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shape

(shāp) [AS. sceapan]
1. To mold to a particular form.
2. Outward form; contour.
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Jabra exhausts a great deal of words on her naivete and shapeliness and the mysterious attraction between the two.
Some of the few who somehow had the financial where withal to enter a monastery may have been inculcated into spiritual fervor, but any aversion to eating as an ascetic extension of their active religious mortification probably superseded concerns with maintaining a normal body weight or the shapeliness of their bodies.
This is a miracle of composition (too many felicities to detail), to which Biss responded with clarity of articulation, shapeliness of phrasing, and a constant bright-eyed awareness of the riches he was purveying.
Native speakers, like fully assimilated members of the ideological community, rarely find themselves in this relationship to their language; in most cases, the questions they can identify as radical are still those that are permitted, and the real questions are deeper, silently embedded in customary locutions or innocuous stylistic features like parallelism (the earth was unearthly and the men were inhuman) that give our utterances a reassuring shapeliness.
When someone noticed the shapeliness of her fingers, she rubbed her hands with lime.
Now that I have read some of the 'commercial' fiction that Vance produced so efficiently, I can better understand why the emphasis upon the shapeliness of his 'serious' fiction so irritated him.
While their hems reach the knee, the skirts are fairly short and reveal a fair amount; though the legs are covered with stockings, the stockings accentuate the shapeliness of the legs and hide any flaws.
But in turn it's the costumed comedienne's form--the shapeliness and indeed sexiness that word hints at--that incorporates, gives body to, the otherwise hopelessly ethereal figure of Adrienne, long dead in fact, and the source of the actress's aura.
A small, metallic tray shaped like a fish inspires a sequence of well-defined shapeliness for Durning and a bit of deadpan, yet snarky, impatience from the choreographer: "Nice fish, Jeanine," says Rethorst.
One can foresee that, in the shapeliness of creative things to come, there will be even longer lyrical lines, illuminating other lines and speech lines in a developing succession and contextual counterpoint unprecedented and unparalleled.
Imagine if your inner life boiled down to the shapeliness of a well-placed pinky; could you think at all if you had to do it while talking aloud?
20) When he arrived at the altar his leg smoothed into shapeliness and his foot straightened.