What is shape?

  • (verb): Give a shape or form to.
    Example: "Shape the dough"
    Synonyms: form
    See also — Additional definitions below

Shape

The shape (Old English: gesceap, created thing) of an object located in some space is a geometrical description of the part of that space occupied by the object, as determined by its external boundary – abstracting from location and orientation in space, size, and other properties such as colour, content, and material composition.

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Shape - Similarity Classes
... All similar triangles have the same shape ... These shapes can be classified using complex numbers in a method advanced by J.A ... Lester and Artzy call the ratio S(u,v,w) = (u −w)/(u − v) the shape of triangle (u, v, w) ...
Northern Muriqui - Identification
... natural markings and facial features, such as fur color and patterning, ear shape, and face shape and pigmentation ... within a week or so of birth, based on the shape and positioning of their genitalia ...
Water Retention Curve - Shape Parameters
... The shape of water retention curves can be characterized by several models, one of them known as the van Genuchten model where is the water retention curve is ... a prediction model for the shape of the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity - saturation - pressure relationship was developed ...
Aerobie - History
... He tried streamlining the shape to reduce drag, but this resulted in a disc that was more unstable in flight ... Eventually, he turned his attention to the ring shape ... After testing several models, the ideal shape was found, and the Aerobie was produced ...
Carton - Shape
... Tetrahedrons and other shapes are available ... Cartons with a hexagonal or octagonal cross sections are sometimes used for specialty items ...

More definitions of "shape":

  • (verb): Make something, usually for a specific function.
    Example: "Shape a figure"
    Synonyms: form, work, mold, mould, forge
  • (noun): The visual appearance of something or someone.
    Synonyms: form, cast
  • (noun): A perceptual structure.
    Synonyms: form, pattern
  • (noun): The spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance.
    Example: "Geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
    Synonyms: form
  • (noun): The state of (good) health (especially in the phrases 'in condition' or 'in shape' or 'out of condition' or 'out of shape').
    Synonyms: condition
  • (noun): A concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept.
    Synonyms: embodiment

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    The shape of a rat?
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    Just under the water
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    How shall my animal
    Whose wizard shape I trace in the cavernous skull,
    Vessel of abscesses and exultation’s shell,
    Endure burial under the spelling wall....
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    And yonder in the gymnasts’ garden thrives
    The self-sown, self-begotten shape that gives
    Athenian intellect its mastery,
    Even the grey-leaved olive-tree
    Miracle-bred out of the living stone....
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)