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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for shaper

drill, mill, saw, borer, grinder, lathe, shaper

Examples from the Web for shaper

Historical Examples of shaper

  • He has no shaper or planer for the purpose, so that it must be done by hand.

  • The shaft, before it went into the shaper, was a round piece of iron.

    Nasby in Exile

    David R. Locke

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

    Nasby in Exile

    David R. Locke

  • This instrument may also come in very handy when setting tools on the planer or shaper.

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

    Villa Elsa

    Stuart Henry