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Definitions of shape

  1. alternative names for the body of a human being; " Leonardo studied the human body"; " he has a strong physique"; " the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"
  2. the visual appearance of something or someone; " the delicate cast of his features"
  3. the state of ( good) health ( especially in the phrases ` in condition' or ` in shape' or ` out of condition' or ` out of shape')
  4. any spatial attributes ( especially as defined by outline); " he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke"
  5. shape or influence; give direction to; " experience often determines ability"; " mold public opinion"
  6. a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept; " a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life"
  7. 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"
  8. the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; " geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
  9. 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"
  10. give a shape or or form to; " shape the dough"
  11. the supremem headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe
  12. give a shape or form to; " shape the dough"
  13. To form or create; especially, to mold or make into a particular form; to give proper form or figure to.
  14. To adapt to a purpose; to regulate; to adjust; to direct; as, to shape the course of a vessel.
  15. To image; to conceive; to body forth.
  16. To design; to prepare; to plan; to arrange.
  17. To suit; to be adjusted or conformable.
  18. 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.
  19. That which has form or figure; a figure; an appearance; a being.
  20. A model; a pattern; a mold.
  21. Form of embodiment, as in words; form, as of thought or conception; concrete embodiment or example, as of some quality.
  22. Dress for disguise; guise.
  23. A rolled or hammered piece, as a bar, beam, angle iron, etc., having a cross section different from merchant bar.
  24. A piece which has been roughly forged nearly to the form it will receive when completely forged or fitted.
  25. 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.
  26. To make into a certain form; fashion; regulate; design.
  27. To form: to fashion: to adapt to a purpose: to regulate: to direct: to conceive:- pa. p. shaped, ( B.) shapen.
  28. Form or figure: external appearance: that which has form or figure: an appearance: particular nature: expression, as in words.
  29. Form or figure; appearance.
  30. To form; fashion; adjust.
  31. To mold; form; adjust; adapt; imagine.
  32. Outward form or expression; guise; aspect; statement.
  33. Form or figure; external appearance; a definite form; a pattern.
  34. To form or create; to make into a particular form; to adapt to a purpose; to direct; to conceive.
  35. To square; to suit.
  36. Form or figure of a thing; a mould or cast; pattern; form; external appearance; idea.
  37. 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.
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Quotes of shape

  1. When you see a fish you don't think of its scales, do you? You think of its speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water... If I made fins and eyes and scales, I would arrest its movement, give a pattern or shape of reality. I want just the flash of its spirit. – Constantin Brancusi
  2. The way to make coaches think you're in shape in the spring is to get a tan. – Whitey Ford
  3. I used to think it was hard to write, and I still find the process more or less unpleasant, but if I know what I'm doing it rattles along, then the rewrite whips it into shape rather quickly. – Jonathan Franzen
  4. I knew that maybe I couldn't be playing again, but I just wanted to get in physical shape – Steffi Graf
  5. I think we're in good shape but the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina is in some small way mitigated by the fact that we now have more people talking about it, thinking about it and working on it, so that we will be more vigilant and ready. – John Hickenlooper
  6. Who, then, will govern? The answer must be, Man- for we have no angels in the shape of men, as yet, who are willing to take charge of our political affairs. – Andrew Johnson
  7. Banks introduced the installment plan. The disappearance of cash and the coming of the credit card changed the shape of life in the United States. – Jerzy Kosinski
  8. A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds. – Henry Moore
  9. It's important to be precise about words, because of the thought value of them -they frame and shape so much of the way we understand things. – Michael Nesmith
  10. Most cases, I would say, in a huge amount of cases, countries that have worked with us and have used our financial facilities have come out quick... more quickly and in a better shape from a crisis than would have come out otherwise. – Rodrigo Rato
  11. Am I willing to give up what I have in order to be what I am not yet? Am I able to follow the spirit of love into the desert? It is a frightening and sacred moment. There is no return. One's life is charged forever. It is the fire that gives us our shape – Mary Richards
  12. The people at the top of the league think they need to rein me in so I don't become another Michael Jordan, somebody they aren't able to mold and shape and make their puppet. – Dennis Rodman
  13. In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  14. When I was growing up, my mother would take me to plays and museums, and we'd talk about life. Those times helped shape who I became. – Jill Scott
  15. And if citizens of New Orleans who are really contemplating coming back heard that we're really intent upon making the place secure again- regardless of whether the levees held or not- then I think a rebuilding process would really take shape – Billy Tauzin

Usage examples for shape

  1. As it was he was in pretty bad shape – The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp by Thornton W. Burgess
  2. " I've been in poor shape since I came here," said he. – Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist by John T. McIntyre
  3. At last the question took shape – A Romance of Wastdale by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  4. Then: I'm not in very good shape Lucy. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  5. 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
  6. Their coats were of every colour, shape and size. – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston
  7. 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
  8. 9594. But you have no security in the shape of fish which you are to receive? – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  9. Pray, do you intend to shape your course much further down this hill?" – The Red Rover by James Fenimore Cooper
  10. William's in bad shape still. – The Hohenzollerns in America With the Bolsheviks in Berlin and other impossibilities by Stephen Leacock
  11. 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
  12. Find and shape what is not known until it's made. – The Book With The Yellow Cover by John Moncure Wetterau
  13. Things are in a bad shape and getting worse. – The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him by Paul Leicester Ford
  14. 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
  15. I prune with a saw and knife to give shape think it beneficial. – The Apple by Various
  16. I wonder if this is his true shape – Diplomatic Immunity by Robert Sheckley
  17. 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
  18. She could not take her eyes from this shape – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
  19. 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
  20. The thing takes shape Watson. – The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle

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