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shaped

[sheypt] /ʃeɪpt/
adjective
1.
of a definite form, shape, or character (often used in combination):
a U -shaped driveway.
2.
designed to fit a particular form, body, or contour:
a shaped garment.
3.
Furniture. having other than a plane surface.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; shape + -ed2
Related forms
well-shaped, adjective

shape

[sheyp] /ʃeɪp/
noun
1.
the quality of a distinct object or body in having an external surface or outline of specific form or figure.
2.
this quality as found in some individual object or body form:
This lake has a peculiar shape.
3.
something seen in outline, as in silhouette:
A vague shape appeared through the mist.
4.
an imaginary form; phantom.
5.
an assumed appearance; guise:
an angel in the shape of a woman.
6.
a particular or definite organized form or expression:
He could give no shape to his ideas.
7.
proper form; orderly arrangement.
8.
condition or state of repair:
The old house was in bad shape. He was sick last year, but is in good shape now.
9.
the collective conditions forming a way of life or mode of existence:
What will the shape of the future be?
10.
the figure, physique, or body of a person, especially of a woman:
A dancer can keep her shape longer than those of us who have sedentary jobs.
11.
something used to give form, as a mold or a pattern.
12.
Also called section. Building Trades, Metalworking. a flanged metal beam or bar of uniform section, as a channel iron, I-beam, etc.
13.
Nautical. a ball, cone, drum, etc., used as a day signal, singly or in combinations, to designate a vessel at anchor or engaged in some particular operation.
verb (used with object), shaped, shaping.
14.
to give definite form, shape, organization, or character to; fashion or form.
15.
to couch or express in words:
to shape a statement.
16.
to adjust; adapt:
He shaped everything to suit his taste.
17.
to direct (one's course, future, etc.).
18.
to file the teeth of (a saw) to uniform width after jointing.
19.
Animal Behavior, Psychology. to teach (a desired behavior) to a human or other animal by successively rewarding the actions that more and more closely approximate that behavior.
20.
Obsolete. to appoint; decree.
verb (used without object), shaped, shaping.
21.
to come to a desired conclusion or take place in a specified way:
If discussions shape properly, the companies will merge.
Verb phrases
22.
shape up,
  1. to assume a specific form:
    The plan is beginning to shape up.
  2. to evolve or develop, especially favorably.
  3. to improve one's behavior or performance to meet a required standard.
  4. to get oneself into good physical condition.
  5. (of longshoremen) to get into a line or formation in order to be assigned the day's work.
Idioms
23.
take shape, to assume a fixed form; become definite:
The house is beginning to take shape.
Origin
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English gesceapu (plural); replacing dial. shap, Middle English; Old English gesceap (singular); cognate with Old Norse skap state, mood; (v.) Middle English; Old English sceapen (past participle); replacing Middle English sheppe, shippe, Old English sceppan, scyppan; cognate with German schaffen, Old Norse skepja, Gothic -skapjan to make
Related forms
shapable, shapeable, adjective
outshape, verb (used with object), outshaped, outshaping.
preshape, noun, verb (used with object), preshaped, preshaping.
transshape, verb (used with object), transshaped, transshaping.
unshapable, adjective
unshapeable, adjective
unshaping, adjective
Synonyms
1. silhouette, appearance. See form. 4. specter, illusion. 7. order, pattern. 8. order, situation. 14. mold, model.
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  • The long, irregular-shaped pieces may be rolled, and fastened with small wooden skewers.
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  • In figure and aspect it is represented as many-shaped, in allusion to the immense variety of matter with which it deals.
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  • Under back on either side of backbone may be found two small, oyster-shaped pieces of dark meat, which are dainty tidbits.
  • Some of these are large multicellular bacterial groups, while others are single-celled large and rod-shaped.
  • Depicted as a geometric shape, this pattern conforms to a donut-shaped figure known as a torus.
  • New extrusion techniques also allow makers to produce fibers with unusually shaped cross sections that channel away sweat.
  • The upper-left of the image shows a number of funnel-shaped depressions lined up parallel to the slope inclination.
  • Here, the diffuse area is resolved into a rhomboid-shaped group of clearly defined sources.
British Dictionary definitions for shaped

shape

/ʃeɪp/
noun
1.
the outward form of an object defined by outline
2.
the figure or outline of the body of a person
3.
a phantom
4.
organized or definite form: my plans are taking shape
5.
the form that anything assumes; guise
6.
something used to provide or define form; pattern; mould
7.
condition or state of efficiency: to be in good shape
8.
out of shape
  1. in bad physical condition
  2. bent, twisted, or deformed
9.
take shape, to assume a definite form
verb
10.
when intr, often foll by into or up. to receive or cause to receive shape or form
11.
(transitive) to mould into a particular pattern or form; modify
12.
(transitive) to plan, devise, or prepare: to shape a plan of action
13.
an obsolete word for appoint
Derived Forms
shapable, shapeable, adjective
shaper, noun
Word Origin
Old English gesceap, literally: that which is created, from scieppan to create; related to sceap sexual organs, Old Norse skap destiny, Old High German scaf form

SHAPE

/ʃeɪp/
noun acronym
1.
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Word Origin and History for shaped

shape

v.

Old English scapan, past participle of scieppan "to create, form, destine" (past tense scop), from Proto-Germanic *skapjanan "create, ordain" (cf. Old Norse skapa, Danish skabe, Old Saxon scapan, Old Frisian skeppa, Middle Dutch schappen "do, treat," Old High German scaffan, German schaffen "shape, create, produce"), from PIE root *(s)kep- a base forming words meaning "to cut, scrape, hack" (see scabies), which acquired broad technical senses and in Germanic a specific sense of "to create."

Old English scieppan survived into Middle English as shippen, but shape emerged as a regular verb (with past tense shaped) by 1500s. The old past participle form shapen survives in misshapen. Middle English shepster (late 14c.) "dressmaker, female cutter-out," is literally "shape-ster," from Old English scieppan.

Meaning "to form in the mind" is from late 14c. Phrase Shape up (v.) is literally "to give form to by stiff or solid material;" attested from 1865 as "progress;" from 1938 as "reform;" shape up or ship out is attested from 1956, originally U.S. military slang, with the sense being "do right or get shipped up to active duty."

n.

Old English sceap, gesceap "form; created being, creature; creation; condition; sex, genitalia," from root of shape (v.)). Meaning "contours of the body" is attested from late 14c. Meaning "condition, state" is first recorded 1865, American English. In Middle English, the word in plural also had a sense of "a woman's private parts." Shape-shifter attested from 1820. Out of shape "not in proper shape" is from 1690s. Shapesmith "one who undertakes to improve the form of the body" was used in 1715.

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Slang definitions & phrases for shaped

shape

noun

Condition; state of fitness: I have to find out what shape they're in (1865+)

Related Terms

bent out of shape


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Idioms and Phrases with shaped

shape

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shape
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