Figure and Sketch


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Figure noun – A line that traces the outer limits of an object or surface.
Usage example: we could gradually see the figure of a ship coming our way through the fog

Sketch is a synonym for figure in diagram topic. In some cases you can use "Sketch" instead the word "Figure" as a noun or a verb, when it comes to topics like art, depiction.
Nearby Words: figured, figuring, figurine, figuration, fig
Synonyms for Figure


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Sketch noun – A picture using lines to represent the chief features of an object or scene.
Usage example: made a quick sketch from which she would create a more detailed painting later

Figure is a synonym for sketch in art topic. Sometimes you can use "Figure" instead the word "Sketch" as a noun or a verb, if it concerns topics such as drawing.
Nearby Words: sketchy, sketched, sketching
Synonyms for Sketch

How words are described

old old figure old sketch
similar similar figure similar sketch
original original figure original sketch
single single figure single sketch
Other adjectives: popular, small, actual, large, famous, key, new, well-known, political, older, historical.

Common collocations

boy figure boy sketch boy

Both words in one sentence

  • Discworld / Feet of Clay Vetinari's sketch of a figure made up of hundreds of smaller humans is a reference to Thomas Hobbes' "Leviathan".
  • Moral Guardians aka: Moral Guardian Another sketch had a Mary Whitehouse type figure objecting to the language in a previous sketch on the grounds that her children might have seen it..and it was only due to the good fortune that they hadn't yet been born that they hadn't seen it.
  • Facial Composite Failure However, the provided police sketch depicts a stick figure in a turban and goatee, and another wearing a Chinese hat, squinty eyes, and big teeth.
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