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for To take shape
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Shape \Shape\, n. [OE. shap, schap, AS. sceap in gesceap
creation, creature, fr. the root of scieppan, scyppan,
sceppan, to shape, to do, to effect; akin to OS. giskeppian,
OFries. skeppa, D. scheppen, G. schaffen, OHG. scaffan,
scepfen, skeffen, Icer. skapa, skepja, Dan. skabe, skaffe,
Sw. skapa, skaffa, Goth. gaskapjan, and perhaps to E. shave,
v. Cf. -ship.]
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
He beat me grievously, in the shape of a woman.
2. That which has form or figure; a figure; an appearance; a
Before the gates three sat,
On either side, a formidable shape. --Milton.
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
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. --Messinger.
6. (Iron Manuf.)
(a) A rolled or hammered piece, as a bar, beam, angle
iron, etc., having a cross section different from
(b) A piece which has been roughly forged nearly to the
form it will receive when completely forged or fitted.
To take shape, to assume a definite form.
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