- The definition of a shape is a specific form, a particular condition, the outline of something you can see even when you cannot clearly make out what it is, or to a something cut out of paper.
- An example of a shape is a square diamond.
- An example of shape is a state of ill health.
- An example of shape is when you see the shadow of a figure but can't make out who it is.
- An example of shape is a circle cut out of construction paper.
- To shape is to mold something or someone.
- An example of shape is when you mold clay.
- An example of shape is when you set the design of a project.
- An example of shape is when you influence a child's future.
Diamonds of different shapes.
- that quality of a thing which depends on the relative position of all points composing its outline or external surface; physical or spatial form
- the form characteristic of a particular person or thing, or class of things
- the contour of the body, exclusive of the face; figure
- assumed or feigned appearance; guise: a foe in the shape of a friend
- an imaginary or spectral form; phantom
- something having a particular shape, used as a mold or basis for shaping or fashioning
- any of the forms, structures, etc. in which a thing may exist: dangers of every shape
- definite, regular, or suitable form; orderly arrangement: to begin to take shape
- condition; state, esp. of health: a patient in poor shape
- good physical condition: exercises that keep one in shape
Origin of shapeMiddle English schap ; from Old English (ge)sceap, form, created thing, akin to scieppan, to create, form ; from Indo-European an unverified form skeb-, variant, variety of base an unverified form (s)kep-, to cut with a sharp tool from source shaft, shave
transitive verbshaped, shaping
- to give definite shape to; make, as by cutting or molding material
- to arrange, fashion, express, or devise (a plan, answer, etc.) in definite form
- to adapt or adjust: to shape one's plans to one's abilities
- to direct or conduct (one's life, the course of events, etc.)
- Obsolete to appoint or decree
- Obsolete to become suited; conform
- Rare to happen
- Informal to take shape or form: often with into or up
out of shapeInformal
- not in good physical condition
- damaged, bent, etc. so as not to have its usual form
shape up☆ Informal
- to develop to a definite form, condition, etc.
- to develop satisfactorily or favorably
- to do what is expected of one; behave as required
- a. The characteristic surface configuration of a thing; an outline or contour: a lake in the shape of an hourglass. See Synonyms at form.b. Spatial form, contour, or appearance: The sandy coastline is always changing shape.
- a. The body or outward appearance of a person or an animal: saw two shapes walking toward her in the night.b. The contour of a person's body; the figure: a swimmer with a slender shape.
- a. A definite or distinctive form: Our discussion acquired the shape of an argument.b. Form, condition, or embodiment: How is your research project taking shape?c. A desirable form: a fabric that holds its shape.
- a. Assumed or false appearance; guise: a god in the shape of a swan.b. A ghostly form; a phantom: Shapes appeared in his bedroom at night.
- Something, such as a mold or pattern, used to give or determine form.
- a. The condition of something with regard to effectiveness, use, or appearance: What kind of shape is your car in?b. Bodily condition, as in regard to muscle tone or endurance: She's in great shape after working out for six months.
transitive verbshaped shaped, shap·ing, shapes
- To create or fashion, as:a. To give a particular form to (a material): shape the dough into baguettes.b. To create or configure, as from a material: a sculpture that was shaped out of ice.
- To cause to conform to a particular form: a pool that is shaped like an hourglass; a bone that is shaped to bear weight.
- a. To plan or devise: shape a new educational program.b. To embody in a definite form: shaped a folk tale into an opera.
- a. To influence in a formative way: experiences that shaped his identity.b. To direct the course of: “He shaped history as well as being shaped by it” (Robert J. Samuelson).
Origin of shapeMiddle English, from Old English gesceap, a creation.
- shap′a·ble, shape′a·ble
- shaped shaped
- The status or condition of something
- The used bookshop wouldn't offer much due to the poor shape of the book.
- 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.
- The appearance of something, especially its outline.
- He cut a square shape out of the cake.
- A figure with unspecified appearance; especially a geometric figure.
- What shape shall we use for the cookies? Stars, circles, or diamonds?
- Form; formation.
- See also shape
From Middle English shap, schape, from Old English Ä¡esceap (â€œshape, form, created being, creature, creation, dispensation, fate, condition, sex, gender, genitaliaâ€), from Proto-Germanic *ga- + *skapÄ… (â€œshape, nature, conditionâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kep- (â€œto split, cutâ€). Cognate with Middle Dutch schap (â€œformâ€), Middle High German geschaf (â€œcreatureâ€), Icelandic skap (â€œstate, condition, temper, moodâ€).
The verb is from Middle English shapen, schapen, from Old English scieppan (â€œto shape, form, make, create, assign, arrange, destine, order, adjudgeâ€), from Proto-Germanic *skapjanÄ… (â€œto createâ€), from the noun. Cognate with Dutch scheppen, German schaffen, Swedish skapa (â€œto create, makeâ€).