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shape

(shāp) [AS. sceapan]
1. To mold to a particular form.
2. Outward form; contour.
References in classic literature ?
"Of all these crooked things, the crookedest was the shape of that piece of paper.
"Don't you see it is the wrong shape? Don't you see that it has no hearty and plain purpose?
Immediately he took the shape of a harpy, and, filled with rage, was determined to devour his son, and even the Princess too, if only he could overtake them.
He therefore resolved to travel for change, and by means of his magic art was able to visit every country he came to see under different shapes, returning every few weeks to the place where he had left a few followers.
"He was once a king, named Picus, and a pretty good sort of a king, too, only rather too proud of his purple robe, and his crown, and the golden chain about his neck; so he was forced to take the shape of a gaudy-feathered bird.
So I began thus: "How does your Royal Highness distinguish the shapes and positions of his subjects?
"Would it not be well, sir, if one of us could see this monster in her real shape at close quarters?
The question took quite another shape. The monster became a small island, a rock, a reef, but a reef of indefinite and shifting proportions.
Some of the chairs were made in the shape of big crows and upholstered with cushions of corn-colored silk.
It caught the falling star and drove it on towards me, a rushing globe of fire, and as it came the star grew and took shape, and the shape it took was the shape of a woman.
But I should ill become this Throne, O Peers, And this Imperial Sov'ranty, adorn'd With splendor, arm'd with power, if aught propos'd And judg'd of public moment, in the shape Of difficulty or danger could deterre Me from attempting.
I always thought ill of people at home who trimmed their shrubbery into pyramids and squares and spires and all manner of unnatural shapes, and when I saw the same thing being practiced in this great park I began to feel dissatisfied.