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ehsanshekari

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I need an explanation about the sentence below.(Even I can't understand in which meaning the words have been used.)

Form ever follows function.

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It means that the application/use/purpose [function] of something will always govern its shape or design [form].

So a spade's shape is developed from the need to have a hard section to dig into the earth joined to a handle long enough for the user to stand when digging. Its form [shape] follows its function [to dig in the earth]
 
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