In other words, as far as the economy is concerned, 2014 is shaping up to be a year when we make things worse.
With nearly two-thirds of the vote in, Maryland was shaping up as a Romney blowout, 48 to 30 percent.
What role did Islam have in shaping the Founders' views on religion?
A large part of a fashion model's job is physical, moving and shaping her body to highlight the drape of the clothing.
The current debate over Medicare is shaping up no differently.
Somewhere within me I felt the stuff of power, stiff and unworkable, needing the flux of passion and the shaping hand of skill.
The Marquis had not been unaware how matters were shaping themselves.
To watch them shaping from childhood into youth was the most satisfactory and beautiful thing in his life.
Literacy norms this relation, shaping it into a multiple-choice quiz.
“Cut that hole so that this cylinder will fit it exactly,” he says to some masons who are shaping a large square block of stone.
Old English scapan, past participle of scieppan "to create, form, destine" (past tense scop), from Proto-Germanic *skapjanan "create, ordain" (cf. Old Norse skapa, Danish skabe, Old Saxon scapan, Old Frisian skeppa, Middle Dutch schappen "do, treat," Old High German scaffan, German schaffen "shape, create, produce"), from PIE root *(s)kep- a base forming words meaning "to cut, scrape, hack" (see scabies), which acquired broad technical senses and in Germanic a specific sense of "to create."
Old English scieppan survived into Middle English as shippen, but shape emerged as a regular verb (with past tense shaped) by 1500s. The old past participle form shapen survives in misshapen. Middle English shepster (late 14c.) "dressmaker, female cutter-out," is literally "shape-ster," from Old English scieppan.
Meaning "to form in the mind" is from late 14c. Phrase Shape up (v.) is literally "to give form to by stiff or solid material;" attested from 1865 as "progress;" from 1938 as "reform;" shape up or ship out is attested from 1956, originally U.S. military slang, with the sense being "do right or get shipped up to active duty."
Old English sceap, gesceap "form; created being, creature; creation; condition; sex, genitalia," from root of shape (v.)). Meaning "contours of the body" is attested from late 14c. Meaning "condition, state" is first recorded 1865, American English. In Middle English, the word in plural also had a sense of "a woman's private parts." Shape-shifter attested from 1820. Out of shape "not in proper shape" is from 1690s. Shapesmith "one who undertakes to improve the form of the body" was used in 1715.
shaping shap·ing (shā'pĭng)
A technique that is used in operant conditioning in which the behavior is modified by stepwise reinforcement of behaviors that produce progressively closer approximations of the desired behavior.
Condition; state of fitness: I have to find out what shape they're in (1865+)