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Meaning of mold by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Cast and mold

    Alternative forms


    mŏld, mōld

    Etymology 1

    Via Middle English and Old French, from Latin modulus


    mold ( plural: molds )

    1. A hollow form or matrix for shaping a fluid or plastic substance.W
    2. A frame or model around or on which something is formed or shaped .
    3. Something that is made in or shaped on a mold .
    4. The shape or pattern of a mold .
    5. General shape or form .
      the oval mold of her face
    6. Distinctive character or type .
      a leader in the mold of her predecessors
    7. A fixed or restrictive pattern or form
      His method of scientific investigation broke the mold and led to a new discovery .
    8. ( architecture ) See molding .
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    mold ( third-person singular simple present molds present participle molding, simple past and past participle molded )

    1. ( transitive ) To shape in or on a mold .
    2. ( transitive ) To form into a particular shape; to give shape to.
    3. ( transitive ) To guide or determine the growth or development of; influence; as, a teacher who helps to mold the minds of his students
    4. ( transitive ) To fit closely by following the contours of .
    5. ( transitive ) To make a mold of or from ( molten metal, for example ) before casting .
    6. ( transitive ) To ornament with moldings .
    7. ( intransitive ) To be shaped in or as if in a mold .
      These shoes gradually molded to my feet .

    Etymology 2

    Penicillium mold on mandarin oranges

    From Middle English mowlde, noun use and alteration of mowled, past participle of moulen, mawlen 'to grow moldy', from Old Norse mygla 'id.' ( compare Danish dialect mugle 'id.' ), from Proto-Germanic *muglōnan, diminutive and denominative of *mukiz 'soft substance' ( compare Old Norse myki, mykr 'cow dung' ), from Proto-Indo-European *meuk- 'slick, soft'. More at muck and meek .


    mold ( plural: molds )

    1. A natural substance in the form of a woolly or furry growth of tiny fungi that appears when organic material lies for a long time exposed to ( usually warm and moist ) air .
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    See also
    • mildew

    Etymology 3

    From Old English molde, from Proto-Germanic *muldō ‘dirt, soil’ ( compare Old Frisian molde, Middle Dutch moude, Dutch moude, obsolete German Molte, Norwegian mold ), from Proto-Indo-European *ml̥-tā ( compare Old Irish moll ‘bran’, Lithuanian mìltai ‘flour’ ), from *mel- ( compare English meal ). More at meal .


    mold ( plural: molds )

    1. Loose friable soil, rich in humus and fit for planting .
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Explanation of mold by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. become moldy

    2. The furniture molded in the old house
    3. shape or influence

    4. mold public opinion
    5. fit tightly, follow the contours of

    6. The dress molds her beautiful figure
    7. make something, usually for a specific function

    8. She molded the rice balls carefully
    9. form by pouring ( e.g., wax or hot metal ) into a cast or mold

    10. form in clay, wax, etc

    1. container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens

    2. sculpture produced by molding

    3. a distinctive nature, character, or type

    4. a leader in the mold of her predecessors
    5. a dish or dessert that is formed in or on a mold

    6. a lobster mold
      a gelatin dessert made in a mold
    7. a fungus that produces a superficial growth on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter

    8. the process of becoming mildewed

    9. the distinctive form in which a thing is made

    10. loose soil rich in organic matter

    Definition of mold by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Mold n. [See Mole a spot.] A spot; a blemish; a mole. [Obs.] Spenser.

    2. Mold, Mould n. [OE. molde, AS. molde; akin to D. mul, G. mull, mulm, OHG. molt, molta, Icel. mold, Dan. muld, Sw. mull, Goth. mulda, and E. meal flour. See Meal, and cf. Mole an animal, Mull, v.] [The prevalent spelling is, perhaps, mould; but as the u has not been inserted in the other words of this class, as bold, gold, old, cold, etc., it seems desirable to complete the analogy by dropping it from this word, thus spelling it as Spenser, South, and many others did. The omission of the u is now very common in America.]
      1. Crumbling, soft, friable earth; esp., earth containing the remains or constituents of organic matter, and suited to the growth of plants; soil.

      2. Earthy material; the matter of which anything is formed; composing substance; material.

      The etherial mold,

      Incapable of stain. Milton.

      Nature formed me of her softest mold. Addison.

    3. Mold, Mould v. t. [imp. & p. p. Molded or Moulded; p. pr. & vb. n. Molding or Moulding.] To cover with mold or soil. [R.]

    4. Mold, Mould, n. [From the p. p. of OE. moulen to become moldy, to rot, prob. fr. Icel. mygla to grow musty, mugga mugginess; cf. Sw. mögla to grow moldy. See Muggy, and cf. Moldy.] ( Bot. ) A growth of minute fungi of various kinds, esp. those of the great groups Hyphomycetes, and Physomycetes, forming on damp or decaying organic matter.

      ☞ The common blue mold of cheese, the brick-red cheese mold, and the scarlet or orange strata which grow on tubers or roots stored up for use, when commencing to decay, are familiar examples. M. J. Berkley.

    5. Mold, Mould, v. t. To cause to become moldy; to cause mold to grow upon.

    6. Mold, Mould, v. i. To become moldy; to be covered or filled, in whole or in part, with a mold.

    7. Mold, Mould, n. [OE. molde, OF. mole, F. moule, fr. L. modulus. See Model.] [For spelling, see 2d Mold, above.]
      1. The matrix, or cavity, in which anything is shaped, and from which it takes its form; also, the body or mass containing the cavity; as, “a sand mold; a jelly mold.” Milton.

      2. That on which, or in accordance with which, anything is modeled or formed; anything which serves to regulate the size, form, etc., as the pattern or templet used by a shipbuilder, carpenter, or mason.

      The glass of fashion and the mold of form. Shak.

      3. Cast; form; shape; character.

      Crowned with an architrave of antique mold. Pope.

      4. ( Arch. ) A group of moldings; as, “the arch mold of a porch or doorway; the pier mold of a Gothic pier, meaning the whole profile, section, or combination of parts.”

      5. ( Anat. ) A fontanel.

      6. ( Paper Making ) A frame with a wire cloth bottom, on which the pump is drained to form a sheet, in making paper by hand.

    8. Mold, Mould, v. t. [Cf. F. mouler, OF. moler, moller. See Mold the matrix.]
      1. To form into a particular shape; to shape; to model; to fashion.

      He forgeth and moldeth metals. Sir M. Hale.

      Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay

      To mold me man? Milton.

      2. To ornament by molding or carving the material of; as, “a molded window jamb”.

      3. To knead; as, “to mold dough or bread”.

      4. ( Founding ) To form a mold of, as in sand, in which a casting may be made.