- a hollow form or matrix for giving a particular shape to something in a molten or plastic state.
- the shape created or imparted to a thing by a mold.
- something formed in or on a mold: a mold of jelly.
- a frame on which something is formed or made.
- shape or form.
- a prototype, example, or precursor.
- a distinctive nature, character, or type: a person of a simple mold.
- a three-dimensional pattern used to shape a plate after it has been softened by heating.
- a template for a frame.
- a molding.
- a group of moldings.
- to work into a required shape or form; shape.
- to shape or form in or on a mold.
- Metallurgy. to form a mold of or from, in order to make a casting.
- to produce by or as if by shaping material; form.
- to have influence in determining or forming: to mold the character of a child.
- to ornament with moldings.
Origin of mold1
- a growth of minute fungi forming on vegetable or animal matter, commonly as a downy or furry coating, and associated with decay or dampness.
- any of the fungi that produce such a growth.
- to become or cause to become overgrown or covered with mold.
Origin of mold2
Examples from the Web for molded
And he used himself as an example of a path that was chosen and molded by the one and only Paul Ryan: the everyman.6 Best Moments From Paul Ryan’s Republican Convention Speech (VIDEO)
Jake Heller, Nina Strochlic
August 30, 2012
It is only in America that a football coach would be honored like that, molded into immortality.Joe Paterno Was a Dictator: Penn State Deserved Its Punishment
July 24, 2012
It could have encapsulated the idea that David Cameron was molded by the Murdochs.The Woman Who Could Bring Down Cameron
May 9, 2012
The shoulders of her restrained black jacket were molded into perfect right angles.Newt Gingrich's Wife Callista's Prissy Style Problem
December 13, 2011
“Those old courses were molded into the land,” he tells The Daily Beast.Donald Trump's Golf Gadfly
October 22, 2011
Then with the hands it is molded over the bottom of the runners.The Long Labrador Trail
Religious systems have only reflected the race-thought; they have not molded it.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
We are concerned, however, only with his career as a social reformer and the forces which molded it.Socialism
Her form is molded and finished in exquisite delicacy of perfection.Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women
George Sumner Weaver
Mitered joints are the only kind suitable for molded frames.Handwork in Wood</p>
- the US spelling of mould 1
Word Origin and History for molded
also moulded, 1680s, past participle adjective from mold (v.).
also mould, "hollow shape," c.1200, originally "fashion, form; nature, native constitution, character," metathesized from Old French modle "model, plan, copy; way, manner" (12c., Modern French moule), from Latin modulum (nominative modulus) "measure, model," diminutive of modus "manner" (see mode (1)). From c.1300 as "pattern or model by which something is shaped or made." To break the mold "render impossible the creation of another" is from 1560s.
also mould, "furry fungus," early 15c., probably from moulde, past participle of moulen "to grow moldy" (early 13c.), related to Old Norse mygla "grow moldy," possibly from Proto-Germanic *(s)muk- indicating "wetness, slipperiness," from PIE *meug- (see mucus). Or it might have evolved from (or been influenced by) Old English molde "loose earth" (see mold (n.3)).
also mould, "loose earth," Old English molde "earth, sand, dust, soil; land, country, world," from Proto-Germanic *mulda (cf. Old Frisian molde "earth, soil," Old Norse mold "earth," Middle Dutch moude, Dutch moude, Old High German molta "dust, earth," Gothic mulda "dust"), from PIE root *mele- "to rub, grind" (see meal (n.2)). Specifically, since late (Christian) Old English, "the earth of the grave."
also mould, mid-14c., "to mix, blend;" late 14c. "to knead, shape," from mold (n.1). Figurative sense (of character, etc.) is from c.1600. Related: Molded; molding.
- Any of various fungi that often form a fuzzy growth (called a mycelium) on the surface of organic matter. Some molds cause food to spoil, but others are beneficial, such as those used to make certain cheeses and those from which antibiotics like penicillin are developed. The molds do not form a distinct phylogenetic grouping but belong to various phyla including the ascomycetes and the zygomycetes. See also slime mold.