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SHAPE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does SHAPE mean? 

SHAPE (noun)
  The noun SHAPE has 8 senses:

1. any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)
2. the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
3. alternative names for the body of a human being
4. a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept
5. the visual appearance of something or someone
6. the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases 'in condition' or 'in shape' or 'out of condition' or 'out of shape')
7. the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe
8. a perceptual structure

  Familiarity information: SHAPE used as a noun is common.


SHAPE (verb)
  The verb SHAPE has 3 senses:

1. shape or influence; give direction to
2. make something, usually for a specific function
3. give shape or form to

  Familiarity information: SHAPE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SHAPE (noun)


Sense 1shape [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

shape; contour; conformation; configuration; form

Context example:

he could barely make out their shapes

Hypernyms ("shape" is a kind of...):

spatial property; spatiality (any property relating to or occupying space)

Attribute:

straight (having no deviations)

crooked (having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shape"):

stratification (a layered configuration)

crookedness (having or distinguished by crooks or curves or bends or angles)

straightness (freedom from crooks or curves or bends or angles)

roundness (the property possessed by a line or surface that is curved and not angular)

curvature; curve (the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface)

narrowing (an instance of becoming narrow)

angularity (the property possessed by a shape that has angles)

convexity; convexness (the property possessed by a convex shape)

keenness; sharpness (thinness of edge or fineness of point)

bluntness; dullness (without sharpness or clearness of edge or point)

topography (the configuration of a surface and the relations among its man-made and natural features)

lobularity (the property of having lobules)

concaveness; concavity (the property possessed by a concave shape)


Sense 2shape [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance

Classified under:

Nouns with no superordinates

Synonyms:

shape; form

Context example:

geometry is the mathematical science of shape

Hypernyms ("shape" is a kind of...):

attribute (an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shape"):

solid (a three-dimensional shape)

column; pillar; tower (anything tall and relatively thin that approximates the shape of a column or tower)

triangle (something approximating the shape of a triangle)

square (something approximating the shape of a square)

circle (something approximating the shape of a circle)

connection; connexion; link (a connecting shape)

amorphous shape (an ill-defined or arbitrary shape)

distorted shape; distortion (a shape resulting from distortion)

round shape (a shape that is curved and without sharp angles)

plane; sheet ((mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape)

natural shape (a shape created by natural forces; not man-made)

flair; flare (a shape that spreads outward)

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)

angular shape; angularity (a shape having one or more sharp angles)


Sense 3shape [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Alternative names for the body of a human being

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

physical body; material body; human body; chassis; bod; figure; flesh; build; anatomy; physique; soma; shape; frame; form

Context examples:

Leonardo studied the human body / he has a strong physique / the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak

Hypernyms ("shape" is a kind of...):

body; organic structure; physical structure (the entire structure of an organism (especially an animal or human being))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shape"):

female body (the body of a female human being)

male body (the body of a male human being)

person (a human body (usually including the clothing))

juvenile body (the body of a young person)

adult body (the body of an adult human being)

Holonyms ("shape" is a part of...):

homo; human; human being; man (any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage)

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)


Sense 4shape [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

embodiment; shape

Context example:

a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life

Hypernyms ("shape" is a kind of...):

concrete representation; concretism (a representation of an abstract idea in concrete terms)


Sense 5shape [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The visual appearance of something or someone

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

cast; shape; form

Context example:

the delicate cast of his features

Hypernyms ("shape" is a kind of...):

appearance; visual aspect (outward or visible aspect of a person or thing)


Sense 6shape [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of (good) health (especially in the phrases 'in condition' or 'in shape' or 'out of condition' or 'out of shape')

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

condition; shape

Hypernyms ("shape" is a kind of...):

good health; healthiness (the state of being vigorous and free from bodily or mental disease)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shape"):

fitness; good condition; good shape; physical fitness (good physical condition; being in shape or in condition)


Sense 7SHAPE [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe; SHAPE

Hypernyms ("SHAPE" is a kind of...):

high command; supreme headquarters (the highest leaders in an organization (e.g. the commander-in-chief and senior officers of the military))

Holonyms ("SHAPE" is a part of...):

NATO; North Atlantic Treaty Organization (an international organization created in 1949 by the North Atlantic Treaty for purposes of collective security)


Sense 8shape [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A perceptual structure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

pattern; form; shape

Context examples:

the composition presents problems for students of musical form / a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them

Hypernyms ("shape" is a kind of...):

structure (the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shape"):

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)

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)

Holonyms ("shape" is a part of...):

percept; perception; perceptual experience (the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept)


SHAPE (verb)


Sense 1shape [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shape or influence; give direction to

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

shape; influence; determine; regulate; mold

Context examples:

experience often determines ability / mold public opinion

Hypernyms (to "shape" is one way to...):

cause; do; make (give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shape"):

predetermine (determine beforehand)

pace (regulate or set the pace of)

index (adjust through indexation)

time (set the speed, duration, or execution of)

reshape (shape anew or differently)

decide (influence or determine)

carry weight (have influence to a specified degree)

miscreate (shape or form or make badly)

disincline; indispose (make unwilling)

dispose; incline (make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s something
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Sense 2shape [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make something, usually for a specific function

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

shape; mould; mold; form; forge; work

Context examples:

She molded the rice balls carefully / Form cylinders from the dough / shape a figure / Work the metal into a sword

Hypernyms (to "shape" is one way to...):

create from raw material; create from raw stuff (make from scratch)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shape"):

mound (form into a rounded elevation)

hill (form into a hill)

roughcast (shape roughly)

remold; reshape (shape again or shape differently)

sinter (cause (ores or powdery metals) to become a coherent mass by heating without melting)

cast; mold; mould (form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold)

throw (make on a potter's wheel)

coil; hand-build; handbuild (make without a potter's wheel)

sculpt; sculpture (create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material)

preform (form into a shape resembling the final, desired one)

preform (form or shape beforehand or determine the shape of beforehand)

beat (shape by beating)

carve (form by carving)

swage; upset (form metals with a swage)

chip (form by chipping)

layer (make or form a layer)

cut out (form and create by cutting out)

machine (turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery)

grind (shape or form by grinding)

stamp (form or cut out with a mold, form, or die)

puddle (subject to puddling or form by puddling)

model; mold; mould (form in clay, wax, etc)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3shape [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give shape or form to

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

shape; form

Context examples:

shape the dough / form the young child's character

Hypernyms (to "shape" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shape"):

scallop; scollop (shape or cut in scallops)

square; square up (make square)

dish (make concave; shape like a dish)

fit (make fit)

flatten (make flat or flatter)

deform; distort; strain (alter the shape of (something) by stress)

blow (shape by blowing)

block (shape into a block or blocks)

block (shape by using a block)

cup (form into the shape of a cup)

circle; encircle (form a circle around)

turn (shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel)

round; round off; round out (make round)

plume (form a plume)

ridge (form into a ridge)

individuate (give individual shape or form to)

tie (form a knot or bow in)

terrace (make into terraces as for cultivation)

fork (shape like a fork)

tabulate (shape or cut with a flat surface)

dimension (shape or form to required dimensions)

roll (shape by rolling)

sliver (form into slivers)

twist (form into twists)

crystalise; crystalize; crystallise; crystallize (cause to take on a definite and clear shape)

strike (cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp)

draw (flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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