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"
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
Origin: [OE. shapen, schapen, AS. sceapian. The p. p. shapen is from the strong verb, AS. scieppan, scyppan, sceppan, p. p. sceapen. See Shape, n.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
shāp, v.t. to form: to fashion: to adapt to a purpose: to regulate: to direct: to conceive.—v.i. (Shak.) to take shape, to become fit:—pa.p. shāped, (B.) shāp′en.—n. form or figure: external appearance: that which has form or figure: an appearance: particular nature: expression, as in words: a pattern: (cook.) a dish of rice, jelly, or the like cast in a mould and turned out when it has grown firm.—adjs. Shā′pable, Shape′able; Shaped, having a varied ornamental form; Shape′less, having no shape or regular form: (Shak.) effecting nothing.—ns. Shape′lessness; Shape′liness.—adj. Shape′ly, having shape or regular form: symmetrical.—ns. Shā′per, a metal planing machine, the tool with reciprocating motion; Shā′ping, representation, imagination.—Take shape, to assume a definite form or plan. [A.S. sceapan, scapan, to form, make; Ice. skapa, Ger. schaffen.]
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
The numerical value of shape in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of shape in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We shape our buildings and they shape us.
Be as soft as possible, if something good and wise wants to shape you; be as hard as possible, if something bad and foolish wants to shape you!
The most important thing about being able to change you shape in flight is that every flight speed, every maneuver has a different shape that's optimal.
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.
As the same fire assumes different shapes When it consumes objects differing in shape, So does the one Self take the shape Of every creature in whom he is present.
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Translations for shape
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- أشكال, شكلArabic
- আকৃতি, আকারBengali
- formarCatalan, Valencian
- forma, tvar, utvářet, tvarovat, stav, formovatCzech
- Form, formen, ZustandGerman
- muoto, muotoilla, muovata, kuntoFinnish
- forme, donner une forme, formerFrench
- cruth, cumadhScottish Gaelic
- צורה, מצב, עיצבHebrew
- alak, formaHungarian
- վիճակ, ձեւArmenian
- forma, sagoma, modellareItalian
- 形, 型, 形作る, 形状, 形態, 様子, ようすJapanese
- forma, figuraLatin
- status, conditie, vorm, fysiek, staat, toestandDutch
- estado, forma, modelar, condiçãoPortuguese
- formă, stareRomanian
- форма, фигура, состояниеRussian
- oblika, oblikovatiSlovene
- tillstånd, form, formaSwedish
- స్థితి, ఆకారం, ఆకారము, ఆకృతి, రూపుదిద్దుTelugu
- hình dángVietnamese
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