The characteristic surface configuration of a thing; an outline or contour. See Synonyms at form.
Something distinguished from its surroundings by its outline.
The contour of a person's body; the figure.
A definite distinctive form: “The bomb gave the shape of life, outer and inner, an irreversible charge; a sense of fatefulness would now lie on all things” (Alfred Kazin).
A desirable form: a fabric that holds its shape.
A form or condition in which something may exist or appear; embodiment: a god in the shape of a swan.
Assumed or false appearance; guise.
A ghostly form; a phantom.
Something, such as a mold or pattern, used to give or determine form.
The proper condition of something necessary for action, effectiveness, or use: an athlete in excellent shape.
v. shaped, shap·ing, shapes
To give a particular form to; create.
To cause to conform to a particular form or pattern; adapt to fit.
To plan to bring about the realization or accomplishment of; devise.
To embody in a definite form: shaped a folk legend into a full-scale opera.
To adapt to a particular use or purpose; adjust.
To direct the course of: “He shaped history as well as being shaped by it” (Robert J. Samuelson).
To come to pass; happen.
To take on a definite shape or form. Often used with up or into.
v. de·signed, de·sign·ing, de·signs
To conceive or fashion in the mind; invent: design a good excuse for not attending the conference.
To formulate a plan for; devise: designed a marketing strategy for the new product.
To plan out in systematic, usually graphic form: design a building; design a computer program.
To create or contrive for a particular purpose or effect: a game designed to appeal to all ages.
To have as a goal or purpose; intend.
To create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner.
To make or execute plans.
To have a goal or purpose in mind.
To create designs.
A drawing or sketch.
A graphic representation, especially a detailed plan for construction or manufacture.
The purposeful or inventive arrangement of parts or details: the aerodynamic design of an automobile; furniture of simple but elegant design.
The art or practice of designing or making designs.
Something designed, especially a decorative or an artistic work.
An ornamental pattern. See Synonyms at figure.
A basic scheme or pattern that affects and controls function or development: the overall design of an epic poem.
A plan; a project. See Synonyms at plan.
A reasoned purpose; an intent: It was her design to set up practice on her own as soon as she was qualified.
Deliberate intention: He became a photographer more by accident than by design.
A secretive plot or scheme. Often used in the plural: He has designs on my job.
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