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[shey-per] /ˈʃeɪ pər/
a person or thing that shapes.
a machine tool for forming flat surfaces, consisting of a frame, usually horizontal, on which the work is held while a cutting tool moves along it with a reciprocating motion.
Compare planer (def 2).
(in woodworking) a stationary power tool driving a vertical spindle to which cutters are locked, used in joinery and for forming decorative edges.
Origin of shaper
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at shape, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He has no shaper or planer for the purpose, so that it must be done by hand.

  • Finally we came before a machine known in machinery as a shaper.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • The shaft, before it went into the shaper, was a round piece of iron.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • This instrument may also come in very handy when setting tools on the planer or shaper.

    Measuring Tools Unknown
  • The religious element, as a shaper of conduct and thought, was accordingly not required.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • He also bestows offspring, is a kind of male Aphrodite, and is the shaper of all forms human and animal.

  • He was in countless Indian legends as the shaper or the Trickster, sometimes friend, sometimes enemy.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • That portion of a "self-actor mule" which guides the faller wires is termed the "shaper" or "copping motion."

    The Story of the Cotton Plant Frederick Wilkinson
  • Before describing, however, the various forms of shaper vices, it may be well to discuss points to be considered in its use.

  • Fig. 1505 represents a shaper that may be driven either by hand or by belt power.

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