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Meaning & Definition of Shape in English

English

Shape

/ʃep/

noun

1. Any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

  • "He could barely make out their shapes"
    synonym:
  • shape
  • ,
  • form
  • ,
  • configuration
  • ,
  • contour
  • ,
  • conformation

2. The spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance

  • "Geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
    synonym:
  • shape
  • ,
  • form

3. Alternative names for the body of a human being

  • "Leonardo studied the human body"
  • "He has a strong physique"
  • "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"
    synonym:
  • human body
  • ,
  • physical body
  • ,
  • material body
  • ,
  • soma
  • ,
  • build
  • ,
  • figure
  • ,
  • physique
  • ,
  • anatomy
  • ,
  • shape
  • ,
  • bod
  • ,
  • chassis
  • ,
  • frame
  • ,
  • form
  • ,
  • flesh

4. A concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept

  • "A circle was the embodiment of his concept of life"
    synonym:
  • shape
  • ,
  • embodiment

5. The visual appearance of something or someone

  • "The delicate cast of his features"
    synonym:
  • form
  • ,
  • shape
  • ,
  • cast

6. The state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape')

    synonym:
  • condition
  • ,
  • shape

7. The supreme headquarters that advises nato on military matters and oversees all aspects of the allied command europe

    synonym:
  • Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
  • ,
  • SHAPE

8. A perceptual structure

  • "The composition presents problems for students of musical form"
  • "A visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"
    synonym:
  • form
  • ,
  • shape
  • ,
  • pattern

verb

1. Shape or influence

  • Give direction to
  • "Experience often determines ability"
  • "Mold public opinion"
    synonym:
  • determine
  • ,
  • shape
  • ,
  • mold
  • ,
  • influence
  • ,
  • regulate

2. Make something, usually for a specific function

  • "She molded the rice balls carefully"
  • "Form cylinders from the dough"
  • "Shape a figure"
  • "Work the metal into a sword"
    synonym:
  • shape
  • ,
  • form
  • ,
  • work
  • ,
  • mold
  • ,
  • mould
  • ,
  • forge

3. Give shape or form to

  • "Shape the dough"
  • "Form the young child's character"
    synonym:
  • shape
  • ,
  • form

Examples of using

The shape of the fingernails and their length is such a personal matter that as a result it's difficult to give advice.
Exercise for thirty minutes daily and you'll be in great shape. Practice makes perfect, after all.
I'm afraid I'm a bit out of shape.