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Noun: shape  sheyp
  1. Any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)
    "he could barely make out their shapes";
    - form, configuration, contour, conformation
  2. The spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
    "geometry is the mathematical science of shape";
    - form
  3. The physical body of a human being
    "Leonardo studied the shape";
    - human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, bod [informal], chassis [informal], frame, form, flesh
  4. A concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept
    "a circle was the shape of his concept of life";
    - embodiment
  5. The visual appearance of something or someone
    "the delicate shape of his features";
    - form, cast
  6. The state of (good) health (especially in the phrases 'in condition' or 'in shape' or 'out of condition' or 'out of shape')
    - condition
  7. A perceptual structure
    - form, pattern
Verb: shape  sheyp
  1. Give direction to; be an influence on
    "experience often shapes ability";
    - determine, mold [N. Amer], influence, regulate, mould [Brit, Cdn]
  2. Make something, usually for a specific function
    "shape a figure";
    - form, work, mold [N. Amer], mould [Brit, Cdn], forge
  3. Give shape or form to
    "shape the dough";
    - form
  1. The supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe
    - Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe

Derived forms: shaping, shapes, shaped

See also: crooked, straight

Type of: alter, appearance, attribute, body, cause, change, concrete representation, concretism, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, do, engender, good health, healthiness, high command, make, modify, organic structure, spatial property, spatiality, structure, supreme headquarters, visual aspect

Part of: homo, human, human being, individual, man, mortal, NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation [Brit], North Atlantic Treaty Organization, percept, perception, perceptual experience, person, somebody, someone, soul

Encyclopedia: Shape