The professor never pretended to the academic prerogative of forcing his students into his own channels of reasoning; he entered into and helped shape the discussion but above all he made his men learn to think for themselves and rely upon their own intellectual judgments.
Diamonds are fashioned into different shapes, such as round brilliant, pear, oval, marquise, emerald cut, heart, and princess cut(square)
The shape of an object, a person, or an area is the appearance of their outside edges or surfaces, for example whether they are round, square, curved, or fat. Each mirror is made to order and can be designed to almost any shape or size. little pens in the shape of baseball bats sofas and chairs of contrasting shapes and colours The buds are conical or pyramidal in shape These bras should be handwashed to help them keep their shape
make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the riceballs carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword
sometimes used as an alternative to form I tend to use the term as an aspect of form, to mean the configuration of an edge or area, how the surface of the three dimensional object appears so shape is something more two dimensional even if actually moving through space
thing with two dimensions -- " a shape with infinite length and zero width " (243)
If you say that something is the shape of things to come, you mean that it is the start of a new trend or development, and in future things will be like this. British Rail says its new Liverpool Street station is the shape of things to come
the visual appearance of something or someone; "the delicate cast of his features"
If you lick, knock, or whip someone or something into shape, you use whatever methods are necessary to change or improve them so that they are in the condition that you want them to be in. You'll have four months in which to lick the recruits into shape
the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; "geometry is the mathematical science of shape" any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke" a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept; "a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life" give a shape or form to; "shape the dough" make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the riceballs carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword
If you are out of shape, you are unhealthy and unable to do a lot of physical activity without getting tired. = unfit fit
emphasis If you say, for example, that you will not accept something in any shape or form, or in any way, shape or form, you are emphasizing that you will not accept it in any circumstances. I don't condone violence in any shape or form
If someone or something is in shape, or in good shape, they are in a good state of health or in a good condition. If they are in bad shape, they are in a bad state of health or in a bad condition. He was still in better shape than many young men The trees were in bad shape from dry rot
When something takes shape, it develops or starts to appear in such a way that it becomes fairly clear what its final form will be. In 1912 women's events were added, and the modern Olympic programme began to take shape. Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe. Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe the place in Belgium where the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, one of the military commanders of NATO, is based
To form or create; especially, to mold or make into a particular form; to give proper form or figure to
any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke"
The rank and extents of an array Shape can be represented by a rank-one array (vector) whose elements are the extents in each dimension
You can use in the shape of to state exactly who or what you are referring to, immediately after referring to them in a general way. The Prime Minister found a surprise ally today in the shape of Jacques Delors, the Commission President
shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"
(n) The internal spatial relationship of vertices and edges that make up a face or the arrangement of faces on an object Examples of characteristics used to describe a face are the number of edges (sides), the angle between edges, and the ordering of edges around the perimeter Shape is independent of overall scale but not of viewpoint
Shape is an area that is contained within an implied line or is seen and identified because of colour or value change Shapes have two dimensions, length and width, and can be geometric or free-form Design in painting is basically the planned arrangement of shapes in a work of art
An element of art and design that pertains to an area set off by one or more of the other elements of art and design
If something is out of shape, it is no longer in its proper or original shape, for example because it has been damaged or wrongly handled. Once most wires are bent out of shape, they don't return to the original position
Form of embodiment, as in words; form, as of thought or conception; concrete embodiment or example, as of some quality
This is the general term for all 3D data that can be displayed in Maya Shapes include curves, surfaces, points, etc
The shape of something that is planned or organized is its structure and character. The last two weeks have seen a lot of talk about the future shape of Europe
Array objects have an attribute called shape which is necessarily a tuple An array with an empty tuple shape is treated like a scalar (it holds one element)
alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"
You can refer to something that you can see as a shape if you cannot see it clearly, or if its outline is the clearest or most striking aspect of it. Lying in bed we often see dark shapes of herons silhouetted against the moon
Physics: specific spatial demarcation of a system Esotericism: organization and concentration location of the universal substance; local aggregate of physical , astral or mental more or less organized substance
(n ) for an array, the rank and extents The shape may be represented by (integer) rank-one array whose elements are the extents in each dimension
If you ask how someone or something is shaping up, you want to know how well they are doing in a particular situation or activity. I did have a few worries about how Hugh and I would shape up as parents Girls are being recruited now. I heard they are shaping up very well
If something is shaping up, it is starting to develop or seems likely to happen. There are also indications that a major tank battle may be shaping up for tonight The accident is already shaping up as a significant environmental disaster It's shaping up to be a terrible winter
U.S. a cappella singing style incorporating many folk hymns and utilizing a special musical notation. The seven-note scale used by some singers is sung not to the syllables do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti but to a four-syllable system brought to America by early English colonists: fa-sol-la-fa-sol-la-mi. The system reflects the fact that a series of three intervals repeats itself in the major scale. A differently shaped note head is used for each of the four syllables. The singer reads the music by following the shapes; singers unfamiliar with the system can read the notes according to their placement on the staff. The tradition started in New England and moved South and West as more sophisticated forms of music reached the U.S. Shape-note singing had largely died out except in rural areas by the 1880s, but it has experienced a revival in recent years. The traditional shape-note hymnal, The Sacred Harp, first published in 1844, remains in use today
A machine tool in which a single-point cutting tool mounted on a reciprocating ram is traversed across the workpiece linearly. Shapers can generate various shapes, but were most especially employed in generating flat surfaces and keyways. The shaper is nowadays obsolescent, most of its applications being served by milling machines
Something that is shaped like a particular object or in a particular way has the shape of that object or a shape of that type. A new perfume from Russia came in a bottle shaped like a tank. oddly shaped little packages
Metal-cutting machine tool in which the workpiece is usually held in a vise or similar device that is clamped to a table and can be manually operated or power-driven at right angles to the path of a chisel-like cutting tool with only one cutting edge. A moving table feeds the workpiece in small, individual steps at the end of each stroke of the tool. The adjustable mounting of the tool permits the cutting of grooves and generating of surfaces at almost any angle to one another. The largest shapers have a 36-in. (0.9-m) cutting stroke and can machine parts up to 36 in. (0.9 m) long. See also planer
A practice whereby delivery of a large amount of a security may be made in several smaller blocks so as to reduce the potential consequences of a fail May be especially useful where partialling is not acceptable
The scheduling and operation of generating resources to meet changing load levels Load shaping on a hydro system usually involves the adjustment of water releases from reservoirs so that generation and load are continuously in balance
A procedure for developing new, or more complex, behavior through the reinforcement of successive approximations to the goal behavior This procedure uses both positive reinforcement and extinction procedures to develop these closer approximations
Involves reinforcing behavior already in the repertoire of the individual, which approximates the goal Use of positive reinforcement for successive approximations and operant extinction for other behaviors to establish the new learning
Sometimes a response is not visible or has not been demonstrated and thus cannot be reinforced Skinner proposed the idea of shaping where successive approximations are reinforced until the desired behavior is fully exhibited
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