1. [ noun ] any spatial attribute (especially as defined by outline)
Synonyms: form contour configuration conformation

"he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke"

Related terms: spatial_property topography convexity lobularity narrowing dullness concavity angularity stratification curvature straightness roundness sharpness crookedness contour straight crooked
2. [ verb ] shape or influence; give direction to
Synonyms: determine influence regulate mold

"experience often determines ability" "mold public opinion"

Related terms: cause dispose reshape time decide miscreate pace predetermine carry_weight indispose pace index form influence determinant regulation
3. [ noun ] the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
Synonyms: form

"geometry is the mathematical science of 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. [ verb ] make something, usually for a specific function
Synonyms: form forge mould work mold

"She molded the riceballs carefully" "Form cylinders from the dough" "shape a figure" "Work the metal into a sword"

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. [ verb ] cause to shape or form
Synonyms: form

"shape a bun" "shape a ball from the dough"

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. [ noun ] alternative names for the body of a human being
Synonyms: figure form flesh frame human_body anatomy bod chassis build soma physique material_body physical_body

"Leonardo studied the human body" "he has a strong physique" "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"

Related terms: body person female_body juvenile_body adult_body male_body person homo leg
7. [ noun ] the visual appearance of something or someone
Synonyms: form cast

"the delicate cast of his features"

Related terms: appearance
8. [ noun ] a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept
Synonyms: embodiment

"a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life"

Related terms: concretism embody
9. [ noun ] (medicine) the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases "in condition" or "in shape" or "out of condition" or "out of shape")
Synonyms: condition
Related terms: good_health fitness
10. [ noun ] (military) the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe
Synonyms: supreme_headquarters_allied_powers_europe
Related terms: high_command North_Atlantic_Treaty_Organization
11. [ noun ] a perceptual structure
Synonyms: form pattern

"the composition presents problems for students of musical form" "a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"

Related terms: structure strand gestalt mosaic fractal percept
Similar spelling:   Shupe