[ noun ] any spatial attribute (especially as defined by outline)
"he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke"
Used in print(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)
Styles run the gamut from slender and tapered with elongated toes to a newer squared toe shape .(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)
Man 's life , originally shaped for immortality and for communion with God , must now be conformed_to the shape of death .(Richard I. McCosh, "Recreation Site Selection"...)
Notice should be taken_of unusual rock formations , deposits , or shapes of the earth 's crust in your region .
Shape of the area is also related_to the use attractions and needs of the development .
A large picnic_area or camping development is most efficient in shape as a square or rectangle several hundred feet in_width in_preference_to a long narrow area less_than one_hundred feet wide .
[ verb ] shape or influence; give direction to
"experience often determines ability" "mold public opinion"
Used in print(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)
When Stravinsky shaped his purpose to the shifting scenes of many cultures , many salons , many dialectics , many personalities , he tried to refashion himself into a stylist of many styles , determined by many disparate cultures .(Gibson Winter, The Suburban Captivity of the...)
If economic integration really shapes congregational life , then evangelism should be a process of extending economic integration .
[ noun ] the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
"geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
Used in print(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)
Ripe_Geometric potters continued to employ the old syntax of ornaments and shapes and made use of the well-defined though limited range of motifs which they had inherited .(William Maxwell, The Chateau....)
One of the drawing-room shutters was partly open and he made_out the shapes of chairs and sofas , which seemed to be upholstered in brown or russet velvet .(Hampton Stone, The Man Who Looked Death...)
Here_and_there on work_table or pedestal stood a shape with a sheet or a tarpaulin draped over it .
These shapes might have been mad , but there was no telling .
[ verb ] 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"
Used in print(The New York Times,...)
Shaw and Skorich headed a group of players , coaches and team officials who received an engrossed copy of an official city citation and a pair of silver cufflinks shaped like a football .(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)
Man 's life , originally shaped for immortality and for communion with God , must now be conformed_to the shape of death .(Mr. America, 4:6...)
So with four complete Push-Pull_Super-Sets No. 1 , four of No. 2 , four of No. 3 and four to six sets of the Incline_Bench_Press , you can see that Henri_de_Courcy has had a terrific mass building , muscle shaping , torso defining workout that cannot be improved upon .(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)
It is roughly shaped like a large pear , and when properly ripened , its dark green skin covers a meaty , melon like pulp that has about the consistency of a ripe Bartlett_pear , but oily .
[ verb ] cause to shape or form
"shape a bun" "shape a ball from the dough"
Used in print(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)
When Prokofieff forged his new clarity of `` lucid , straightforward music , so difficult to compose '' , he shaped his talents to his purpose .(The Department of State: A Fresh Look at the...)
For he knows that the first and sometimes most difficult job is to know what the question is - that when it is accurately identified it sometimes answers itself , and that the way in which it is posed frequently shapes the answer .
[ noun ] 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"
Used in print(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)
Bevo was congratulated for his efforts to stay in shape so_that he could help the team if his knee healed in_time .(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)
The shapes of the men ahead of him lacked solidity , as if the whip had stripped them of their very flesh .
Even at this short distance they were only vague shapes , setting_up the machine_gun on a small knoll so that it could fire above the heads of the rest of the patrol .
[ noun ] the visual appearance of something or someone
"the delicate cast of his features"
Used in print(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)
The warped , broken trees in the valley assumed wraith-like shapes .(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)
Many Shapes in Bathtubs .
[ noun ] a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept
"a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life"
Used in print(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)
Not a circle , then , nor a straight_line , but a spiral represents the shape of death as Irenaeus sees it ; for a spiral has motion as_well_as recurrence .