figuration

[fig-yuh-rey-shuhn]
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.
a.
the employment of passing notes or other embellishments.
b.
the figuring of a bass part.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English figuracioun < Latin figūrātiōn- (stem of figūrātiō) a shaping. See figurate, -ion

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figuration (ˌfɪɡəˈreɪʃən)
 
n
1.  music
 a.  the employment of characteristic patterns of notes, esp in variations on a theme
 b.  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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These oddly intimate pictures mark a dividing line between what might be called old-fashioned figuration and something postmodern.
Divided almost equally between figuration and abstraction, all evoke references to nature and the human figure.
In maintaining route continuity, figuration may not favor the heavy traffic movement, through route.
The results were used to select a reference conceptual laser system con-figuration.
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