shape /ˈʃep/ 及物動詞
Shape v. i. To suit; to be adjusted or conformable. [R.]
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. [Obs.]
Look better on this virgin, and consider
This Persian shape laid by, and she appearing
In a Greekish dress. --Messinger.
6. Iron Manuf. (a) A rolled or hammered piece, as a bar, beam, angle iron, etc., having a cross section different from merchant bar. (b) A piece which has been roughly forged nearly to the form it will receive when completely forged or fitted.
To take shape, to assume a definite form.
Shape v. t. [imp. Shaped p. p. Shaped or Shapen p. pr. & vb. n. Shaping.]
1. To form or create; especially, to mold or make into a particular form; to give proper form or figure to.
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). [archaic]
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. [Obs.]
I will early shape me therefor. --Chaucer.
n 1: any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline);
"he could barely make out their shapes through the
smoke" [syn: form, configuration, contour, conformation]
2: the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its
substance; "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
3: alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo
studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the
spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" [syn: human body,
physical body, material body, soma, build, figure,
physique, anatomy, bod, chassis, frame, form,
4: a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept;
"a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life" [syn:
5: the visual appearance of something or someone; "the delicate
cast of his features" [syn: form, cast]
6: the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in
condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of
shape') [syn: condition]
7: the supremem headquarters that advises NATO on military
matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command
Europe [syn: Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe]
8: a perceptual structure; "the composition presents problems
for students of musical form"; "a visual pattern must
include not only objects but the spaces between them"
[syn: form, pattern]
v 1: shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often
determines ability"; "mold public opinion" [syn: determine,
mold, influence, regulate]
2: make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded
the riceballs carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough";
"shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword" [syn: form,
work, mold, mould, forge]
3: give a shape or form to; "shape the dough" [syn: form]