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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who shapes.
  • n. A machine tool in which a single-point cutting tool mounted on a reciprocating ram is traversed across the workpiece linearly. Shapers can generate various shapes, but were most especially employed in generating flat surfaces and keyways. The shaper is nowadays obsolescent, most of its applications being served by milling machines.
  • n. A person who designs and builds surfboards.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who shapes.
  • n. That which shapes; a machine for giving a particular form or outline to an object.
  • n. A kind of planer in which the tool, instead of the work, receives a reciprocating motion, usually from a crank.
  • n. A machine with a vertically revolving cutter projecting above a flat table top, for cutting irregular outlines, moldings, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who makes, forms, or shapes.
  • n. In meta-work, a combined lathe and planer, which can be used, with attachments, for doing a great variety of work.
  • n. A form of stamping-machine or stamping-press for sheetmetal.
  • n. In wood-working, a paneling- or molding-machine for cutting moldings of irregular forms.
  • n. A shaper in which the piece operated upon can be rotated and hence a (nearly) cylindrical surface can be finished.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a machine tool for shaping metal or wood
  • n. a person who makes things

Etymologies

to shape + -er (Wiktionary)

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