shaper

[shey-per]
noun
1.
a person or thing that shapes.
2.
a machine tool for forming flat surfaces, consisting of a frame, usually horizontal, on which the work is held while a cutting tool moves along it with a reciprocating motion. Compare planer ( def 2 ).
3.
(in woodworking) a stationary power tool driving a vertical spindle to which cutters are locked, used in joinery and for forming decorative edges.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English; see shape, -er1

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shape (ʃeɪp)
 
n
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
 a.  in bad physical condition
 b.  bent, twisted, or deformed
9.  take shape to assume a definite form
 
vb (when intr, often foll by into or up)
10.  to receive or cause to receive shape or form
11.  (tr) to mould into a particular pattern or form; modify
12.  (tr) to plan, devise, or prepare: to shape a plan of action
13.  an obsolete word for appoint
 
[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]
 
'shapable
 
adj
 
'shapeable
 
adj
 
'shaper
 
n

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The evolution of languages is a destroyer of information, the breaker of old legends, and the shaper of new myths.
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