Ef"fi*gy\, n.; [L. effigies, fr. effingere to form, fashion; ex + fingere to form, shape, devise. See Feign.] The image, likeness, or representation of a person, whether a full figure, or a part; an imitative figure.
1. the highest or most intense point in the development or resolution of something; culmination
2. a decisive moment that is of maximum intensity or is a major turning point in a plot
3. a) a figure consisting of a series of related ideas so arranged that each surpasses the preceding in force or intensity
b) the last term or member of this figure
4. the stable and self-perpetuating end stage in the ecological succession of a plant or animal community