A new garden sculpture fills a certain amount of cubic metres (volume) but whether it fits in the trunk also depends on the shape.
- Size (such as volume) tells how much it fills, while
- shape tells how it fills.
Is the sculpture ball-shaped or like a box? Or maybe shaped as a pyramid? The sculptor can create infinitely many different shapes. We can invent names such as ‘ball’, ‘box’ and ‘pyramid’ for simple and often-used shapes to make them easier to talk about.
- ‘Online Etymology Dictionary’ (dictionary), Douglas Harper, www.etymonline.com