Shape Up: Form – 24 Words


be similar, be in line with

She was taking two sides at once, to please everyone; she always chose peace over truth, was always eager to conform.Americanah

disposed or willing to comply

It was all very important and pivotal to get me to this stage where I was actually conformable with putting myself on camera.Washington Times (Apr 14, 2015)

a symmetrical arrangement of the parts of a thing

In certain conformations, two sequences that are far apart in the linear DNA might actually be located next to each other and influence each other’s activity; in other conformations, they might be far apart.Nature (Sep 4, 2017)

an ancient wedge-shaped script used in Mesopotamia

An array of cuneiform tablets demonstrate how the use of writing spread, first for trade and economic needs and later for religious and literary purposes.The Guardian (Apr 19, 2018)

distort the shape of

Scientists get hints that eruptive activity is about to occur when magma bulges upwards and deforms the shape of mountain.BBC (Mar 23, 2018)

in accord with established conventions and requirements

Baba motions us closer as if we’re strangers needing a formal introduction.Amina’s Voice

a requirement of etiquette or custom

We don’t bother much with the formalities anymore when we greet each other; we smile and move off, in tandem, traveling smoothly along our daily track.The Handmaid’s Tale

the general appearance of a publication

Like most books nowadays, it was only available in electronic format.Ready Player One: A Novel

natural process that causes something to be made

He investigates the formation of Panama’s volcanoes and their collision with South America, which linked the Americas and allowed ecosystems separated for millions of years to mingle.Science Magazine (Apr 26, 2018)

capable of molding or fashioning

Childhood reading is undeniably formative, and it’s refreshing to see it being taken seriously.Nature (Apr 23, 2018)

a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement

Claytor’s brusque manner intimidated most of his students, who couldn’t keep up as the professor furiously scribbled mathematical formulas on the chalkboard with one hand and just as quickly erased them with the other.Hidden Figures

elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses

Both men formulated theories that were ambitious in scope and mathematical in their essential nature.Circumference

the act of inventing or contriving an idea or explanation

“Individual experiences matter. Data plays an important role in policy formulation, but it’s only part of the equation.”Washington Post (Apr 24, 2018)

impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

“Are you sure? Well then, the Dark Lord must be informed at once!”Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

not officially recognized or controlled

But legislators said that informal talks will continue.Washington Post (May 14, 2018)

knowledge acquired through study or experience

The team plans to release its final set of data in 2020, which will also include information about the spectra of those stars.National Geographic (Apr 25, 2018)

serving to instruct or enlighten

The result is a listen that’s engrossing and informative, and it puts a more human spin on the document that governs our lives in the US.The Verge (Apr 22, 2018)

distorted or badly shaped

One skull was larger than the rest, grotesquely malformed.A Dance with Dragons

a raised horizontal surface

Mrs. Cattermole’s sobs masked Harry’s footsteps as he made his way carefully toward the steps that led up to the raised platform.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

change for the better

He evolved and explored and reformed himself, but he felt no need to amputate any part of his past self as he matured.Washington Post (Apr 12, 2018)

improvement in the condition of institutions or practices

It’s one of the most important steps toward progress and reformation.Washington Post (Feb 6, 2018)

change or alter in form, appearance, or nature

But with my lenses on, the space transforms into something magical.Warcross

the act of changing in form or shape or appearance

Through some miraculous process, I ceased to be Widge and became Ophelia, except for some small part of myself that seemed to hover overhead, observing my transformation with amazement.The Shakespeare Stealer

the same throughout in structure or composition

Cots with crisp white linens sat in uniform rows.Salt to the Sea

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