[ fig-yuh-rey-shuh n ]
/ ˌfɪg yəˈreɪ ʃən /


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

Origin of figuration

1400–50; late Middle English figuracioun < Latin figūrātiōn- (stem of figūrātiō) “a shaping” (see figure) + -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for figuration

/ (ˌfɪɡəˈreɪʃən) /


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