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    Figure or Image?

    I'm proofreading a book for formal errors and I was just wondering what the normal term in English is for a series of images, pictures and photos?

    They are called figures (abbreviation: fig.) in the book. That means every image/picture/drawing etc. has a small subtitle reading for example "Fig. 1: Device xy shown from top". The figures are numbered from 1 to n.

    So what is the better term: images, figures or illustrations?

    Thank you for your replies.
    Last edited by Michael84; 24-Jun-2011 at 14:09. Reason: typo

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    Re: Figure or Image?

    "Figure" is normally used for this thing. Especially in technical writing or textbooks. "Illustration" is more like for full-page pictures found in children's books.

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