shape meaning

[ ʃeip ] Pronunciation:   "shape" in a sentence
Noun: shape  sheyp
  1. Any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)
    "he could barely make out their shapes"
    - form, configuration, contour, conformation 
  2. The spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
    "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
    - form 
  3. Alternative names for the body of a human being
    - human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, bod, chassis, frame, form, flesh 
  4. A concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept
    - embodiment 
  5. The visual appearance of something or someone
    - form, cast 
  6. The state of (good) health (especially in the phrases 'in condition' or 'in shape' or 'out of condition' or 'out of shape')
    - condition 
  7. A perceptual structure
    - form, pattern
Verb: shape  sheyp
  1. Shape or influence; give direction to
    - determine, mold [N. Amer], influence, regulate, mould [Brit, Cdn] 
  2. Make something, usually for a specific function
    "shape a figure"
    - form, work, mold [N. Amer], mould [Brit, Cdn], forge 
  3. Give shape or form to
    "shape the dough"
    - form
  1. The supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe
    - Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe

Derived forms: shapes, shaping, shaped

See also: crooked, shaped, shapely, shaper, shaping, straight

Type of: alter, appearance, attribute, body, cause, change, concrete representation, concretism, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, do, good health, healthiness, high command, make, modify, organic structure, physical structure, spatial property, spatiality, structure, supreme headquarters, visual aspect

Part of: homo, human, human being, individual, man, mortal, NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation [Brit], North Atlantic Treaty Organization, percept, perception, perceptual experience, person, somebody, someone, soul

Encyclopedia: SHAPE



Any of a number of metal bars or beams of uniform section, as an I-beam.


To cut a profile or detail, as a beaded or rounded edge on a board.


To work a material to a required pattern, as on a shaper.



shape up or ship out (AmE) (informal)

used to tell sb that if they do not improve, work harder, etc. they will have to leave their job, position, etc.


shape up (as sth)


to develop in a particular way, especially in a good way:

Our plans are shaping up nicely

(= showing signs that they will be successful).

2006 is shaping up as a difficult year for the company.


to improve your behaviour, work harder, etc:

If he doesn't shape up, he'll soon be out of a job.

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe

vt shaped; shap·ing : to modify (behavior) by rewarding changes that tend toward a desired response


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  1. the shape of the control box is arbitrary.
  2. that's the way i'm getting back into shape.
  3. the front wheel of the bicycle was out of shape.
  4. press out shapes from a piece of card.
  5. our plans now began to take shape.

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