• Bending Boards into Shape after Boiling Them
    Bending Boards into Shape after Boiling Them
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shape give shape or form to "shape the dough","form the young child's character"
    • v shape shape or influence; give direction to "experience often determines ability","mold public opinion"
    • v shape 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"
    • n shape the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
    • n shape the visual appearance of something or someone "the delicate cast of his features"
    • n shape any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline) "he could barely make out their shapes"
    • n shape 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"
    • n shape 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"
    • n shape a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept "a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life"
    • n SHAPE the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe
    • n shape the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape')
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Showing ornate shell-shaped, floral and leaf patterns, and figures Showing ornate shell-shaped, floral and leaf patterns, and figures
The top of the arch forms a horse-shoe shape, with extensive decoration above The top of the arch forms a horse-shoe shape, with extensive decoration above
PADDLE-FISH So-called from the paddle-like or spoon-shaped snout. Eggs used for caviar. Range: The Mississippi River and its tributaries PADDLE-FISH So-called from the paddle-like or spoon-shaped snout. Eggs used for caviar. Range: The Mississippi River...
Trough-shaped vessel: Arkansas.--1/3 Trough-shaped vessel: Arkansas.--1/3
Bird-shaped bowl: Arkansas--1/3 Bird-shaped bowl: Arkansas--1/3
Bird-shaped bowl: Arkansas.--1/3 Bird-shaped bowl: Arkansas.--1/3
Animal-shaped bowl: Arkansas.--1/3 Animal-shaped bowl: Arkansas.--1/3
Forms of jar-shaped bottles Forms of jar-shaped bottles

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are over 600 different pasta shapes
    • Shape A model; a pattern; a mold.
    • Shape (Iron Manuf) A piece which has been roughly forged nearly to the form it will receive when completely forged or fitted.
    • Shape (Iron Manuf) A rolled or hammered piece, as a bar, beam, angle iron, etc., having a cross section different from merchant bar.
    • Shape 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 . "He beat me grievously, in the shape of a woman."
    • Shape Dress for disguise; guise. "Look better on this virgin, and consider
      This Persian shape laid by, and she appearing
      In a Greekish dress."
    • Shape Form of embodiment, as in words; form, as of thought or conception; concrete embodiment or example, as of some quality.
    • Shape That which has form or figure; a figure; an appearance; a being. "Before the gates three sat,
      On either side, a formidable shape ."
    • Shape To adapt to a purpose; to regulate; to adjust; to direct; as, to shape the course of a vessel. "To the stream, when neither friends, nor force,
      Nor speed nor art avail, he shapes his course."
      "Charmed by their eyes, their manners I acquire,
      And shape my foolishness to their desire."
    • Shape To design; to prepare; to plan; to arrange. "When shapen was all this conspiracy,
      From point to point."
      "I will early shape me therefor."
    • Shape To form or create; especially, to mold or make into a particular form; to give proper form or figure to. "I was shapen in iniquity.""Grace shaped her limbs, and beauty decked her face."
    • Shape To imagine; to conceive; to call forth (ideas). "Oft my jealousy Shapes faults that are not."
    • v. i Shape To suit; to be adjusted or conformable.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The United States Mint once considered producing donut-shaped coins.
    • shape To form; make; create; construct.
    • shape To give shape or form to; cut, mold, or make into a particular form: as, to shape a garment; to shape a vessel on the potters' wheel.
    • shape To adapt, as to a purpose; cause to conform; adjust; regulate: with to or unto.
    • shape To form with the mind; plan; contrive; devise; arrange; prepare.
    • shape To get ready; address (one's self to do something).
    • shape To direct (one's course); betake (one's self): as, to shape one's course homeward.
    • shape To image; conceive; call or conjure up.
    • shape To dress; array.
    • shape To destine; foreordain; predestine.
    • shape To take shape or form; be or become adapted, fit, or comformable.
    • shape To turn out; happen.
    • n shape Form; figure; outward contour, aspect, or appearance; hence, guise: as, the two things are dissimilar in shape; the shape of the head; in man's shape.
    • n shape That which was form or figure; a mere form, image, or figure; an appearance; a phantasm.
    • n shape Concrete embodiment or form, as of a thought, conception, or quality.
    • n shape Appearance; guise; dress; disguise; specifically, a theatrical costume (a complete dress).
    • n shape Way; manner.
    • n shape In industrial art:
    • n shape A pattern to be followed by workmen; especially, a flat pattern to guide a cutter.
    • n shape Something intended to serve as a framework for a light covering, as a bonnet-frame.
    • n shape In cookery, a dessert dish consisting of blanc-mange, rice, corn-starch, jelly, or the like cast in a mold, allowed to stand till it sets or firms, and then turned out for serving.
    • n shape The private parts, especially of a female.
    • n shape Synonyms Form, Fashion, etc. (see figure), outline, mold, cut, build, cast.
    • n shape An obsolete form of the past participle of shape.
    • n shape In iron ship-building, a general term including all forms of rolled bars, such as angle-bars, T-bars, I-bars, angle-bulb-bars, T-bulb-bars, channel-bars, Z-bars, etc., as distinguished from plates.
    • n shape In Tibet, a privy councillor; one of the five who advise the Tibetan regent in state affairs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Hershey, Pennsylvania, the streetlights along "Chocolate Avenue" are in the shape of Hershey Kisses.
    • v.t Shape shāp to form: to fashion: to adapt to a purpose: to regulate: to direct: to conceive
    • v.i Shape (Shak.) to take shape, to become fit:—pa.p. shāped, (B.) shāp′en
    • n Shape form or figure: external appearance: that which has form or figure: an appearance: particular nature: expression, as in words: a pattern:
    • n Shape (cook.) a dish of rice, jelly, or the like cast in a mould and turned out when it has grown firm
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  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.”
  • Christopher Morley
    “Few girls are as well shaped as a good horse.”
  • W. Clement Stone
    “Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “We make the world we live in and shape our own environment.”
  • Georges Bernanos
    “Faith is not a thing which one loses, we merely cease to shape our lives by it.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.”


Bad shape - If something's in bad shape, it's in bad condition. If a person's in bad shape, they are unfit or unhealthy.
Go pear-shaped - (UK) If things have gone wrong, they have gone pear-shaped.
Gone pear-shaped - (UK) If things have gone pear-shaped they have either gone wrong or produced an unexpected and unwanted result.
Good shape - If something's in good shape, it's in good condition. If a person's in good shape, they are fit and healthy.
Shape up or ship out - If someone has to shape up or ship out, they have to improve or leave their job, organisation, etc.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. shap, schap, AS. sceap, in gesceap, creation, creature, fr. the root of scieppan, scyppan, sceppan, to shape, to do, to effect; akin to OS. giskeppian, OFries. skeppa, D. scheppen, G. schaffen, OHG. scaffan, scepfen, skeffen, Icer. skapa, skepja, Dan. skabe, skaffe, Sw. skapa, skaffa, Goth. gaskapjan, and perhaps to E. shave, v. Cf. -ship


In literature:

He gave them human shape, and placed them as owners in the houses of the village.
"Aino Folk-Tales" by Basil Hall Chamberlain
It is in the shape of a triptych about four feet high.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
Now begin to build with stone, using mud as mortar, a fireplace this shape.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
The vines, also, are inconvenient in shape for tying.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
One end has a fork and the other is shaped to come between the fork.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
It had been shaped like a stingaree.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
For they were terribly like great crocodile shapes that had learned in some way to carry themselves erect upon their hinder limbs.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
He forced himself to look ahead, away from the spectral shapes that pursued.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
With this an innovation in the shape of square ginger wafers.
"Breakfasts and Teas" by Paul Pierce
Some, however, are trained as espaliers against walls, and in fan shape.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden

In poetry:

and shapes more fearful
because I feared
what I did not know
but have wanted to know.
"A Form Of Women" by Robert Creeley
Man can tear it,
Crush it, destroy it;
Uproot the trailers,
The thumb-shaped leafmgs.
"Ode To Walt Whitman" by Stephen Vincent Benet
The moon is hardly shaping
Her circle in the fog;
A dumb stream is escaping
Its prison in the bog.
"Picture Songs" by George MacDonald
A wood of asphodel below
Uprose as still and sweet as death,
And gliding shapes moved to and fro,—
I watched them with suspended breath.
"The Isle of Sleep" by Kate Seymour Maclean
We turn us from the light, and find
Our spectral shapes before us thrown,
As they who leave the sun behind
Walk in the shadows of themselves alone.
"The Shadow And The Light" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The flow'rs that rock themselves to his caress:
These of themselves shall shape my happiness,
Whose visible presence I shall lean upon,
Feeling that care is gone.
"Moly" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Our expectations shape the way we taste.
Author Tom Wolfe says America 'is in astonishingly good shape'.
A Bubble Nebula, Shaped by Dense Gas.
2013 is shaping up to be an interesting year for the banking industry .
Both events, along with some key technology developments, shaped the financial services industry in which we work today.
Phat Boyz New York Style Pizzeria in Perry has pizzas in all shapes and.
How Connor Barwin 's youth hoops team shaped him.
The country's second city is in better shape than it was a year ago but its future is still shaky.
Helped shape Southern soul in Stax Records' house band.
3 Bathing suit shapes that hide stretch marks.
Democrats shaping battle plan against Republicans for November.
Classic shapes get daring for fall thanks to a host of accents.
Shape of a fiscal cliff deal emerges.
Yes, we said tulip shaped.
Situated directly below a sun room, this octagon-shaped space in an underutilized basement was the last place its owners envisioned having a home theater system.

In science:

Note that, although Theorem 1.1 establishes the existence of the asymptotic shape A, it is difficult to identify exactly this shape.
The shape theorem for the frog model with random initial configuration
There is no evidence for a deviation of the spectral shape from the predicted shape on the non-oscillation hypothesis.
Neutrino Oscillations. Theory and Experiment
Different regions of the parameter space are associated with definite geometric shapes, such as spherical and deformed shapes and a condensate of quadrupole bosons.
How random are random nuclei? Shapes, triangles and kites
As the cluster will at first be typically circular in shape (if the temperature is not too low) it has to deform into more elliptical shape, with a longer interface than the band, before the latter can be formed.
Magnetization reversal times in the 2D Ising model
In a mean-field analysis, it was found that different regions of the parameter space can be associated with particular intrinsic vibrational states, which in turn correspond to definite geometric shapes: a spherical shape, a deformed shape or a condensate of quadrupole bosons.
Shape phase transitions and random interactions