- One who shapes.
- A machine tool in which a single-point cutting tool mounted on a reciprocating ram is traversed across the workpiece linearly. Shapers can generate various shapes, but were most especially employed in generating flat surfaces and keyways. The shaper is nowadays obsolescent, most of its applications being served by milling machines.
- (surfing) A person who designs and builds surfboards.
to shape + -er
Variant of shape
- 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
to begin to have definite form, condition, etc.