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noun     shape pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the outer form of something

    The room forms an L-shape.

    Trace the shape onto the card and cut it out.

    all shapes and sizes:

    There were balloons of all shapes and sizes in the sky.

    in the shape of:

    a flowerbed in the shape of a cross

    1. a.
      the usual or original outer form of something

      Her curls lost their shape and became frizzy.

      The front wheel of my bike is bent out of shape.

  2. 2
    [countable] something that you cannot see well because it is far away or there is not enough light

    Ghostly shapes loomed out of the fog.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the features or qualities of something

    It’s part of a plan to change the shape of local government.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] the condition of something, especially in relation to its ability to be effective or successful

    The economy is in bad shape.

    1. a.
      how healthy or fit someone is

      He’s in a lot better shape since he’s changed his diet.

  5. 5
    [countable/uncountable] the correct order, arrangement, or structure of something

    Marie tried to find the right words to give shape to her ideas.

  6. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    throw some shapes to dance to electronic music, especially while moving your arms and hands in an exaggerated way

    Yes, even Heidi and I finally got down on to the floor to throw some shapes at the end.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 27/03/2012
  7. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    throw shapes to dance to popular music in a club

    We could throw some shapes together.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 08/03/2017
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