To take shape, to assume a definite form.

(Shape"less), a. Destitute of shape or regular form; wanting symmetry of dimensions; misshapen; — opposed to shapely.Shape"less*ness, n.

The shapeless rock, or hanging precipice.

(Shape"li*ness) n. The quality or state of being shapely.

(Shape"ly), a. [Compar. Shapelier ; superl. Shapeliest.]

1. Well-formed; having a regular shape; comely; symmetrical. T. Warton.

Waste sandy valleys, once perplexed with thorn,
The spiry fir and shapely box adorn.

Where the shapely column stood.

2. Fit; suitable. [Obs.]

Shaply for to be an alderman.

(Shap"er) n.

1. One who shapes; as, the shaper of one's fortunes.

The secret of those old shapers died with them.

2. That which shapes; a machine for giving a particular form or outline to an object. Specifically; (a) (Metal Working) A kind of planer in which the tool, instead of the work, receives a reciprocating motion, usually from a crank. (b) (Wood Working) A machine with a vertically revolving cutter projecting above a flat table top, for cutting irregular outlines, moldings, etc.

(Sha"poo) n. (Zoöl.) The oörial.

1. Character or construction of a thing as determining its external appearance; outward aspect; make; figure; form; guise; as, the shape of a tree; the shape of the head; an elegant shape.

He beat me grievously, in the shape of a woman.

2. That which has form or figure; a figure; an appearance; a being.

Before the gates three sat,
On either side, a formidable shape.

3. A model; a pattern; a mold.

4. Form of embodiment, as in words; form, as of thought or conception; concrete embodiment or example, as of some quality. Milton.

5. Dress for disguise; guise. [Obs.]

Look better on this virgin, and consider
This Persian shape laid by, and she appearing
In a Greekish dress.

6. (Iron Manuf.) (a) A rolled or hammered piece, as a bar, beam, angle iron, etc., having a cross section different from merchant bar. (b) A piece which has been roughly forged nearly to the form it will receive when completely forged or fitted.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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