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Definition of "shape" []

  • The characteristic surface configuration of a thing; an outline or contour. See Synonyms at form. (noun)
  • Something distinguished from its surroundings by its outline. (noun)
  • The contour of a person's body; the figure. (noun)
  • A definite distinctive form: "The bomb gave the shape of life, outer and inner, an irreversible charge; a sense of fatefulness would now lie on all things” ( Alfred Kazin). (noun)
  • A desirable form: a fabric that holds its shape. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shape" in a sentence
  • "Another development is “shape memory” alloys which recover their shape with a temperature change."
  • "But by the next harvest I had it so constructed, as to be drawn by an iron bar so shaped, appended and supported on the underneath part of the carriage, as to admit of the machine turning in any direction, and the carriage would follow just as the two hind wheels of a wagon do; the carriage had a seat behind, and a thick, deep cushion in front, for the raker to press his knees against while removing the grain from the platform to his right hand, which he was enabled to do with apparent ease with a _rake of peculiar shape_; -- (it cannot be done with a rake of ordinary shape)."
  • "To illustrate the functionality let's take an example of createCommand readonly ArrayList _graphicsList; public CreateCommand (DrawObject shape, ArrayList graphicsList) {_shape = shape; _graphicsList = graphicsList;} void Execute () {_graphicsList."