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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
shaping
    adj 1: forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning;
           "a formative influence"; "a formative experience" [syn:
           formative, shaping, plastic]
    n 1: any process serving to define the shape of something [syn:
         shaping, defining]
    2: the act of fabricating something in a particular shape [syn:
       formation, shaping]

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Shape \Shape\ (sh[=a]p), v. t. [imp. Shaped (sh[=a]pt); p. p.
   Shaped or Shapen (sh[=a]p"'n); p. pr. & vb. n.
   Shaping.] [OE. shapen, schapen, AS. sceapian. The p. p.
   shapen is from the strong verb, AS. scieppan, scyppan,
   sceppan, p. p. sceapen. See Shape, n.]
   1. To form or create; especially, to mold or make into a
      particular form; to give proper form or figure to.
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            I was shapen in iniquity.             --Ps. li. 5.
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            Grace shaped her limbs, and beauty decked her face.
                                                  --Prior.
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   2. To adapt to a purpose; to regulate; to adjust; to direct;
      as, to shape the course of a vessel.
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            To the stream, when neither friends, nor force,
            Nor speed nor art avail, he shapes his course.
                                                  --Denham.
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            Charmed by their eyes, their manners I acquire,
            And shape my foolishness to their desire. --Prior.
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   3. To imagine; to conceive; to call forth (ideas). [archaic]
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            Oft my jealousy
            Shapes faults that are not.           --Shak.
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   4. To design; to prepare; to plan; to arrange.
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            When shapen was all this conspiracy,
            From point to point.                  --Chaucer.
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   Shaping machine. (Mach.) Same as Shaper.

   To shape one's self, to prepare; to make ready. [Obs.]
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            I will early shape me therefor.       --Chaucer.
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