Pronunciation: (mā'king),[key] —n. 1. the act of a person or thing that makes: The making of a violin requires great skill. 2. structure; constitution; makeup.
3. the means or cause of success or advancement: to be the making of someone. 4. Usually, makings. capacity or potential: He has the makings of a first-rate officer. 5. makings, a. material of which something may be made: the makings for a tossed salad. b. Older Slang.paper and tobacco with which to make a hand-rolled cigarette.
6. something made.
7. the quantity made: a making of butter. 8. in the making, in the process of being made; developing or evolving; growing: Our space scientists see history in the making.