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Shape Shape, n. [OE. shap, schap, AS. sceap in gesceap creation, creature, fr. the root of scieppan, scyppan, sceppan, to shape, to do, to effect; akin to OS. giskeppian, OFries. skeppa, D. scheppen, G. schaffen, OHG. scaffan, scepfen, skeffen, Icer. skapa, skepja, Dan. skabe, skaffe, Sw. skapa, skaffa, Goth. gaskapjan, and perhaps to E. shave, v. Cf. {-ship}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

He beat me grievously, in the shape of a woman. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. That which has form or figure; a figure; an appearance; a being. [1913 Webster]

Before the gates three sat, On either side, a formidable shape. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. A model; a pattern; a mold. [1913 Webster]

4. Form of embodiment, as in words; form, as of thought or conception; concrete embodiment or example, as of some quality. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. Dress for disguise; guise. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Look better on this virgin, and consider This Persian shape laid by, and she appearing In a Greekish dress. --Messinger. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{To take shape}, to assume a definite form.

{in shape,, having a good muscle tone; healthy.

{Get into shape}, to exercise so as to acquire a good muscle tone.1 [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • in\ shape — • in shape • in condition adj. phr. In good condition; able to perform well. The football team will be in shape for the first game of the season. Mary was putting her French in shape for the lest. Compare: in practice Contrast: out of shape …   Словарь американских идиом

  • in shape — or[in condition] {adj. phr.} In good condition; able to perform well. * /The football team will he in shape for the first game of the season./ * /Mary was putting her French in shape for the lest./ Compare: IN PRACTICE. Contrast: OUT OF SHAPE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in shape — or[in condition] {adj. phr.} In good condition; able to perform well. * /The football team will he in shape for the first game of the season./ * /Mary was putting her French in shape for the lest./ Compare: IN PRACTICE. Contrast: OUT OF SHAPE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in shape — adjective a) In good condition, repair; in a good state. , I guess Id better get my room in shape if I have guests. b) In a good state of physical fitness or bodily appearance. , I hope to get in shap …   Wiktionary

  • in shape — phrasal in an original, normal, or fit condition < exercises to keep in shape > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • in shape — ► in (good) shape in good physical condition. Main Entry: ↑shape …   English terms dictionary

  • in shape — in good physical fitness; in form, in figure, in appearance …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • Get in Shape Girl — is an American toy originally created by Hasbro in the 1980 s. It was re released in the mid 2000 s under the toy company Arbor Toys, popular for their pretend play lines. Get in Shape Girl are exercise kits designed for young females to have… …   Wikipedia

  • put in shape — index fix (repair) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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