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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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But, for Baudelaire, a fashionably got-up woman is also a kind of walking sculpture: the crinoline endows her with form, shapeliness, dimensionality.
Attention is distracted from what we still do not know in pursuit of a coherent narrative that foists shapeliness on events as if they were somehow scripted.
But beyond the shapeliness and restrained virility of individual sentences, there is the fact that a writer less agile, less audacious, would not have been able to take on questions so various.
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.
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.
Rather than "whole townships [reduced to] / one white wallow," there is shapeliness and enclosure.
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.