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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 respondents to the survey are all members of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Community, a network of over 450 city-based hubs of young, civically engaged leaders aged between 20 and 30.
figuring out who we were, what we wanted to be and our place in this world, the Global Shapers Community consists of youngsters who already know what they want to achieve.
Extrema's XT-250 Challenger Series shaper features a tilting spindle from -5 to 45 degrees, 8-inch spindle travel and five spindle speeds.
According to Bob Senesac, Director of Marketing for Personna, "As we provide new products, like our new Hair Shaper Blade to Spilo as part of our ongoing partnership, Spilo is driving a new level of awareness about our products.
Place a braided headband, around the base of the bun shaper, securing with clips.
This innovative all-in-one body shaper from Debenhams offers firm control shaping from under the bust right down to your thighs.
Most problems with fit are due to a misaligned shaper spindle.
23 (Petra) -- The World Economic Forum (WEF) on Sunday launched Global Shapers Middle East Community in an effort to tap into potential of the youth generation, especially given recent events in the Arab world.
Tate Liverpool's families curator, Debbie Goldsmith, said: "Sonic Shaper Capers has got something for everyone to enjoy, even if you think you don't like drawing - it's noisy, it's different and it's fun
If you're feeling adventurous, use one colour all over the eye in a light pink or violet and then add in Clinique Kohl Shaper for Eyes in Blackened Taupe (pounds 12) on the inner edge of the eye, all the way along.