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Definition 1: the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance - [noun denoting tops]

Samples where shape or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • geometry is the mathematical science of shape

Synonyms for shape in the sense of this definition

(shape is a kind of ...) an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

(... is a kind of shape ) anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower

"the test tube held a column of white powder" "a tower of dust rose above the horizon" "a thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite"

(... is a kind of shape ) something approximating the shape of a triangle

"the coastline of Chile and Argentina and Brazil forms two legs of a triangle"

(... is a kind of shape ) something approximating the shape of a square

(... is a kind of shape ) something approximating the shape of a circle

"the chairs were arranged in a circle"

(... is a kind of shape ) a connecting shape

(... is a kind of shape ) an ill-defined or arbitrary shape

(... is a kind of shape ) a shape resulting from distortion

(... is a kind of shape ) a shape that is curved and without sharp angles

(... is a kind of shape ) a shape having one or more sharp angles

(... is a kind of shape ) a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point

(... is a kind of shape ) a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape

(... is a kind of shape ) a shape that spreads outward

"the skirt had a wide flare"

(... is a kind of shape ) a shape created by natural forces; not man-made

(... is a kind of shape ) (mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape

"we will refer to the plane of the graph as the X-Y plane" "any line joining two points on a plane lies wholly on that plane"

(... is a kind of shape ) a three-dimensional shape

(... is a kind of shape ) anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness

"a plume of smoke" "grass with large plumes"

Definition 2: any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline) - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where shape or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he could barely make out their shapes

Synonyms for shape in the sense of this definition

(shape is a kind of ...) any property relating to or occupying space

(... is a kind of shape ) thinness of edge or fineness of point

(... is a kind of shape ) a layered configuration

(... is a kind of shape ) having or distinguished by crooks or curves or bends or angles

(... is a kind of shape ) freedom from crooks or curves or bends or angles

(... is a kind of shape ) the property possessed by a line or surface that is curved and not angular

(... is a kind of shape ) the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface

(... is a kind of shape ) an instance of becoming narrow

(... is a kind of shape ) the property possessed by a shape that has angles

(... is a kind of shape ) the property possessed by a convex shape

(... is a kind of shape ) the property possessed by a concave shape

(... is a kind of shape ) the property of having lobules

(... is a kind of shape ) the configuration of a surface and the relations among its man-made and natural features

(... is a kind of shape ) without sharpness or clearness of edge or point

"the dullness of the pencil made his writing illegible"

(... are attributes of shape) having no deviations

"straight lines" "straight roads across the desert" "straight teeth" "straight shoulders"

(... are attributes of shape) having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned

"crooked country roads" "crooked teeth"

Definition 3: the visual appearance of something or someone - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where shape or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the delicate cast of his features

Synonyms for shape in the sense of this definition

(shape is a kind of ...) outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

Definition 4: alternative names for the body of a human being - [noun denoting body]

Samples where shape or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Leonardo studied the human body
  • he has a strong physique
  • the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak

Synonyms for shape in the sense of this definition

(shape is a kind of ...) the entire physical structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)

"he felt as if his whole body were on fire"

(... is a kind of shape ) a human body (usually including the clothing)

"a weapon was hidden on his person"

(... is a kind of shape ) the body of a young person

(... is a kind of shape ) the body of an adult human being

(... is a kind of shape ) the body of a male human being

(... is a kind of shape ) the body of a female human being

(... is part of shape) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

(... is part of shape) any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage

Definition 5: a perceptual structure - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where shape or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the composition presents problems for students of musical form
  • a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them

Synonyms for shape in the sense of this definition

(shape is a kind of ...) the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations

"his lectures have no structure"

(... is a kind of shape ) (mathematics) a geometric pattern that is repeated at every scale and so cannot be represented by classical geometry

(... is a kind of shape ) a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts

(... is a kind of shape ) a pattern of regularly spaced horizontal and vertical lines

(... is a kind of shape ) a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes

(... is a kind of shape ) a pattern resembling a mosaic

(... is a kind of shape ) a pattern forming a unity within a larger structural whole

"he tried to pick up the strands of his former life" "I could hear several melodic strands simultaneously"

(... is part of shape) the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept

Definition 6: a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where shape or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life

Synonyms for shape in the sense of this definition

(shape is a kind of ...) a representation of an abstract idea in concrete terms

Definition 7: the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe - [noun denoting group]

Synonyms for shape in the sense of this definition

(shape is a kind of ...) the highest leaders in an organization (e.g. the commander-in-chief and senior officers of the military)

(... is part of shape) an international organization created in 1949 by the North Atlantic Treaty for purposes of collective security

Definition 8: the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape') - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for shape in the sense of this definition

(shape is a kind of ...) the state of being vigorous and free from bodily or mental disease

(... is a kind of shape ) good physical condition; being in shape or in condition

Definition 9: give shape or form to - [verb of change]

Samples where shape or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • shape the dough
  • form the young child's character

Synonyms for shape in the sense of this definition

(shape is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of shape ) make round

"round the edges"

(... is a kind of shape ) shape or cut in scallops

"scallop the hem of the dress"

(... is a kind of shape ) make square

"Square the circle" "square the wood with a file"

(... is a kind of shape ) make concave; shape like a dish

(... is a kind of shape ) make fit

"fit a dress" "He fitted other pieces of paper to his cut-out"

(... is a kind of shape ) make flat or flatter

"flatten a road" "flatten your stomach with these exercises"

(... is a kind of shape ) alter the shape of (something) by stress

"His body was deformed by leprosy"

(... is a kind of shape ) shape by blowing

"Blow a glass vase"

(... is a kind of shape ) shape into a block or blocks

"block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"

(... is a kind of shape ) shape by using a block

"Block a hat" "block a garment"

(... is a kind of shape ) form into the shape of a cup

"She cupped her hands"

(... is a kind of shape ) form or draw a circle around

"encircle the errors"

(... is a kind of shape ) form a plume

"The chimneys were pluming the sky" "The engine was pluming black smoke"

(... is a kind of shape ) form into a ridge

(... is a kind of shape ) give individual shape or form to

"Language that individuates his memories"

(... is a kind of shape ) form a knot or bow in

"tie a necktie"

(... is a kind of shape ) make into terraces as for cultivation

"The Incas terraced their mountainous land"

(... is a kind of shape ) shape like a fork

"She forked her fingers"

(... is a kind of shape ) shape or cut with a flat surface

(... is a kind of shape ) shape or form to required dimensions

(... is a kind of shape ) shape by rolling

"roll a cigarette"

(... is a kind of shape ) flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching

"draw steel"

(... is a kind of shape ) cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp

"strike an arc"

(... is a kind of shape ) cause to take on a definite and clear shape

"He tried to crystallize his thoughts"

(... is a kind of shape ) form into twists

"Twist the strips of dough"

(... is a kind of shape ) form into slivers

"sliver wood"

(... is a kind of shape ) shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel

"turn the legs of the table" "turn the clay on the wheel"

Definition 10: shape or influence; give direction to - [verb of cognition]

Samples where shape or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • experience often determines ability
  • mold public opinion

Synonyms for shape in the sense of this definition

(shape is a kind of ...) give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

"cause a commotion" "make a stir" "cause an accident"

(... is a kind of shape ) determine beforehand

(... is a kind of shape ) regulate or set the pace of

"Pace your efforts"

(... is a kind of shape ) adjust through indexation

"The government indexes wages and prices"

(... is a kind of shape ) set the speed, duration, or execution of

"we time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely"

(... is a kind of shape ) shape anew or differently

"The new foreign minister reshaped the foreign policy of his country"

(... is a kind of shape ) influence or determine

"The vote in New Hampshire often decides the outcome of the Presidential election"

(... is a kind of shape ) have influence to a specified degree

"Her opinion carries a lot of weight"

(... is a kind of shape ) shape or form or make badly

"Our miscreated fantasies"

(... is a kind of shape ) make unwilling

(... is a kind of shape ) make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief

"Their language inclines us to believe them"

Definition 11: make something, usually for a specific function - [verb of creation]

Samples where shape or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She molded the rice balls carefully
  • Form cylinders from the dough
  • shape a figure
  • Work the metal into a sword

Synonyms for shape in the sense of this definition

(shape is a kind of ...) make from scratch

(... is a kind of shape ) form by carving

"Carve a flower from the ice"

(... is a kind of shape ) form into a rounded elevation

"mound earth"

(... is a kind of shape ) form into a hill

(... is a kind of shape ) shape roughly

(... is a kind of shape ) shape again or shape differently

(... is a kind of shape ) cause (ores or powdery metals) to become a coherent mass by heating without melting

(... is a kind of shape ) form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold

"cast a bronze sculpture"

(... is a kind of shape ) make on a potter's wheel

"she threw a beautiful teapot"

(... is a kind of shape ) make without a potter's wheel

"This famous potter hand-builds all of her vessels"

(... is a kind of shape ) create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material

"sculpt a swan out of a block of ice"

(... is a kind of shape ) form into a shape resembling the final, desired one

(... is a kind of shape ) form or shape beforehand or determine the shape of beforehand

(... is a kind of shape ) form metals with a swage

(... is a kind of shape ) form by chipping

"They chipped their names in the stone"

(... is a kind of shape ) make or form a layer

"layer the different colored sands"

(... is a kind of shape ) form and create by cutting out

"Picasso cut out a guitar from a piece of paper"

(... is a kind of shape ) turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery

(... is a kind of shape ) shape or form by grinding

"grind lenses for glasses and cameras"

(... is a kind of shape ) form or cut out with a mold, form, or die

"stamp needles"

(... is a kind of shape ) subject to puddling or form by puddling

"puddle iron"

(... is a kind of shape ) shape by beating

"beat swords into ploughshares"

(... is a kind of shape ) form in clay, wax, etc

"model a head with clay"

(shape has a similar meaning as ...) shape, form, or improve a material

"work stone into tools" "process iron" "work the metal"

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