[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. figurally,
  2. figurant,
  3. figurante,
  4. figurate,
  5. figurate number,
  6. figurative,
  7. figurative language,
  8. figuratively,
  9. figure,
  10. figure and ground

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. 2019

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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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