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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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Perhaps the Brooklyn curators found the persistent grace and cool shapeliness of her work cause for some misgiving.
From the old duchy of Milan he recalled the elongated necks and torsoes of Parmigianino, who innovatively subordinated bodily proportions to the shapeliness of his pictures; from Tuscany, where Modigliani had been born in Leghorn (Livorno), the outstretched waists and pelvic slants of Botticelli; from the ancient republic of Siena, the narrow obliquity of eyes painted by Sassetta.
Now In our wild world of misrule we insist On shapeliness and balance.
The shapeliness of the cosmos had become "an indefinite, and even infinite universe.
But when you take cuttings from valuable landscape plants such as cedar, fir, juniper, pine, spruce, and redwood, do it carefully to preserve the plant's health and shapeliness.
O fearful eyes And soft lips of the courtesan who planned To give her fragile shapeliness to art, whose reason spanned Her doom, who bade her beauty in its cold And vacant eminence persist for all men to behold
Playtex 18-hour panties (pounds 19) promise shapeliness and comfort.
Unlike Montesquieu--the only French Enlightenment thinker for whom Burke has any time--Voltaire, Helvetius, Condorcet, D'Alembert, and Diderot are all given to ridiculous levity; their thought is concerned with its own shapeliness more than with truth to human nature, it is less interested in morality than in novelty.
On the simplest level, it functions as a structural return, giving a technical shapeliness to even this three-page work, but also it suggests that this alternate version of the narrator's past, while more homely and apparently less artificial, is equally powerless to remedy his condition.
The couplet's shapeliness is mainly a result of the close proximity of its rhymes and the fact that no other intervening structures interfere with the reader's apprehension of them.
His own reputation as a straight-talking, outspoken - sometimes too outspoken - critic of government policy has also grown, despite an early attempt to seek answers over the cost of a pot plant, and admiring glances from Labour backbencher Alison Halford, who remarked on the shapeliness of his posterior.
The text is an intricate embroidery of thematic images, and much of the success of the book lies in the concreteness and shapeliness with which its tale of female maturation into freedom of mind is told.