- a mere product of mental invention; a fantastic notion: The noises in the attic were just a figment of his imagination.
- a feigned, invented, or imagined story, theory, etc.: biographical and historical figments.
- a fantastic notion, invention, or fabricationa figment of the imagination
early 15c., from Latin figmentum “something formed or fashioned, creation,” related to figura “shape” (see figure (n.)).