Definitions for shapeʃeɪp
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
shapeʃeɪp(n.; v.)shaped, shap•ing.
(n.)the quality of a distinct object or body in having an external surface or outline of specific form or figure.
something seen in outline, as in silhouette:
A vague shape appeared through the mist.
an imaginary form; phantom.
an assumed appearance; guise.
organized form or orderly arrangement:
He could give no shape to his ideas.
condition or state of repair:
The old house was in bad shape.
the collective conditions forming a way of life or mode of existence:
What will the shape of the future be?
the figure, physique, or body of a person, esp. of a woman.
something used to give form, as a mold or a pattern.
a flanged metal beam or bar of uniform section, as a channel or I-beam.
Category: Metallurgy, Building Trades
(v.t.)to give definite form, organization, or character to.
to couch or express in words.
to adjust; adapt.
to direct (one's course, future, etc.).
to teach (a behavior) by rewarding actions as they approximate the desired result.
Category: Animal Behavior, Psychology
(v.i.)to come to a desired conclusion or take place in a specified way.
shape up, to evolve or develop, esp. favorably. to improve one's behavior, performance, or physical condition.
Category: Verb Phrase
Idioms for shape:
take shape,to assume a fixed or more complete form; become defined.
Origin of shape:
bef. 900; (n.) ME; OE gesceapu (pl.), c. ON skap state, mood; (v.) ME, generalized from OE sceapen, ptp. of sceppan, scyppan, c. OHG scaphen, ON skepja, Go gaskapjan to create, make
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe.
shape, form, configuration, contour, conformation(noun)
any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)
"he could barely make out their shapes"
the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
"geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, form, flesh(noun)
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"
a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept
"a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life"
form, shape, cast(noun)
the visual appearance of something or someone
"the delicate cast of his features"
the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape')
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, SHAPE(noun)
the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe
form, shape, pattern(verb)
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"
determine, shape, mold, influence, regulate(verb)
shape or influence; give direction to
"experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"
shape, form, work, mold, mould, forge(verb)
make something, usually for a specific function
"She molded the rice balls carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"
give shape or form to
"shape the dough"; "form the young child's character"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the form of an object
packages of all shapes and sizes; a vase in the shape of a dolphin; I could see a huge shape in the darkness.
the condition sth is in
The lake is in good shape for summer swimming.
the way sth is organized and the qualities it has
Computers and the Internet changed the shape of communications.
to begin to develop and become organized
The U.S. Olympic team is beginning to take shape.
physically healthy from exercise and good diet
I have to get in shape.
physically unhealthy from lack of exercise and good diet
I'm so out of shape right now.
to decide the way sth happens or is organized
decisions that will shape your future; officials working to shape new tax proposals
to give a particular form
Shape the clay into a ball.
to form or create; especially, to mold or make into a particular form; to give proper form or figure to
to adapt to a purpose; to regulate; to adjust; to direct; as, to shape the course of a vessel
to image; to conceive; to body forth
to design; to prepare; to plan; to arrange
to suit; to be adjusted or conformable
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
that which has form or figure; a figure; an appearance; a being
a model; a pattern; a mold
form of embodiment, as in words; form, as of thought or conception; concrete embodiment or example, as of some quality
dress for disguise; guise
a rolled or hammered piece, as a bar, beam, angle iron, etc., having a cross section different from merchant bar
a piece which has been roughly forged nearly to the form it will receive when completely forged or fitted
The shape of an object located in some space is a geometrical description of the part of that space occupied by the object, as determined by its external boundary – abstracting from location and orientation in space, size, and other properties such as colour, content, and material composition. Mathematician and statistician David George Kendall writes: In this paper ‘shape’ is used in the vulgar sense, and means what one would normally expect it to mean. [...] We here define ‘shape’ informally as ‘all the geometrical information that remains when location, scale and rotational effects are filtered out from an object.’ Simple shapes can be described by basic geometry objects such as a set of two or more points, a line, a curve, a plane, a plane figure, or a solid figure. Most shapes occurring in the physical world are complex. Some, such as plant structures and coastlines, may be so arbitrary as to defy traditional mathematical description – in which case they may be analyzed by differential geometry, or as fractals.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'shape' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1656
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'shape' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2243
Rank popularity for the word 'shape' in Nouns Frequency: #583
Rank popularity for the word 'shape' in Verbs Frequency: #693
Translations for shape
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the external form or outline of anything
People are all (of) different shapes and sizes; The house is built in the shape of a letter L.
- formatoPortuguese (BR)
- die FormGerman
- skikkelse; formDanish
- lögun, formIcelandic
- forma, pavidalasLithuanian
- forma; veidsLatvian
- form, fasongNorwegian
- بڼه، شكل، څيره (اصط) كړه وړه، جوله، وړ (لكه په رنګه او دړښايسته ده)، رغښت: حالت، وضعه: قالبPashto
- form, fason, skapnadSwedish
- biçim, şekilTurkish
- 形狀Chinese (Trad.)
- форма; модельUkrainian
- کسی چیز کی باہری شکلUrdu
- hình thùVietnamese
- 形状Chinese (Simp.)
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