"shapes" in the noun sense
1. shape, form, configuration, contour, conformation
any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline
"he could barely make out their shapes"
2. shape, form
the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
"geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
3. human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, form, flesh
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"
4. shape, embodiment
a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept
"a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life"
5. form, shape, cast
the visual appearance of something or someone
"the delicate cast of his features"
6. condition, shape
the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape')
7. Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, SHAPE
the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe
8. form, shape, pattern
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"
"shapes" in the verb sense
1. determine, shape, mold, influence, regulate
shape or influence give direction to
"experience often determines ability"
"mold public opinion"
2. shape, form, work, mold, mould, forge
make something, usually for a specific function
"She molded the rice balls carefully"
"Form cylinders from the dough"
"shape a figure"
"Work the metal into a sword"
3. shape, form
give shape or form to
"shape the dough"
"form the young child's character"
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