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1. shape [ n ] any spatial attribute (especially as defined by outline)
Examples: "he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke"

Used in print:

(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)

Styles run the gamut from slender and tapered with elongated toes to a newer squared toe shape .

(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)

Man 's life , originally shaped for immortality and for communion with God , must now be conformed_to the shape of death .

(Richard I. McCosh, "Recreation Site Selection"...)

Notice should be taken_of unusual rock formations , deposits , or shapes of the earth 's crust in your region .

Shape of the area is also related_to the use attractions and needs of the development .

A large picnic_area or camping development is most efficient in shape as a square or rectangle several hundred feet in_width in_preference_to a long narrow area less_than one_hundred feet wide .

Synonyms shape form contour configuration conformation Related Terms spatial_property topography convexity lobularity narrowing dullness concavity angularity stratification curvature straightness roundness sharpness crookedness contour straight crooked

2. shape [ v ] shape or influence; give direction to
Examples: "experience often determines ability" "mold public opinion"

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(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)

When Stravinsky shaped his purpose to the shifting scenes of many cultures , many salons , many dialectics , many personalities , he tried to refashion himself into a stylist of many styles , determined by many disparate cultures .

(Gibson Winter, The Suburban Captivity of the...)

If economic integration really shapes congregational life , then evangelism should be a process of extending economic integration .

Synonyms determine shape influence regulate mold Related Terms cause dispose reshape time decide miscreate pace predetermine carry_weight indispose pace index form influence determinant regulation

3. shape [ n ] the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
Examples: "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"

Used in print:

(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)

Ripe_Geometric potters continued to employ the old syntax of ornaments and shapes and made use of the well-defined though limited range of motifs which they had inherited .

(William Maxwell, The Chateau....)

One of the drawing-room shutters was partly open and he made_out the shapes of chairs and sofas , which seemed to be upholstered in brown or russet velvet .

(Hampton Stone, The Man Who Looked Death...)

Here_and_there on work_table or pedestal stood a shape with a sheet or a tarpaulin draped over it .

These shapes might have been mad , but there was no telling .

Synonyms form shape Related Terms attribute plane line figure column circle flare distorted_shape triangle round_shape angular_shape amorphous_shape natural_shape square connection solid

4. shape [ v ] make something, usually for a specific function
Examples: "She molded the riceballs carefully" "Form cylinders from the dough" "shape a figure" "Work the metal into a sword"

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(The New York Times,...)

Shaw and Skorich headed a group of players , coaches and team officials who received an engrossed copy of an official city citation and a pair of silver cufflinks shaped like a football .

(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)

Man 's life , originally shaped for immortality and for communion with God , must now be conformed_to the shape of death .

(Mr. America, 4:6...)

So with four complete Push-Pull_Super-Sets No. 1 , four of No. 2 , four of No. 3 and four to six sets of the Incline_Bench_Press , you can see that Henri_de_Courcy has had a terrific mass building , muscle shaping , torso defining workout that cannot be improved upon .

(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)

It is roughly shaped like a large pear , and when properly ripened , its dark green skin covers a meaty , melon like pulp that has about the consistency of a ripe Bartlett_pear , but oily .

Synonyms form shape mould forge work mold Related Terms create_from_raw_material carve model beat sculpt mound hill machine roughcast swage puddle reshape chip cast sinter handbuild throw stamp preform preform work constitution formation form cast

5. shape [ v ] cause to shape or form
Examples: "shape a bun" "shape a ball from the dough"

Used in print:

(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)

When Prokofieff forged his new clarity of `` lucid , straightforward music , so difficult to compose '' , he shaped his talents to his purpose .

(The Department of State: A Fresh Look at the...)

For he knows that the first and sometimes most difficult job is to know what the question is - that when it is accurately identified it sometimes answers itself , and that the way in which it is posed frequently shapes the answer .

Synonyms form shape Related Terms change fit flatten square strike crystallize cup round twist tie roll blow draw terrace cone plume tabulate scallop dish fork deform granulate culminate block sliver block dimension individuate encircle ridge formation form form shaper

6. shape [ n ] alternative names for the body of a human being
Examples: "Leonardo studied the human body" "he has a strong physique" "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"

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(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)

Bevo was congratulated for his efforts to stay in shape so_that he could help the team if his knee healed in_time .

(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)

The shapes of the men ahead of him lacked solidity , as if the whip had stripped them of their very flesh .

Even at this short distance they were only vague shapes , setting_up the machine_gun on a small knoll so that it could fire above the heads of the rest of the patrol .

Synonyms figure form flesh shape frame anatomy human_body bod chassis build soma physique material_body physical_body Related Terms body person female_body juvenile_body adult_body male_body person homo leg

7. shape [ n ] the visual appearance of something or someone
Examples: "the delicate cast of his features"

Used in print:

(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)

The warped , broken trees in the valley assumed wraith-like shapes .

(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)

Many Shapes in Bathtubs .

Synonyms form shape cast Related Terms appearance

8. shape [ n ] a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept
Examples: "a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life"

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(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)

Not a circle , then , nor a straight_line , but a spiral represents the shape of death as Irenaeus sees it ; for a spiral has motion as_well_as recurrence .

Synonyms shape embodiment Related Terms concretism embody

9. shape [ n ] the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases "in condition" or "in shape" or "out of condition" or "out of shape")

Used in print:

(Edwin Booth, Outlaw Town....)

Curt was in almost as bad shape , but he would n't quit .

Synonyms condition shape Related Terms good_health fitness

10. shape [ n ] the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe

Synonyms supreme_headquarters_allied_powers_europe shape Related Terms high_command North_Atlantic_Treaty_Organization

11. shape [ n ] a perceptual structure
Examples: "the composition presents problems for students of musical form" "a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"

Synonyms form pattern shape Related Terms structure strand gestalt mosaic fractal percept

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