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n., v. shaped, shap•ing. n.
- (Breasts) flat as paper —William Trevor
- As two-dimensional as a household weather vane —Saul Bellow
- Flat and pale as an empty sheet of nonerasable bond —Lyn Lifshin
See Also: PALLOR
- (The back of his head) flat as a book —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- (Suit lapels as) flat as a cardboard —Derek Lambert
- Flat as a carpet —Anon
To be more specific, there’s “Flat as Oriental rugs.”
- Flat as a fashion model’s breasts —Anon
- Flat as a flounder —Anon
In his novel, Death of the Fox, George Garrett found a new application for this commonly used simile: “I am panting and my body twitches and heaves. Like a man with a woman, flat as a flounder, beneath him.”
- [A cleft in a rock] flat as a fresco —John Farris
- Flat as an empty wallet —Anon
- Flat as a pancake —American colloquialism, attributed to New England
The comparison which has been with us since the fifteenth century applies most often to very flat persons and objects.
- (A blue sea as) flat as a table top —Jean Stafford
- Flat as a tracer bullet —Frank Conroy
- Flat as a waiter’s feet —Arthur Baer
- Flat as melted iron —Joyce Cary
- Flat as paper dolls —Elyse Sommer
- Flat as the palm of one’s hand —American colloquialism, attributed to New England
A shorter version, “Flat as my hand,” was used by Robert Louis Stevenson in Will O’ the Will.
- (I lie on my single bed,) flat, like a piece of toast —Margaret Atwood
- (Her talk is) formless as a dream —Henry Miller
- [A field of July corn] level as a mat —H. E. Bates
- Long and slender like a cat’s elbow —H. G. Bohn’s Handbook of Proverbs
- Pressed myself flat as a tick against the wood of the wall —Davis Grubb
- (Pebbles … ) round and white as pearls —John Cheever
- Round as a ball —Alexander Hamilton
- Round as a melon —Anon
- Round as a pillow —William Wordsworth
- (The Jewish women were as … ) round as the earth —Thomas Wolfe
- Round as the world —Dame Edith Sitwell
- (Eyes as) shapeless as a kneecap —Charles Johnson
- Shapeless as fear —Beryl Markham
- (The neighbors lounged on each other’s steps, big and) shapeless as worn cushions —Helen Hudson
- Shapeless like a slug —Heinrich Böll
- (Born) a shapeless lump, like anarchy —William Drummond
- They [passing lovers] are flat as shadows —Sylvia Plath
Past participle: shaped
|Noun||1.||shape - any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes"|
bluntness, dullness - without sharpness or clearness of edge or point; "the dullness of the pencil made his writing illegible"
topography - the configuration of a surface and the relations among its man-made and natural features
lobularity - the property of having lobules
angularity - the property possessed by a shape that has angles
narrowing - an instance of becoming narrow
roundness - the property possessed by a line or surface that is curved and not angular
straightness - freedom from crooks or curves or bends or angles
crookedness - having or distinguished by crooks or curves or bends or angles
stratification - a layered configuration
|2.||shape - the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"|
attribute - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
solid - a three-dimensional shape
plane, sheet - (mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape; "we will refer to the plane of the graph as the X-Y plane"; "any line joining two points on a plane lies wholly on that plane"
natural shape - a shape created by natural forces; not man-made
figure - a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape
line - a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point
round shape - a shape that is curved and without sharp angles
amorphous shape - an ill-defined or arbitrary shape
circle - something approximating the shape of a circle; "the chairs were arranged in a circle"
square - something approximating the shape of a square
triangle - something approximating the shape of a triangle; "the coastline of Chile and Argentina and Brazil forms two legs of a triangle"
pillar, tower, column - anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower; "the test tube held a column of white powder"; "a tower of dust rose above the horizon"; "a thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite"
plume - anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness; "a plume of smoke"; "grass with large plumes"
|3.||shape - 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"|
chassis, bod, human body, material body, physical body, physique, build, anatomy, figure, flesh, frame, soma, form
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
human, human being, man - any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
body, organic structure, physical structure - the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being); "he felt as if his whole body were on fire"
person - a human body (usually including the clothing); "a weapon was hidden on his person"
juvenile body - the body of a young person
adult body - the body of an adult human being
male body - the body of a male human being
female body - the body of a female human being
|4.||shape - a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept; "a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life"|
|5.||shape - the visual appearance of something or someone; "the delicate cast of his features"|
|6.||shape - the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape')|
|7.||SHAPE - the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe|
NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization - an international organization created in 1949 by the North Atlantic Treaty for purposes of collective security
|8.||shape - 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"|
structure - the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations; "his lectures have no structure"
percept, perception, perceptual experience - the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept
fractal - (mathematics) a geometric pattern that is repeated at every scale and so cannot be represented by classical geometry
gestalt - a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts
grid - a pattern of regularly spaced horizontal and vertical lines
kaleidoscope - a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes
mosaic - a pattern resembling a mosaic
strand - a pattern forming a unity within a larger structural whole; "he tried to pick up the strands of his former life"; "I could hear several melodic strands simultaneously"
|Verb||1.||shape - shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"|
dispose, incline - make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief; "Their language inclines us to believe them"
miscreate - shape or form or make badly; "Our miscreated fantasies"
carry weight - have influence to a specified degree; "Her opinion carries a lot of weight"
decide - influence or determine; "The vote in New Hampshire often decides the outcome of the Presidential election"
reshape - shape anew or differently; "The new foreign minister reshaped the foreign policy of his country"
time - set the speed, duration, or execution of; "we time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely"
index - adjust through indexation; "The government indexes wages and prices"
pace - regulate or set the pace of; "Pace your efforts"
predetermine - determine beforehand
|2.||shape - make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the rice balls carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"|
carve - form by carving; "Carve a flower from the ice"
chip - form by chipping; "They chipped their names in the stone"
layer - make or form a layer; "layer the different colored sands"
cut out - form and create by cutting out; "Picasso cut out a guitar from a piece of paper"
machine - turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery
grind - shape or form by grinding; "grind lenses for glasses and cameras"
stamp - form or cut out with a mold, form, or die; "stamp needles"
puddle - subject to puddling or form by puddling; "puddle iron"
beat - shape by beating; "beat swords into ploughshares"
preform - form or shape beforehand or determine the shape of beforehand
preform - form into a shape resembling the final, desired one
mound - form into a rounded elevation; "mound earth"
hill - form into a hill
roughcast - shape roughly
sinter - cause (ores or powdery metals) to become a coherent mass by heating without melting
mould, mold, cast - form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold; "cast a bronze sculpture"
throw - make on a potter's wheel; "she threw a beautiful teapot"
handbuild, hand-build, coil - make without a potter's wheel; "This famous potter hand-builds all of her vessels"
work on, work, process - shape, form, or improve a material; "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal"
sculpt, sculpture - create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material; "sculpt a swan out of a block of ice"
|3.||shape - give shape or form to; "shape the dough"; "form the young child's character"|
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
individuate - give individual shape or form to; "Language that individuates his memories"
tie - form a knot or bow in; "tie a necktie"
terrace - make into terraces as for cultivation; "The Incas terraced their mountainous land"
fork - shape like a fork; "She forked her fingers"
tabulate - shape or cut with a flat surface
dimension - shape or form to required dimensions
roll - shape by rolling; "roll a cigarette"
draw - flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching; "draw steel"
strike - cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp; "strike an arc"
crystallize, crystallise, crystalise, crystalize - cause to take on a definite and clear shape; "He tried to crystallize his thoughts"
twist - form into twists; "Twist the strips of dough"
sliver - form into slivers; "sliver wood"
ridge - form into a ridge
plume - form a plume; "The chimneys were pluming the sky"; "The engine was pluming black smoke"
dish - make concave; shape like a dish
fit - make fit; "fit a dress"; "He fitted other pieces of paper to his cut-out"
flatten - make flat or flatter; "flatten a road"; "flatten your stomach with these exercises"
deform, distort, strain - alter the shape of (something) by stress; "His body was deformed by leprosy"
blow - shape by blowing; "Blow a glass vase"
block - shape into a block or blocks; "block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"
block - shape by using a block; "Block a hat"; "block a garment"
cup - form into the shape of a cup; "She cupped her hands"
turn - shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel; "turn the legs of the table"; "turn the clay on the wheel"
what shape is it? → ¿de qué forma es?
all shapes and sizes → todas las formas
universities come in all shapes and sizes (fig) → hay universidades de todo tipo
it is rectangular in shape → es de forma rectangular
in the shape of (fig) → en forma de ...
to bend or twist sth into shape → dar forma a algo doblándolo
to hammer sth into shape → dar forma a algo a martillazos
to lose its shape [sweater etc] → perder la forma
to bend or twist sth out of shape → deformar algo doblándolo
to take shape → cobrar forma
to take the shape of sth → cobrar or tomar la forma de algo
a shape loomed up out of the fog/darkness → una forma or un bulto surgió de la niebla/la oscuridad
the great grey shape of a tank rolled out of the village → la imponente figura gris de un tanque salió del pueblo
the future shape of industry → la futura estructura or configuración de la industria
I can't bear gardening in any shape or form → no aguanto la jardinería bajo ningún concepto
the shape of things to come → lo que nos depara el mañana
to take shape → tomar forma
use star shapes to cut out the biscuits → utilice moldes en forma de estrella para cortar las galletas
to be in bad shape [person] → estar en mala forma (física); [object] → estar en mal estado
to be in good shape [person] → estar en buena forma (física); [object] → estar en buen estado
to be in shape [person] → estar en buena forma
to get o.s. into shape → ponerse en forma
to keep in shape → mantenerse en forma
to knock or lick sth/sb into shape (fig) → poner algo/a algn a punto
to be out of shape [person] → estar en mala forma
to whip sth/sb into shape = to knock or lick sth/sb into shape
the forces that have shaped the 20th century → los elementos que han conformado or configurado el siglo XX
democracy is shaping the future of Western Europe → la democracia está determinando el futuro de Europa Occidental
how are the new staff shaping up? → ¿cómo va or marcha el personal nuevo?
to shape up well → ir bien, marchar bien
it's shaping up as one of the most intensive sales campaigns ever → se perfila or se está desarrollando como una de las campañas de ventas más agresiva de la historia
it's shaping up to be a terrible winter (esp US) → promete ser un invierno muy crudo, ya se perfila como un invierno muy crudo
you'd better shape up or you won't have a job! → ¡más vale que te espabiles o no tendrás trabajo!
shape up or ship out! > > (esp US) → ¡o te pones las pilas o te largas!
What shape is the room? → De quelle forme est la pièce?
a square shape → un carré
in the shape of a heart → en forme de cœur
conical in shape → conique
out of shape (= misshapen) → déformé(e)
they come in all shapes and sizes → il y en a de toutes sortes
We can change the shape of people's lives
BUT Nous pouvons changer la façon dont les gens vivent.
to take shape [plan, idea] → prendre forme, prendre tournure
it's the shape of things to come → voici à quoi ressemblera l'avenir
in any shape or form → sous quelque forme que ce soit
I can't bear gardening in any shape or form → Je déteste le jardinage sous quelque forme que ce soit.
to be in shape → être en forme
to be in good shape [person] → être en forme; [thing] → être en bon état
to be in bad shape, to be in poor shape [person] → ne pas être en forme; [thing] → être en mauvais état
to be out of shape (= unfit) → ne pas être en forme
to get into shape → se mettre en condition
Things are shaping up nicely → Les choses commencent à prendre tournure.
The new recruits are shaping up quite well → Les nouvelles recrues font de bons progrès.
SHAPE[ʃeɪp] n abbr =Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe → quartier m generale delle forze NATO in Europa
what shape is it? → di che forma è?, che forma ha?
in the shape of a heart → a forma di cuore
it is rectangular in shape → è di forma rettangolare
his ears are a funny shape → le sue orecchie hanno una forma buffa
in all shapes and sizes → d'ogni forma e dimensione, di tutti i tipi
I can't bear gardening in any shape or form → detesto il giardinaggio di qualunque specie
to take shape → prendere forma
to take the shape of → prendere la forma di
the news reached him in the shape of a telegram → ha ricevuto la notizia sotto forma di telegramma
the shape of things to come → il volto del futuro
to lose its shape (sweater) → sformarsi
to be in good/poor shape (person) → essere in (ottima) forma/giù di forma (object) → essere in buone/cattive condizioni
to knock or hammer sth into shape → dar forma a qc a colpi di martello
to knock or lick into shape (fig) (business) → rimettere in sesto (plan, team) → mettere a punto (athlete) → rimettere in forma
to get o.s. into shape → rimettersi in forma
a shape loomed up out of the fog → una forma indistinta emerse dalla nebbia