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a. The characteristic surface configuration of a thing; an outline or contour: a lake in the shape of an hourglass. See Synonyms at form.
b. Spatial form, contour, or appearance: The sandy coastline is always changing shape.
a. The body or outward appearance of a person or an animal: saw two shapes walking toward her in the night.
b. The contour of a person's body; the figure: a swimmer with a slender shape.
a. A definite or distinctive form: Our discussion acquired the shape of an argument.
b. Form, condition, or embodiment: How is your research project taking shape?
c. A desirable form: a fabric that holds its shape.
a. Assumed or false appearance; guise: a god in the shape of a swan.
b. A ghostly form; a phantom: Shapes appeared in his bedroom at night.
5. Something, such as a mold or pattern, used to give or determine form.
a. The condition of something with regard to effectiveness, use, or appearance: What kind of shape is your car in?
b. Bodily condition, as in regard to muscle tone or endurance: She's in great shape after working out for six months.
tr.v. shaped, shap·ing, shapes
1. To create or fashion, as:
a. To give a particular form to (a material): shape the dough into baguettes.
b. To create or configure, as from a material: a sculpture that was shaped out of ice.
2. To cause to conform to a particular form: a pool that is shaped like an hourglass; a bone that is shaped to bear weight.
a. To plan or devise: shape a new educational program.
b. To embody in a definite form: shaped a folk tale into an opera.
a. To influence in a formative way: experiences that shaped his identity.
b. To direct the course of: "He shaped history as well as being shaped by it" (Robert J. Samuelson).
Phrasal Verbs:
shape into
To develop into a particular form or condition: This is shaping into one of the biggest scandals of the century.
shape up
1. To turn out; develop: This ski season is shaping up to be the best in years.
2. To improve one's performance or behavior so as to meet a standard: Either shape up or ship out.

[Middle English, from Old English gesceap, a creation.]

shap′a·ble, shape′a·ble adj.
shaped adj.
shap′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shaper - a person who makes thingsshaper - a person who makes things    
creator - a person who grows or makes or invents things
basketmaker, basketweaver - someone skilled in weaving baskets
belt maker - a maker of belts
bookmaker - a maker of books; someone who edits or publishes or binds books
beer maker, brewer - someone who brews beer or ale from malt and hops and water
chandler - a maker (and seller) of candles and soap and oils and paints
cobbler, shoemaker - a person who makes or repairs shoes
candymaker, confectioner - someone who makes candies and other sweets
author, generator, source - someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he was the generator of several complaints"
glassmaker - someone who makes glass
hatmaker, hatter, milliner, modiste - someone who makes and sells hats
ironworker - a person who makes articles of iron
jeweler, jeweller, jewelry maker - someone who makes jewelry
maltman, maltster - a maker of malt
producer, manufacturer - someone who manufactures something
needleworker - someone who does work (as sewing or embroidery) with a needle
patternmaker - someone who makes patterns (as for sewing or carpentry or metalworking)
perfumer - a person who makes (and sells) perfumes
piano maker - a person who makes pianos
saddler - a maker and repairer and seller of equipment for horses
sailmaker - a maker of sails
shirtmaker - a maker of shirts
spinner, thread maker, spinster - someone who spins (who twists fibers into threads)
steelmaker, steelman, steelworker - a worker engaged in making steel
tentmaker - someone who makes or repairs tents
toolmaker - someone skilled in making or repairing tools
wine maker, winemaker, vintner - someone who makes wine
violin maker - someone who makes violins
horologer, horologist, watchmaker - someone who makes or repairs watches
wigmaker - someone who makes and sells wigs
2.shaper - a machine tool for shaping metal or woodshaper - a machine tool for shaping metal or wood
lathe - machine tool for shaping metal or wood; the workpiece turns about a horizontal axis against a fixed tool
machine tool - a powered machine for cutting or shaping or finishing metals or other materials
milling machine, miller - machine tool in which metal that is secured to a carriage is fed against rotating cutters that shape it
References in classic literature ?
A recalcitrant metal shaper insisted on peeking from under his lapels, and his ready-made tie with its two grey satin-covered cardboard wings pushed out of sight, see-sawed, necessitating frequent adjustments.
Yet before I proceed to my legitimate subject some few final remarks will no doubt be expected by my Readers upon those pillars and mainstays of the Constitution of Flatland, the controllers of our conduct and shapers of our destiny, the objects of universal homage and almost of adoration: need I say that I mean our Circles or Priests?
"The Calorie Shaper Pant technology focuses on the hipline which is the area used by people when walking and climbing stairs.
The shaper head is fitted with a heavy-duty 7-1/2-hp motor, with speeds from 6,000 to 8,000 rpm.
[ClickPress, Wed Aug 21 2019] This report provides forecast and analysis of the global body shaper market .
To achieve client business objective, PPC Shaper is an advertising agency that provides affordable PPC services across the world.
This year more than 30 Global Shaper hubs worldwide are participating in Shaping Fashion, an initiative that organizes activities and projects during Fashion Revolution Week to raise awareness of the sustainability challenges of the fashion industry and empower local communities to pursue sustainable fashion solutions.
Amin Haider said that Global Shaper Community (GSC) was a part of Geneva base World Economic Forum.
Culture Shapers can discover their inner creativity as 2019 kicks off with Singapore Art Week (SAW).
This approach allows for the identification of similarities in dominant strategies pursued by governments of the shaper nations, despite their differences in political regimes and economic development.
ISLAMABAD -- It is a proud moment for Islamabad and Pakistan as Saad Hamid from the Global Shapers Islamabad Hub will be joining the Pakistani delegation, led by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, to attend the World Economic Forum annual meeting 2018 in Davos, Switzerland.