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 for figured bass
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Figured \Fig"ured\, a.
     1. Adorned with figures; marked with figures; as, figured
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     2. Not literal; figurative. [Obs.] --Locke.
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     3. (Mus.)
        (a) Free and florid; as, a figured descant. See
            Figurate, 3.
        (b) Indicated or noted by figures.
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     Figured bass. See Continued bass, under Continued.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  figured bass
      n 1: a bass part written out in full and accompanied by numbers
           to indicate the chords to be played [syn: figured bass,
           basso continuo, continuo, thorough bass]

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