Translation of shape in Spanish:


forma, n.

Pronunciation /ʃeɪp//ʃeɪp/


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    • 1.1(visible form)

      forma feminine
      it 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 feminine
      configuración feminine
      the 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 feminine
      bulto 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

    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.

transitive verb

  • 1

    (make in given form)
    (material/object) darle forma a
    to shape sth into sth
    • she shaped the dough into a ring formó un anillo con la masa
  • 2

    (events) determinar
    (ideas/character/person) formar
    incidents that shaped history incidentes que forjaron la historia

intransitive verb

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    (project) tomar forma
    (plan) desarrollarse
    how'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