In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(visible form)forma feminineit is triangular in shape — tiene forma triangular
- in the shape of a cross — en forma de cruz
- what shape shall I make the opening? — ¿de que forma quieres que haga la abertura?
- they come in all shapes and sizes — los hay de muy diversos tipos
- the sweater's lost its shape — el suéter se ha deformado
- to be out of shape — estar deformado
- The pattern is programmed to stitch an outline around the shape to hold it in place while the edge is stitched.
- My finger traces along the seven stars, outlining the shape of a ladle.
- Morgan hypothesizes that the mound shape was first outlined by a line of posts set in a wall trench, which served as a retaining wall for the fill.
- Safes designed for home use come in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs, and there's sure to be one out there that's perfect for your needs.
- Once you have outlined the shape of the rose bed, it's time to improve the soil - before planting the roses.
- Suppose that one of Vermeer's main uses for the camera obscura was to obtain precise outlines for the various shapes in a composition.
- The shapes, crisp outlines and clear, near-obsessive glyphs are quite exquisite.
- Outline the desired shape of your pond with a garden hose or a rope.
- They started putting masking tape on the floor to outline the shapes of machines.
- Suddenly, he noticed a translucent, dark purple flame floating two or three inches away from his sister's skin, outlining the shape of her body.
- Use a black marker to outline the shape and to write scientific or mathematical equations on the bag.
- The normal, healthy shape of the spine is a very gentle S-curve.
- Try using a garden hose, or sprinkle limestone, to outline the shape of a new bed.
- This will create a clean lined look that will contour your body shape.
- His dark blond hair was cut very short and outlined the shape of his head neatly.
- Disturbing images of police tape outlining the shape of Evangeline's lifeless body flashed before his eyes.
- For this he reconstructed a Neolithic forest whose outline forms the shape of an endangered falcon.
- Layered shapes, outlined in black, burgundy or pink, imitate the forms of architecture and industrial design.
- They cut out the portion where the sod would grow and outlined the shape with bender-board.
- Families come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and configurations.
1.2(general nature, outline)conformación feminineconfiguración femininethe shape of things to come — lo que nos espera
- to take shape — tomar forma
- The shape of this paper can be summarised as follows.
- Orwell's theoretical concerns about the likely shape of the future could be considered a form of political satire.
- The shape of future health-care legislation is yet to be seen.
- Our new understanding will lead us to new tools, which will ‘change the nature and shape of firms.’
- A fulfilled national dream, the railway changed the lives of every man, woman and child in Canada and altered the future and shape of the nation.
1.3(unidentified person, thing)figura femininebulto masculine
- Ada peered through the frosted glass of the front entrance, but was not able to identify anything other than some fuzzy grey shapes moving around the front yard.
- As he neared the hill the shapes took outlines of men instead of the formless gray lumps they'd appeared as.
- Their shape could not be clearly defined as their outline seemed blurred in a haze of grey smoke surrounding them, but they seemed human shaped.
- The field was denser than the War Six field, but the obstacles were more visible and their shapes were easier to identify.
- Their shapes were not clearly distinguishable, as they were covered by some kind of insubstantial black flame.
- Eldon looked at the radar screen and saw three shapes identified as Coalition frigates.
- Holding out in front of her, trying to keep it steady, she pointed it at several of the moving shapes but couldn't identify any of them.
- The ground seemed lumpy and careful observations revealed the outline of a massive shape.
- Slowly the world started to leak in to her mind, her eyes started to identify shapes; she could see the centurions crowded around her whispering.
- Jim was desperately trying to make sense of the golden blur before him, trying to force the formless shapes to solidify, to identify themselves.
- He was hunting for greens when he became aware of the dark shape outlined against the shifting, luminous background.
- Throughout the painting are less clearly defined shapes and stabs of the loaded brush.
- In the absence of the lamps, Tesha was unable to identify the shape until it righted itself and stood straight.
- Peering though the roiling mist, Andrew could see back-lit shapes moving within.
- Through the dark mist, I could make out the faint shape of a large cat.
- At the edge of the woods, a few birds had started to call out and flutter between the trees, vague shapes moving through the mist beyond the half-open bathroom window.
- They looked up and saw a huge shape outlined by sunlight; it came over.
- The mist became separate shapes, moving shapes, coloured shapes.
- I am not in the habit of following strange shapes in the mist about eerie woods.
- All she could see was a light purple mist that clouded anything beyond into indiscernible shapes.
2(guise)her reply took the shape of a 15-page letter — su respuesta consistió en una carta de 15 folios
- a third bidder emerged in the shape of Acme Inc — surgió una tercera oferta, presentada por Acme Inc
- assistance in the shape of food stamps — ayuda consistente en vales canjeables por comida
- I won't tolerate bribery in any shape or form — no pienso tolerar sobornos de ningún tipo
- help in any shape or form is most welcome — una ayuda, sea del tipo que sea / de cualquier forma que sea, siempre es bien recibida
3(condition, order)for her age, she's in pretty good shape — para su edad, está bastante bien (de salud)
- the old man's in pretty bad shape — el viejo anda / está muy mal
- he's in great shape for the tournament — está en muy buena forma para el torneo
- I was in no shape to put up a fight — no estaba en condiciones de pelear
- we've got to get you into better shape — tenemos que ponerte en forma
- to keep / stay in shape — mantenerse en forma
- to get bent out of shape — resentirse
- to knock / lick sth/sb into shape — poner algo/a algn a punto / en forma
4(mold, pattern)molde masculine
- Gris too made extensive use of papier collé, and Matisse's use of cut-out paper shapes in his late work is a development of the technique.
- For each shape, glue two papers together to hide the plain side.
- Cut simple holiday shapes out of paper or felt, then hang with thread from curtain rods, hanging lamps, doorways or over the outside of a lampshade.
- Then separate shapes are made by actually cutting the mesh into shapes and casting the paper straight into shapes on the J cloth.
- Cut a bunny shape from white paper in a size that will fit over the pop-up piece; fold in half.
1(make in given form)(material/object) darle forma ato shape sth into sth
- she shaped the dough into a ring — formó un anillo con la masa
2(influence)(events) determinar(ideas/character/person) formarincidents that shaped history — incidentes que forjaron la historia
1(project) tomar forma(plan) desarrollarsehow's the team shaping? — ¿qué tal marcha / va el equipo?
- it is shaping to be the closest championship for years — se está perfilando como el campeonato más reñido de los últimos años
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