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Shape

Implies a three-dimensional definition that indicates outline and bulk of the outlined area.

shape

1. Any of a number of metal bars or beams of uniform section, as an I-beam.
2. To cut a profile or detail, as a beaded or rounded edge on a board.
3. To work a material to a required pattern, as on a shaper.
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In private communication, Kaplan made clear that the key difficulty in local law, which results in the continuing use of foreign trust regimes, is not the shapelessness of Israel's trust regime, but rather Israel's anti-perpetuity policy, which is apparently both strict and effective, despite the absence of an explicit rule against perpetuities in the 1979 Act.
This shapelessness is the irreducible center of human desire and, of course, of all human emotion.
But there was no excuse for the catalogue of errors and shapelessness witnessed from both sides.
If it is possible to excuse the worrying shapelessness in the second-half in the somewhat undisciplined pursuit of parity, then David Moyes' upbeat assessment was entirely justified.
In other words, the text suggests that place itself is differentiated from places (the later earth and water) by its shapelessness or formlessness (Fate, 12).
By contrast, the aim of many early modern authors was to express a profound sense of shapelessness, to convey the chaos of transforming and disintegrating communal categories, to paint a muddled world picture.
Similarly, Their Eyes itself is an affront to its modernist readers, who struggle with its perceived shapelessness and confusing message.
at 794-95 (stating that "the sprawling shapelessness of RICO create[d] the problem [and made] it relatively easy for plaintiffs to formulate a RICO cause of action"); see also ABRAMS & BEALE, supra note 106, at 489 (noting that "[t]he current RICO statute now lists so many offenses as `racketeering activity' that there is hardly an important federal crime that is not listed").
The moral shapelessness of natural states of affairs is precisely the sort of thing that principlists want to deny.
In Barth's metafiction, the conventions of fictional realism are jettisoned as empty, just as socialism is jettisoned in the political sphere as "social contradictions are absorbed by the new shapelessness of mass society" (138).
Adonis, in the 1962 prose poem which opens his manifesto of a new poetry (Aghani Mihyar al-Dimashqi), describes his alter ego "The Knight of Strange words" entering the scene with the shapelessness of two resonant ghayn words ghaba and ghaym, forest and cloud, entities of epic size but porous:
Separated by only one more phase from that total shapelessness, the Hunchback remembers impotently and bitterly--a frustration familiar to the blocked poet--the wholeness and creativity of a former self.