Meaning of Figure

What is Figure:

The term figure, which comes from the Latin figure, is used to refer to the shape, appearance or external image of a person, body or object in particular and that differentiates it from others.

The word figure can be used in various contexts in which the meaning of the word varies. For example, when referring to a prominent person in a specific field such as medicine or in the legal area, to the body figure of an individual who takes care of his body and muscles, or to a character in a play or movie.

Statues, sculptures and even paintings that reproduce the shapes of human or animal bodies are also called figures.

The word figure can be replaced by synonyms such as silhouette, shape, image and contour or, in the case of referring to a prominent person, it can be replaced by character or eminence.

Geometric figure

The geometric figure is composed of points and a line or set of closed lines that are distinguished by their surface and volume, which in turn form a silhouette or object.

In geometry, one of the branches of study of mathematics, geometric figures are studied through their extension. If the extension of a figure has two dimensions, then it is called a surface. But, if it has three surfaces: longitude, latitude and depth, it speaks of volume.

There are different types of geometric figures, the basic ones are the point, the plane and the line. Then, there are the most recognized geometric figures that are, the triangle, the box, the rectangle and the circle. And, due to their size, there are linear, plane and volumetric figures (three-dimensional).

Figure of speech

Rhetorical figures or literary figures refer to the unconventional use of language, through resources and techniques, to achieve greater expressiveness, emotion and beauty in literary discourse.

Writers often make use of figures of speech in poems, essays, or narrative and dramatic texts to enrich, enhance, and beautify the images, emotions, or events described throughout the story.

Among the most used rhetorical figures are simile (comparison), hyperbole (exaggeration), onomatopoeia (written representation of sounds), metaphor (analogy), among others.

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