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  Definition of Shape
  1. the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
  2. the visual appearance of something or someone; "the delicate cast of his features"
  3. any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke"
  4. 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"
  5. 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"
  6. a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept; "a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life"
  7. the supremem headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe
  8. the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition'' or `in shape'' or `out of condition'' or `out of shape'')
  9. give a shape or form to; "shape the dough"
  10. shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"
  11. make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the riceballs carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"
Similar Words: form, cast, configuration, contour, conformation, human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, bod, chassis, frame, flesh, pattern, embodiment, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, SHAPE, condition, determine, mold, influence, regulate, work, mould, forge


Hyponyms: solid, plane, sheet, natural shape, flare, flair, figure, line, angular shape, angularity, round shape, distorted shape, distortion, amorphous shape, connection, connexion, link, circle, square, triangle, column, tower, pillar, sharpness, keenness, dullness, dulness, bluntness, topography, lobularity, concavity, concaveness, convexity, convexness, narrowing, curvature, curve, roundness, straightness, crookedness, stratification, person, juvenile body, adult body, male body, female body, fractal, gestalt, mosaic, strand, fitness, physical fitness, good shape, good condition, individuate, tie, terrace, fork, tabulate, dimension, roll, draw, strike, crystallize, crystallise, crystalise, crystalize, twist, culminate, granulate, grain, sliver, ridge, plume, round, round out, round off, scallop, scollop, square up, dish, fit, flatten, deform, distort, strain, blow, block, cup, encircle, dispose, incline, indispose, disincline, miscreate, carry weight, decide, reshape, time, index, pace, predetermine, carve, swage, upset, chip, machine, stamp, puddle, beat, preform, mound, hill, roughcast, remold, sinter, cast, mold, mould, throw, handbuild, hand-build, coil, sculpt, sculpture, model


Grouped Verbs: work, work on, process


Attributes: straight, crooked


Part Meronyms: person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, human, soul, homo, man, human being, percept, perception, perceptual experience, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO


Derivational Morphology: form, work, mold, mould, forge, contour, pattern, determine, influence, regulate, embody, formation, shaping, configuration, conformation, cast, maker, shaper, shaping machine, regulation, regulating, embodiment, defining, determinant, determiner, determinative, determining factor, causal factor, stamp, constitution, establishment, organization, organisation


Anagrams: phase, heaps, Pesah


Language Translations:
Chinese: 形狀   Dutch: vorm  
Finnish: muoto   French: forme  
German: Form   Hungarian: alak  
Italian: forma   Japanese:  
Korean: 모양   Polish: kształt  
Portuguese: forma   Russian: форма  
Slovene: oblika   Spanish: forma  
Swedish: form   Telugu: ఆకారం  
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