change shape

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v change shape assume a different shape or form
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Quotations

  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
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    “It takes time for the absent to assume their true shape in our thoughts. After death they take on a firmer outline and then cease to change.”

Usage

In literature:

Then the moan changed pitch, and his mouth began to shape words.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Wearing the Tarnhelm I shall change my shape to thine, and as thy brother go through fire for thee and bring forth the maid.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
It has the power of changing the wearer into whatever shapes he chooses.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
How could he change himself to a fish or other shape, unobserved?
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
This is done by changing the shape of the deck and the bottom pieces.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
Don Quixote treated this blasphemous thought with scorn, and said he would stop at the next smithy to have its shape changed.
"The Story of Don Quixote" by Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
So the crowd moved on and on, while the great harbor surrounding their lives and shaping their lives, went on with its changes unheeded.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
I will change shape, too!
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
The dot is changing shape; it is turning into a short ellipse, a longer one.
"The Lost Kafoozalum" by Pauline Ashwell
He saw its black emptiness change to pale green fire that swirled and fled before a large shape.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
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In poetry:

And every aspect, shape, and change
Of action, and of passion:
And known to him was all the range
Of feeling, taste, and fashion.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
No gloom that stately shape can hide,
No change uncrown its brow; behold I
Dark, calm, large-fronted, lightning-eyed,
Earth has no double from its mould.
"Birthday Of Daniel Webster" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
An arena of yellow eyes
Watched the changing shape he cut,
Saw hoof harden from foot, saw sprout
Goat-horns. Marked how god rose
And galloped woodward in that guise.
"Faun" by Sylvia Plath
She took me up in her milk-white hand,
And she straik'd me three times o'er her knee;
She chang'd me again to my ain proper shape,
And nae mair do I toddle about the tree.
"Alison Gross" by Andrew Lang
The shape of my living grows in the clear air:
The nerve's machine precision, the long hand
Empty of old skill, flexed knee aware
Of foot groping the changed, uncertain land.
"For 1939" by Paul Engle
Now the slow light fills all the trees,
The world, before so still and strange,
With day's familiar presences,
Back to its common self must change,
And little gossip shapes of song
The porches of the morning throng.
"To A Bird At Dawn" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Her powerful waves ignored a sign to please keep the beach clean and changed the shape of the shoreline.
Cultural critic Robert Hughes reflects on how his car accident, and other life-changing events, have shaped him over the years.
Pierce Transit's governing board is changing shape after the agency altered its taxing district.
Pierce Transit's governing board is changing shape after the agency shrank its taxing district.
Art and its creators often have the power to persuade, change, shape, and lead public opinion.
Like vampires, culture wars never die, but like werewolves, they sometimes change shape.
And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is nothing we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.
Even the driest wood can change shape due to moisture, no matter what you do to it.
Pearl Harbor fleet changing shape.
HONOLULU — The Pearl Harbor fleet is changing shape with at least three surface ships being retired and a new destroyer named after a Hawaii-based SEAL on its way.
Rep Burt Solomons released this first draft and there is always a chance it could change, but what's shaping up is something we thought would happen.
Nader Jalili's "smart" tires may change shape to respond to varying road conditions, thanks to embedded piezo-electric materials he is developing.
Seventeen editor in chief Ann Shoket writes in the latest issue that the magazine's staff has signed a "Body Peace Treaty" that promises to "never change girls' body or face shapes" in photos.
Changing electorate shaped election results.
There are moments in your life that shape you and that change you.
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In science:

In addition, designs that allow individual modules to change their shape and size could also enhance overall performance.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
This is because measuring Cλ uses the peak flux, which will be strongly affected by changes in beam shape due to sky noise, pointing drifts, chop throw and the dish shape (most critical at 450µm).
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
The inherent surface accuracy and thermal fluctuations in the shape of the dish cause large variations in Cλ at 450µm (the changes are still present, but smaller at 850µm); thus the gain at 450µm often does not stabilise until after midnight, and can vary by more than a factor of two in the course of one night.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
DoS changes from V-shaped to flat one, the latter is characteristic to the random flux model as expected.
Singular Density of States of Disordered Dirac Fermions in the Chiral Models
This is mirrored to the dramatic change in the shape of the luminosity function with local galaxy density: where we see a steepening of the faint end slope of the luminosity function with decreasing density (Fig. 2c).
History of mass assembly and star formation in clusters
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