- 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.
shape definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
- 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
- shaper noun
shape definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The characteristic surface configuration of a thing; an outline or contour. See Synonyms at form.b. Something distinguished from its surroundings by its outline.
- The contour of a person's body; the figure.
- a. A definite distinctive form: “The bomb gave the shape of life, outer and inner, an irreversible charge; a sense of fatefulness would now lie on all things” (Alfred Kazin).b. A desirable form: a fabric that holds its shape.
- A form or condition in which something may exist or appear; embodiment: a god in the shape of a swan.
- Assumed or false appearance; guise.
- A ghostly form; a phantom.
- Something, such as a mold or pattern, used to give or determine form.
- The proper condition of something necessary for action, effectiveness, or use: an athlete in excellent shape.
- To give a particular form to; create.
- To cause to conform to a particular form or pattern; adapt to fit.
- a. To plan to bring about the realization or accomplishment of; devise.b. To embody in a definite form: shaped a folk legend into a full-scale opera.
- a. To adapt to a particular use or purpose; adjust.b. To direct the course of: “He shaped history as well as being shaped by it” (Robert J. Samuelson).
- To come to pass; happen.
- To take on a definite shape or form. Often used with up or into.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English gesceap, a creation.
- shapˈa·ble, shapeˈa·ble adjective
- shaped shaped adjective
- shapˈer noun
shape - Phrases/Idioms
out of shapeInformal
- not in good physical condition
- damaged, bent, etc. so as not to have its usual form
shape upâ Informal
- to develop to a definite form, condition, etc.
- to develop satisfactorily or favorably
- to do what is expected of one; behave as required