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Definitions of shape

  1. the visual appearance of something or someone; " the delicate cast of his features"
  2. the state of ( good) health ( especially in the phrases ` in condition' or ` in shape' or ` out of condition' or ` out of shape')
  3. a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept; " a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life"
  4. make something, usually for a specific function; " She molded the riceballs carefully"; " Form cylinders from the dough"; " shape a figure"; " Work the metal into a sword"
  5. the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; " geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
  6. a perceptual structure; " the composition presents problems for students of musical form"; " a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"
  7. give a shape or or form to; " shape the dough"
  8. the supremem headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe
  9. give a shape or form to; " shape the dough"
  10. To form or create; especially, to mold or make into a particular form; to give proper form or figure to.
  11. To adapt to a purpose; to regulate; to adjust; to direct; as, to shape the course of a vessel.
  12. To image; to conceive; to body forth.
  13. To design; to prepare; to plan; to arrange.
  14. To suit; to be adjusted or conformable.
  15. Character or construction of a thing as determining its external appearance; outward aspect; make; figure; form; guise; as, the shape of a tree; the shape of the head; an elegant shape.
  16. That which has form or figure; a figure; an appearance; a being.
  17. A model; a pattern; a mold.
  18. Form of embodiment, as in words; form, as of thought or conception; concrete embodiment or example, as of some quality.
  19. Dress for disguise; guise.
  20. A rolled or hammered piece, as a bar, beam, angle iron, etc., having a cross section different from merchant bar.
  21. A piece which has been roughly forged nearly to the form it will receive when completely forged or fitted.
  22. The form or figure of a thing; external appearance; that which has form or figure; pattern; cast, embodiment, or definite form; colloquially, state or condition.
  23. To make into a certain form; fashion; regulate; design.
  24. To form: to fashion: to adapt to a purpose: to regulate: to direct: to conceive:- pa. p. shaped, ( B.) shapen.
  25. Form or figure: external appearance: that which has form or figure: an appearance: particular nature: expression, as in words.
  26. Form or figure; appearance.
  27. To form; fashion; adjust.
  28. To mold; form; adjust; adapt; imagine.
  29. Outward form or expression; guise; aspect; statement.
  30. Form or figure; external appearance; a definite form; a pattern.
  31. To form or create; to make into a particular form; to adapt to a purpose; to direct; to conceive.
  32. To square; to suit.
  33. Form or figure of a thing; a mould or cast; pattern; form; external appearance; idea.
  34. To reduce to a particular form or figure; to fashion; to form; to adapt to a purpose; to regulate; to contrive; to direct; to suit.

Usage examples for shape

  1. Things are in a bad shape, and getting worse. – The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him by Paul Leicester Ford
  2. At last the question took shape. – A Romance of Wastdale by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  3. As it was he was in pretty bad shape. – The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp by Thornton W. Burgess
  4. He tried to speak, tried like a man, but if it had been to save his life, to save her life, the world, he could not find will to shape one word. – First Fam'lies of the Sierras by Joaquin Miller
  5. Pray, do you intend to shape your course much further down this hill?" – The Red Rover by James Fenimore Cooper
  6. She could not take her eyes from this shape. – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
  7. On his eighty- fifth birthday he was in just as good shape as you are to- day, and a week afterwards he was dead. – My Memories of Eighty Years by Chauncey M. Depew
  8. I wonder if this is his true shape? – Diplomatic Immunity by Robert Sheckley
  9. At the back of it, that is, against the walls of the adjoining room in the other house, we could see the shape of a similar door, and the secret was out. – Vicky Van by Carolyn Wells
  10. The thing takes shape, Watson. – The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle
  11. Being cousins, we speak after the same fashion, and in the shape of us there's not much that's amiss. – Six Plays by Florence Henrietta Darwin
  12. I prune with a saw and knife to give shape; think it beneficial. – The Apple by Various
  13. Then: I'm not in very good shape, Lucy. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  14. Their coats were of every colour, shape, and size. – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston
  15. Find and shape what is not known until it's made. – The Book With The Yellow Cover by John Moncure Wetterau
  16. All except one very old man, who kept his seat and from time to time muttered, 'Lord, what a shape she had! – The Castle Inn by Stanley John Weyman
  17. William's in bad shape still. – The Hohenzollerns in America With the Bolsheviks in Berlin and other impossibilities by Stephen Leacock
  18. Nor when Susan was named did Fielden's words take the shape of comfort; for he himself was seriously alarmed for her health. – Lucretia, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  19. " I've been in poor shape since I came here," said he. – Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist by John T. McIntyre
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