Shape

Definition of Shape

Pronunciation: shāp
v. t.1.To form or create; especially, to mold or make into a particular form; to give proper form or figure to.
[imp. Shaped (shāpt); p. p. Shaped or Shapen (shāp"'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Shaping.]
I was shapen in iniquity.
- Ps. li. 5.
Grace shaped her limbs, and beauty decked her face.
- Prior.
2.To adapt to a purpose; to regulate; to adjust; to direct; as, to shape the course of a vessel.
To the stream, when neither friends, nor force,
Nor speed nor art avail, he shapes his course.
- Denham.
Charmed by their eyes, their manners I acquire,
And shape my foolishness to their desire.
- Prior.
3.To imagine; to conceive; to call forth (ideas).
Oft my jealousy
Shapes faults that are not.
- Shak.
4.To design; to prepare; to plan; to arrange.
When shapen was all this conspiracy,
From point to point.
- Chaucer.
Shaping machine
(Mach.) Same as Shaper.
To shape one's self
to prepare; to make ready.
I will early shape me therefor.
- Chaucer.
v. i.1.To suit; to be adjusted or conformable.
n.1.Character or construction of a thing as determining its external appearance; outward aspect; make; figure; form; guise; as, the shape of a tree; the shape of the head; an elegant shape.
He beat me grievously, in the shape of a woman.
- Shak.
2.That which has form or figure; a figure; an appearance; a being.
Before the gates three sat,
On either side, a formidable shape.
- Milton.
3.A model; a pattern; a mold.
4.Form of embodiment, as in words; form, as of thought or conception; concrete embodiment or example, as of some quality.
5.Dress for disguise; guise.
Look better on this virgin, and consider
This Persian shape laid by, and she appearing
In a Greekish dress.
- Messinger.
6.(Iron Manuf.) A rolled or hammered piece, as a bar, beam, angle iron, etc., having a cross section different from merchant bar.
To take shape
to assume a definite form.

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