Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of forming or reducing to shape.
  • noun Specifically The cutting and fitting of clothes; tailoring.
  • noun Representation; imagination; that which is formed or imagined.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun psychology A method of positive reinforcement of behaviour patterns in operant conditioning.
  • noun The action of the verb to shape.
  • verb Present participle of shape.

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

  • noun the act of fabricating something in a particular shape
  • noun any process serving to define the shape of something
  • adjective forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Her face seemed to recede in the darkness and rain, the disbelief and injury in her expression shaping and reshaping itself in the overhead light.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • Her face seemed to recede in the darkness and rain, the disbelief and injury in her expression shaping and reshaping itself in the overhead light.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • Her face seemed to recede in the darkness and rain, the disbelief and injury in her expression shaping and reshaping itself in the overhead light.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • Her face seemed to recede in the darkness and rain, the disbelief and injury in her expression shaping and reshaping itself in the overhead light.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • The more freedom in shaping is given to users (e.g. open source technology), the more knowledge is required to contribute.

    Smart Mobs » Blog Archive » Toward a social ethics of technology

  • So this is part of a process which they call shaping the battlefield.

    CNN Transcript Mar 23, 2003

  • The possibilities in "shaping" the latter kind of narrative have by no means been exhausted, although most published novels don't seem much interested in exploring these possibilities.

    Narrative Strategies

  • Apart from stating his belief that Europe should be more involved in shaping a new economic order where financial capitalism should be 'moralised' - which he sees as a justification for further political integration on an European level - Sarkozy also managed once more to give Turkey the cold shoulder treatment.

    Meanwhile in Brussels (and beyond)...

  • R-Prime will have a huge role in shaping the American legislative agenda (asserting their balance of power in Congress), and if they are able to stay true to their Contract with America and make a difference, they will be poised for a strong showing in 2012 and 2016.

    Politics

  • R-Prime will have a huge role in shaping the American legislative agenda (asserting their balance of power in Congress), and if they are able to stay true to their Contract with America and make a difference, they will be poised for a strong showing in 2012 and 2016.

    republican prime - reinvention

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