of a definite form, shape, or character (often used in combination):
a U -shaped driveway.
designed to fit a particular form, body, or contour:
a shaped garment.
Furniture. having other than a plane surface.
the quality of a distinct object or body in having an external surface or outline of specific form or figure.
this quality as found in some individual object or body form:
This lake has a peculiar shape.
something seen in outline, as in silhouette:
A vague shape appeared through the mist.
an imaginary form; phantom.
an assumed appearance; guise:
an angel in the shape of a woman.
a particular or definite organized form or expression:
He could give no shape to his ideas.
proper form; orderly arrangement.
condition or state of repair:
The old house was in bad shape. He was sick last year, but is in good shape now.
the collective conditions forming a way of life or mode of existence:
What will the shape of the future be?
the figure, physique, or body of a person, especially of a woman:
A dancer can keep her shape longer than those of us who have sedentary jobs.
something used to give form, as a mold or a pattern.
Also called section. Building Trades, Metalworking. a flanged metal beam or bar of uniform section, as a channel iron, I-beam, etc.
Nautical. a ball, cone, drum, etc., used as a day signal, singly or in combinations, to designate a vessel at anchor or engaged in some particular operation.
verb (used with object), shaped, shaping.
to give definite form, shape, organization, or character to; fashion or form.
to couch or express in words:
to shape a statement.
to adjust; adapt:
He shaped everything to suit his taste.
to direct (one’s course, future, etc.).
to file the teeth of (a saw) to uniform width after jointing.
Animal Behavior, Psychology. to teach (a desired behavior) to a human or other animal by successively rewarding the actions that more and more closely approximate that behavior.
Obsolete. to appoint; decree.
verb (used without object), shaped, shaping.
to come to a desired conclusion or take place in a specified way:
If discussions shape properly, the companies will merge.
to assume a specific form:
The plan is beginning to shape up.
to evolve or develop, especially favorably.
to improve one’s behavior or performance to meet a required standard.
to get oneself into good physical condition.
(of longshoremen) to get into a line or formation in order to be assigned the day’s work.
take shape, to assume a fixed form; become definite:
The house is beginning to take shape.
the outward form of an object defined by outline
the figure or outline of the body of a person
organized or definite form: my plans are taking shape
the form that anything assumes; guise
something used to provide or define form; pattern; mould
condition or state of efficiency: to be in good shape
out of shape
in bad physical condition
bent, twisted, or deformed
take shape, to assume a definite form
when intr, often foll by into or up. to receive or cause to receive shape or form
(transitive) to mould into a particular pattern or form; modify
(transitive) to plan, devise, or prepare: to shape a plan of action
an obsolete word for appoint
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe
noun, Military. 1. a warhead having a concave, hollow end and operating on the Munroe effect.
- Shaped verse
noun See concrete poem
adjective 1. having no definite or regular shape or form: a shapeless mass of clay. 2. lacking beauty or elegance of form. adjective 1. having no definite shape or form: a shapeless mass, a shapeless argument 2. lacking a symmetrical or aesthetically pleasing shape: a shapeless figure
adjective, shapelier, shapeliest. 1. having a pleasing shape, especially with reference to a woman’s figure. adjective -lier, -liest 1. (esp of a woman’s body or legs) pleasing or attractive in shape