- Rhymes: -eɪpɪŋ
shaping (plural shapings)
- The action of the verb to shape.
- 1996, Mike Michael, Constructing Identities: The Social, the Nonhuman and Change:
- In contrast to the (to be sure, productive) shapings and constrainings of human identities in the sociotechnical network, here we have an expansion of identity.
- (psychology) A method of positive reinforcement of behaviour patterns in a series of steps in operant conditioning.
- 2015, Ilona Rodan; Sarah Heath, editors, Feline Behavioral Health and Welfare, Elsevier Health Sciences, →ISBN, page 51:
- In general, it's a good idea to know ahead of time what your shaping steps will be and try to get 80% to 100% correct trials during the shaping steps an repeat each step for only 5 to 10 trials in a row.
From Middle English shapinge, shapende, schapende, schappande, from Old English sċyppende, sċeppende, from Proto-West Germanic *skappjandī, from Proto-Germanic *skapjandz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *skapjaną (“to form, shape, create”), equivalent to shape + -ing.