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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... 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 ...
... natural markings and facial features, such as fur color and patterning, ear shape, and face shape and pigmentation ... Their sex can usually be determined within a week or so of birth, based on the shape and positioning of their genitalia ...
... 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 suction pressure ( or cm of water) saturated ... on this parametrization a prediction model for the shape of the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity - saturation - pressure relationship was developed ...
... All similar triangles have the same shape ... These shapes can be classified using complex numbers in a method advanced by J.A ... and Artzy call the ratio S(u,v,w) = (u −w)/(u − v) the shape of triangle (u, v, w) ...
... Tetrahedrons and other shapes are available ... Cartons with a hexagonal or octagonal cross sections are sometimes used for specialty items ...
More definitions of "shape":
- (noun): The state of (good) health (especially in the phrases 'in condition' or 'in shape' or 'out of condition' or 'out of shape').
- (verb): Give a shape or form to.
Example: "Shape the dough"
- (noun): The spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance.
Example: "Geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
- (noun): Alternative names for the body of a human being.
Synonyms: human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, bod, chassis, frame, form, flesh
- (verb): Make something, usually for a specific function.
Example: "Shape a figure"
Synonyms: form, work, mold, mould, forge
- (noun): Any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline).
Synonyms: form, configuration, contour, conformation
- (noun): A concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept.
Famous quotes containing the word shape:
“Strange that so few ever come to the woods to see how the pine lives and grows and spires, lifting its evergreen arms to the light,to see its perfect success; but most are content to behold it in the shape of many broad boards brought to market, and deem that its true success! But the pine is no more lumber than man is, and to be made into boards and houses is no more its true and highest use than the truest use of a man is to be cut down and made into manure.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)
“Thir dread commander: he above the rest
In shape and gesture proudly eminent
Stood like a Towr; his form had yet not lost
All her Original brightness, nor appeard
Less than Arch Angel ruind, and th excess
Of Glory obscurd: As when the Sun new risn
Looks through the Horizontal misty Air
Shorn of his Beams, or from behind the Moon
In dim Eclips disastrous twilight sheds
On half the Nations, and with fear of change
—John Milton (16081674)
“We cannot shape our children according to our ideas,
We must keep and love them as God gave them to us.”
—Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (17491832)