in making


the act of a person or thing that makes: The making of a violin requires great skill.
structure; constitution; makeup.
the means or cause of success or advancement: to be the making of someone.
Usually, makings. capacity or potential: He has the makings of a first-rate officer.
material of which something may be made: the makings for a tossed salad.
Older Slang. paper and tobacco with which to make a hand-rolled cigarette.
something made.
the quantity made: a making of butter.
in the making, in the process of being made; developing or evolving; growing: Our space scientists see history in the making.

before 1150; Middle English; Old English macung. See make1, -ing1

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making (ˈmeɪkɪŋ)
1.  a.  the act of a person or thing that makes or the process of being made
 b.  (in combination): watchmaking
2.  be the making of to cause the success of
3.  in the making in the process of becoming or being made: a politician in the making
4.  something made or the quantity of something made at one time
5.  make-up; composition

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Word Origin & History

O.E. macian, from W.Gmc. *makojanan (cf. O.S. makon, O.Fris. makia "to build, make," M.Du. maken, O.H.G. mahhon, Ger. machen), from PIE *mag- "to knead, mix, make" (see may). Sense evolution probably is via prehistoric houses built of mud. Gradually replaced the main O.E. word,
gewyrcan (see work). Meaning "to arrive at" (a place), first attested 1620s, originally was nautical. Formerly used in many places where specific verbs now are used, e.g. to make Latin (c.1500) "to write Latin compositions." This broader usage survives in some phrases, e.g. to make water "to urinate," to make a book "arrange a series of bets" (1828), make hay "to turn over mown grass to expose it to sun." Make do "manage with what is available" is attested from 1899. Make time "go fast" is 1887; make tracks in this sense is from 1834. Make the grade is 1912, perhaps from the notion of railway engines going up an incline. Phrase on the make "intent on profit or advancement" is from 1869. To make a federal case out of (something) popularized in 1959 movie "Anatomy of a Murder;" to make an offer (one) can't refuse is from Mario Puzo's 1969 novel "The Godfather." To make (one's) day is from 1909; menacing make my day is from 1971, popularized by Clint Eastwood in film "Sudden Impact" (1983). Related: Making.

"match, mate, companion" (now archaic or dial.), from O.E. gemaca, from P.Gmc. *gamakon-, related to gemæca "one of a pair, mate, consort," gemæcc "well-matched, suitable," macian "to make" (see make (v.)).
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