shape

shape [shāp]
n.
[ME schap < OE (ge)sceap, form, created thing, akin to scieppan, to create, form < IE * skeb-, var. of base * (s)kep-, to cut with a sharp tool > SHAFT, SHAVE]
1. that quality of a thing which depends on the relative position of all points composing its outline or external surface; physical or spatial form
2. the form characteristic of a particular person or thing, or class of things
3. the contour of the body, exclusive of the face; figure
4. assumed or feigned appearance; guise [a foe in the shape of a friend]
5. an imaginary or spectral form; phantom
6. something having a particular shape, used as a mold or basis for shaping or fashioning
7. any of the forms, structures, etc. in which a thing may exist [dangers of every shape]
8. definite, regular, or suitable form; orderly arrangement [to begin to take shape ]
9.
a) condition; state, esp. of health [a patient in poor shape]
b) good physical condition [exercises that keep one in shape]
vt.
shaped, shaping
1. to give definite shape to; make, as by cutting or molding material
2. to arrange, fashion, express, or devise (a plan, answer, etc.) in definite form
3. to adapt or adjust [to shape one's plans to one's abilities]
4. to direct or conduct (one's life, the course of events, etc.)
5. Obs. to appoint or decree
vi.
1. Obs. to become suited; conform
2. Rare to happen
3. Informal to take shape or form: often with into or up
SYN.- FORM, MAKE1
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out of shape Informal
1. not in good physical condition
2. damaged, bent, etc. so as not to have its usual form
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☆ shape up Informal
1. to develop to a definite form, condition, etc.
2. to develop satisfactorily or favorably
3. to do what is expected of one; behave as required
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take shape
to begin to have definite form, condition, etc.
shaper
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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