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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.shaping - any process serving to define the shape of somethingshaping - any process serving to define the shape of something
physical process, process - a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states; "events now in process"; "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls"
2.shaping - the act of fabricating something in a particular shape
manufacturing, manufacture, fabrication - the act of making something (a product) from raw materials; "the synthesis and fabrication of single crystals"; "an improvement in the manufacture of explosives"; "manufacturing is vital to Great Britain"
filing - the act of using a file (as in shaping or smoothing an object)
forging - shaping metal by heating and hammering
metalworking, metalwork - the activity of making things out of metal in a skillful manner
granulation - the act of forming something into granules or grains; "the granulation of medicines"
grooving, rifling - the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of the barrel of a firearm
turning - the activity of shaping something on a lathe
Adj.1.shaping - forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning; "a formative influence"; "a formative experience"
constructive - constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development; "constructive criticism"; "a constructive attitude"; "a constructive philosophy"; "constructive permission"


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Patent 9,216,523 (December 22, 2015), "Process for Shaping or Forming Articles," Gregory M.
shape up 1 : to develop in a particular way <This is shaping up to be an exciting trip.
If you are eligible for or supervise someone subject to force shaping, you really need to know about these programs.
While CFD can be likened to a "virtual wind tunnel", Sculptor is analogous to the "clay" used for shaping the desired component being tested in the tunnel.
Still, man is only present through this shaping of the earth, this symbolic marking of space; and the landscapes photographed find themselves discreetly inhabited as a result, while the various traces become vehicles of meaning.
Designers and operators of rubber extrusion dies have the challenging job of getting a material that naturally flows rapidly through thick sections and away from thin edges to exit a shaping tool with an overall local velocity profile that allows low and uniform drawdown.
The most important is the shaping of internal passages, which can be of almost any arbitrary shape and with non-uniform cross sections.
Remove dough 2 hours before shaping and let stand, covered, in a warm place.
BOSTON -- NAASO, The Obesity Society at its 2006 Annual Scientific Meeting announced that it has established a working partnership with Shaping America's Health to continue to bring more resources to the challenge of reversing the trends in obesity and weight management.
The first Force Shaping Board is scheduled to convene at the Air Force Personnel Center April 3, 2006.
Several of the men show great dexterity in shaping stones into implements, a process known as stone or flint knapping.
provides a pressure relief point for the compound prior to the final shaping die.