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shape

(shāp) [AS. sceapan]
1. To mold to a particular form.
2. Outward form; contour.
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The poet explicitly attributes Eliana's action (an abortion, though the word is never mentioned) to the transgressive desire to preserve her shapeliness and beauty: "Premera dunque il greve / travaglio, il peso enorme, / le sue scultorie forme, / la sua belta di neve?
When someone noticed the shapeliness of her fingers, she rubbed her hands with lime.
First published in 1754 at London and frequently reprinted until the end of the eighteenth century, Hay's Essay is a cadastral meditation on his ailing body, an erstwhile conduct manual for the deformed, and a grand if unsuccessful attempt to sweep aside ancient associations of physical beauty with moral virtue, shapeliness with rectitude.
For all its many stylish moments, Spicer coaxing phrasing and rhythmic pointing of great shapeliness from the BBC and English Chamber Orchestra, the performance remained leaden, unable to disguise the fact that much of the music is not Bach at his best.
So, after so many years of resolute avoidance, I have given myself up to the gym and surrendered my future shapeliness to Tom at the Radisson's Ark gym.
Trois Gnossiennes, which does show Canfield at his best--or it did until the costumes were changed from simple black tights to the ubiquitous cutoffs that spoil line and distract from the shapeliness of the movement--was also performed uncut.
Salma Hayek is on hand mostly to show off her shapeliness.
He was acquainted with and influenced by Eluard, Jouve, Picasso, Camus, Breton, and many other members of the French avant-garde, and sometimes thought of himself as something of an Hellenic surrealist - though almost no one else sees him this way, since his work is charged with theme and clear meaning as well as with suggestive beauty and Hellenic shapeliness.
If you are among the second group, these guidelines for cutting hybrid teas, offered by Keith Zary, hybridizer and director of rose research at Jackson & Perkins, should help you get long-stemmed cut flowers without compromising the plant's continued growth, shapeliness, and productivity.
9) Form operates partly in the shapeliness of a steadily narrated anecdote with first scene, then encounter--of poet with desert, poet with aboriginal young man--then a moment of recognition which enacts a Lawrentian self-revaluation:
The geography of the otherworldly kingdom is cemented into a five-star hotel, where Peter is the bellhop, Mary the concierge, the heavenly choirs entertain tourists, Dante's questions to the blessed are quiz shows on the in-room television, and Beatrice is taken into Paradise not by divine intercession but because of her shapeliness.