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Meaning of shape by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: shāp, IPA: /ʃeɪp/, X-SAMPA: /SeIp/
    • Rhymes: -eɪp

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English shap, schape, from Old English ġesceap ( “shape, form, created being, creature, creation, dispensation, fate, condition, sex, gender, genitalia” ), from Proto-Germanic *ga- + *skapan ( “shape, nature, condition” ), from Proto-Indo-European *( s )kÀp- ( “to split, cut” ). Cognate with Middle Dutch schap ( “form” ), Middle High German geschaf ( “creature” ), Icelandic skap ( “state, condition, temper, mood” ) .


    shape ( plural: shapes )

    1. The status or condition of something
      The used bookshop wouldn't offer much due to the poor shape of the book .
    2. Condition of personal health, especially muscular health .
      The vet checked to see what kind of shape the animal was in .
      We exercise to keep in good physical shape .
    3. The appearance of something, especially its outline .
      He cut a square shape out of the cake .
    4. A figure with unspecified appearance; especially a geometric figure .
      What shape shall we use for the cookies? Stars, circles, or diamonds?
    5. Form; formation.
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    Etymology 2

    From Middle English shapen, schapen, from Old English scieppan ( “to shape, form, make, create, assign, arrange, destine, order, adjudge” ), from Proto-Germanic *skapjanan ( “to create” ), from Proto-Indo-European *( s )kÀp- ( “to split, divide” ). Cognate with Dutch scheppen, German schaffen, Swedish skapa ( “to create, make” ) .


    shape ( third-person singular simple present shapes, present participle shaping, simple past shaped or ( archaic ) shope, past participle shaped or shapen )

    1. ( transitive ) To give something a shape and definition .
    2. To manouevre something into a certain shape.
    3. ( of a country, person, etc ) To give influence to .
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Explanation of shape by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. give shape or form to

    2. shape the dough
    3. shape or influence

    4. make something, usually for a specific function

    5. shape a figure
    1. the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance

    2. geometry is the mathematical science of shape
    3. the visual appearance of something or someone

    4. any spatial attributes ( especially as defined by outline )

    5. he could barely make out their shapes
    6. alternative names for the body of a human being

    7. a perceptual structure

    8. a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept

    9. the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe

    10. the state of ( good ) health ( especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape' )

    Definition of shape by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Shape ( shāp ), v. t. [imp. Shaped ( shāpt ); p. p. Shaped or Shapen ( shāp'n ); p. pr. & vb. n. Shaping.] [OE. shapen, schapen, AS. sceapian. The p. p. shapen is from the strong verb, AS. scieppan, scyppan, sceppan, p. p. sceapen. See Shape, n.]
      1. 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. Ps. li. 5.

      Grace shaped her limbs, and beauty decked her face. Prior.

      2. 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. Denham.

      Charmed by their eyes, their manners I acquire,

      And shape my foolishness to their desire. Prior.

      3. To imagine; to conceive; to call forth ( ideas ). [archaic]

      Oft my jealousy

      Shapes faults that are not. Shak.

      4. To design; to prepare; to plan; to arrange.

      When shapen was all this conspiracy,

      From point to point. Chaucer.

      Shaping machine. ( Mach. ) Same as Shaper. -- To shape one's self, to prepare; to make ready. [Obs.]

      I will early shape me therefor. Chaucer.

    2. Shape v. i. To suit; to be adjusted or conformable. [R.] Shak.

    3. Shape, n. [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.]
      1. 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. Shak.

      2. That which has form or figure; a figure; an appearance; a being.

      Before the gates three sat,

      On either side, a formidable shape. Milton.

      3. A model; a pattern; a mold.

      4. Form of embodiment, as in words; form, as of thought or conception; concrete embodiment or example, as of some quality. Milton.

      5. Dress for disguise; guise. [Obs.]

      Look better on this virgin, and consider

      This Persian shape laid by, and she appearing

      In a Greekish dress. Messinger.

      6. ( Iron Manuf. ) 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.

      To take shape, to assume a definite form.