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shape

(shāp) [AS. sceapan]
1. To mold to a particular form.
2. Outward form; contour.
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(29) While South Africa, Germany, and the Netherlands, as well as Quebec and its Uruguayan and Czech offshoots, offer examples of regimes placing title to the trust assets elsewhere than in the trustee, their trust models are the opposite of shapelessness; they are clear, definite, and concrete regarding the locus of title.
Aesthetically, this is risky indeed, since meditations on shapelessness threaten to look muddled themselves.
Fallen, into this darkened place, this mouth, the sudden shapelessness
Reviewers such as Francis King (29) have accused Boyd of shapelessness in The New Confessions as the novel moves apparently randomly between the western front and an island in the Mediterranean in the 1970s.
Add to this far from comprehensive list of difficulties the growing strain on service morale, not simply because of the loss of life and limb, but on account of the utter shapelessness and lack of definition of the overall mission, and more relevant still the absolute inappropriateness of expecting combat soldiers to counter terrorist activity which is quintessentially clandestine by nature.
But "too often," Adams admitted after claiming to be "devoured" by the desire to emulate Cellini, the hand "runs into side-paths and shapelessness, loses its relations, stops or is bogged.
The concept of the "plotless" novel is elaborated by the text's frequent claims that shapelessness achieves greater verisimilitude.
Whereas Mouroir makes the most of ambiguity and shapelessness, Voice Over shows Breytenbach to be equally talented when working in a more directed and formal space.
These three books attest to the city's magnetic quality through the now-familiar task of analysing people's attempts to understand London by finding forms and languages sufficient to render its physical size, cultural strangeness and apparent shapelessness into a comprehensible form.
(11.) Some critics have suggested that this character is wormlike or spineless; most amusingly, John Ower refers to him as a "fecal creature" characterized by "the slowness and shapelessness of an amoeba" (73).
It is only by returning to the scene of the trauma with Dr Oblov and "realiz[ing], with a force of a revelation, that she was not at all sure who killed [Nicholas]" that she begins to approach the "gap and shapelessness to her own lost history" (178) and is finally cured of her stutter.
Both early critics, who dwelt on Faulkner's obsession with absence and negation, and post-war critics, who started to look for meaning through form, interpreted Sutpen's harsh failure, and the shapelessness of narration, as signifying meaninglessness.