Definition of Shaping in English :

Define Shaping in English

Shaping meaning in English

Meaning of Shaping in English

Pronunciation of Shaping in English

Shaping pronunciation in English

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see synonyms of shaping


1. defining, shaping

any process serving to define the shape of something

2. formation, shaping

the act of fabricating something in a particular shape


3. formative, plastic, shaping

forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning

Example Sentences:
'a formative influence'
'a formative experience'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of shaping
the outward form of an object defined by outline
the figure or outline of the body of a person
a phantom
organized or definite form
my plans are taking shape
the form that anything assumes; guise
something used to provide or define form; pattern; mould
condition or state of efficiency
to be in good shape
8.  out of shape
9.  take shape
10. (when intr, often foll by into or up)
to receive or cause to receive shape or form
11. (transitive)
to mould into a particular pattern or form; modify
12. (transitive)
to plan, devise, or prepare
to shape a plan of action
13.  an obsolete word for appoint
noun acronym for
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe

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see synonyms of shaping
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe
that quality of a thing which depends on the relative position of all points composing its outline or external surface; physical or spatial form
the form characteristic of a particular person or thing, or class of things
the contour of the body, exclusive of the face; figure
assumed or feigned appearance; guise
a foe in the shape of a friend
an imaginary or spectral form; phantom
something having a particular shape, used as a mold or basis for shaping or fashioning
any of the forms, structures, etc. in which a thing may exist
dangers of every shape
definite, regular, or suitable form; orderly arrangement
to begin to take shape
9.  US
condition; state, esp. of health
a patient in poor shape
good physical condition
exercises that keep one in shape
verb transitiveWord forms: shaped or ˈshaping
to give definite shape to; make, as by cutting or molding material
to arrange, fashion, express, or devise (a plan, answer, etc.) in definite form
to adapt or adjust
to shape one's plans to one's abilities
to direct or conduct (one's life, the course of events, etc.)
14.  Obsolete
to appoint or decree
verb intransitive
15.  Obsolete
to become suited; conform
16.  Rare
to happen
17.  Informal
to take shape or form
often with into or up

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of shaping
a. The characteristic surface configuration of a thing; an outline or contour: a lake in the shape of an hourglass. See Synonyms at form.
b. Spatial form, contour, or appearance: The sandy coastline is always changing shape.
a. The body or outward appearance of a person or an animal: saw two shapes walking toward her in the night.
b. The contour of a person's body; the figure: a swimmer with a slender shape.
a. A definite or distinctive form: Our discussion acquired the shape of an argument.
b. Form, condition, or embodiment: How is your research project taking shape?
c. A desirable form: a fabric that holds its shape.
a. Assumed or false appearance; guise: a god in the shape of a swan.
b. A ghostly form; a phantom: Shapes appeared in his bedroom at night.
5. Something, such as a mold or pattern, used to give or determine form.
a. The condition of something with regard to effectiveness, use, or appearance: What kind of shape is your car in?
b. Bodily condition, as in regard to muscle tone or endurance: She's in great shape after working out for six months.
tr.v. shaped, shap·ing, shapes
1. To create or fashion, as:
a. To give a particular form to (a material): shape the dough into baguettes.
b. To create or configure, as from a material: a sculpture that was shaped out of ice.
2. To cause to conform to a particular form: a pool that is shaped like an hourglass; a bone that is shaped to bear weight.
a. To plan or devise: shape a new educational program.
b. To embody in a definite form: shaped a folk tale into an opera.
a. To influence in a formative way: experiences that shaped his identity.
b. To direct the course of: "He shaped history as well as being shaped by it" (Robert J. Samuelson).

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