration of the main hatch showed a small square, and there was a companion or hatch-cover abaft the mainmast.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • I stared earnestly at the rocky slopes on either hand, but could not have sworn their figuration was changed.

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  • The process which we have just described is the dominant process in Egyptian figuration.

British Dictionary definitions for figuration

figuration

/ˌfɪɡəˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
(music)
  1. the employment of characteristic patterns of notes, esp in variations on a theme
  2. decoration or florid ornamentation in general
2.
the act or an instance of representing figuratively, as by means of allegory or emblem
3.
a figurative or emblematic representation
4.
the act of decorating with a design
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