- 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
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Examples from the Web for shaper
He has no shaper or planer for the purpose, so that it must be done by hand.Practical Mechanics for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
The shaft, before it went into the shaper, was a round piece of iron.
Finally we came before a machine known in machinery as a shaper.
This instrument may also come in very handy when setting tools on the planer or shaper.Measuring Tools
The religious element, as a shaper of conduct and thought, was accordingly not required.Villa Elsa