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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : forming or capable of forming or molding; "a formative
            influence"; "a formative experience" [syn: formative]
      n 1: any process serving to define the shape of something [syn: defining]
      2: the fabrication of something in a particular shape [syn: formation]