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English noun: shape

1. shape (attribute) any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)


SamplesHe could barely make out their shapes.


Synonymsconfiguration, conformation, contour, form


Broader (hypernym)spatial property, spatiality


Narrower (hyponym)angularity, bluntness, concaveness, concavity, convexity, convexness, crookedness, curvature, curve, dullness, keenness, lobularity, narrowing, roundness, sharpness, straightness, stratification, topography


Attributecrooked, straight

2. shape the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance


SamplesGeometry is the mathematical science of shape.


Synonymsform


Broader (hypernym)attribute


Narrower (hyponym)amorphous shape, angular shape, angularity, circle, column, connection, connexion, distorted shape, distortion, figure, flair, flare, line, link, natural shape, pillar, plane, plume, round shape, sheet, solid, square, tower, triangle

3. shape (body) alternative names for the body of a human being


SamplesLeonardo studied the human body.
He has a strong physique.
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.


Synonymsanatomy, bod, build, chassis, figure, flesh, form, frame, human body, material body, physical body, physique, soma


Broader (hypernym)body, organic structure, physical structure


Narrower (hyponym)adult body, female body, juvenile body, male body, person


Part meronymhomo, human, human being, individual, man, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

4. shape (cognition) a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept


SamplesA circle was the embodiment of his concept of life.


Synonymsembodiment


Broader (hypernym)concrete representation, concretism

5. shape (attribute) the visual appearance of something or someone


SamplesThe delicate cast of his features.


Synonymscast, form


Broader (hypernym)appearance, visual aspect

6. shape (state) the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape')


Synonymscondition


Broader (hypernym)good health, healthiness


Narrower (hyponym)fitness, physical fitness

7. SHAPE (group) the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe


SynonymsSupreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe


Broader (hypernym)high command, supreme headquarters


Part meronymNATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

8. shape (cognition) a perceptual structure


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


Synonymsform, pattern


Broader (hypernym)structure


Narrower (hyponym)fractal, gestalt, grid, kaleidoscope, mosaic, strand


Part meronympercept, perception, perceptual experience


English verb: shape

1. shape (cognition) shape or influence; give direction to


SamplesExperience often determines ability.
Mold public opinion.


Synonymsdetermine, influence, mold, regulate


Pattern of useSomething ----s something.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make


Narrower (hyponym)carry weight, decide, disincline, dispose, incline, index, indispose, miscreate, pace, predetermine, reshape, time

2. shape (creation) make something, usually for a specific function


SamplesShe molded the rice balls carefully.
Form cylinders from the dough.
Shape a figure.
Work the metal into a sword.


Synonymsforge, form, mold, mould, work


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)create from raw material, create from raw stuff


Narrower (hyponym)beat, carve, cast, chip, coil, cut out, grind, hand-build, handbuild, hill, layer, machine, model, mold, mold, mould, mould, mound, preform, preform, puddle, remold, reshape, roughcast, sculpt, sculpture, sinter, stamp, swage, throw, upset


Verb groupprocess, work, work on

3. shape (change) give shape or form to


SamplesShape the dough.
Form the young child's character.


Synonymsform


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)block, block, blow, circle, crystalise, crystalize, crystallise, crystallize, cup, deform, dimension, dish, distort, draw, encircle, fit, flatten, fork, individuate, plume, ridge, roll, round, round off, round out, scallop, scollop, sliver, square, square up, strain, strike, tabulate, terrace, tie, turn, twist









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