What is shape?

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


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 ... the ratio S(u,v,w) = (u −w)/(u − v) the shape of triangle (u, v, w) ...
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 ...
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 ...
Carton - Shape
... Tetrahedrons and other shapes are available ... Cartons with a hexagonal or octagonal cross sections are sometimes used for specialty items ...
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 suction pressure ( or cm of water) saturated water ... Based on this parametrization a prediction model for the shape of the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity - saturation - pressure relationship was developed ...

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 concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept.
    Synonyms: embodiment
  • (noun): The spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance.
    Example: "Geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
    Synonyms: form
  • (noun): A perceptual structure.
    Synonyms: form, pattern
  • (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

Famous quotes containing the word shape:

    Irish poets, learn your trade,
    Sing whatever is well made,
    Scorn the sort now growing up
    All out of shape from toe to top.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    An unlicked bear
    —Trans. by Johanna Prins.

    Dutch expression meaning “a boor”: from the old belief that bear cubs are licked into shape by their mothers.

    We shape our buildings: thereafter they shape us.
    Winston Churchill (1874–1965)