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[mohl-der] /ˈmoʊl dər/
verb (used without object)
to turn to dust by natural decay; crumble; disintegrate; waste away:
a house that had been left to molder.
verb (used with object)
to cause to molder.
Also, especially British, moulder.
Origin of molder1
1525-35; obsolete mold to crumble (v. use of mold3) + -er6
Related forms
unmoldered; especially British, unmouldered, adjective
unmoldering; especially British, unmouldering, adjective


[mohl-der] /ˈmoʊl dər/
a person or thing that molds.
a person who makes molds.
Printing. one of a set of electrotyped plates used only for making duplicate electrotypes (contrasted with worker).
1400-50; late Middle English; see mold1, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • My shword, red as a radish shkin, Ne'er finds the time to molder; Shee how it shleeps its sheath within!

    The Little Clay Cart (Attributed To) King Shudraka
  • The journalist is both a news gatherer and a molder of thought.

    The Price of a Soul William Jennings Bryan
  • During that time they must be turned once or twice every day, lest they should putrefy or molder.

  • I have work in a foundry as a molder helper and has lots of experense at that.

  • With a last strange look at molder she retired into the glitter of the crowded larger room.

    The Pretty Lady Arnold E. Bennett
  • Christine felt that molder would have danced better two hours earlier; but still he danced beautifully.

    The Pretty Lady Arnold E. Bennett
  • No longer could the molder in Albany be indifferent to the fate of his fellow craftsman in Louisville.

  • As an accoucheur of brains, a molder of intellects, I had no claim even to bread and cheese.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • It is better to die a noble death, than to molder away too much in love with the light life.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
British Dictionary definitions for molder


verb, noun
the US spelling of moulder1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for molder

also moulder, "to crumble away," 1530s, probably frequentative of mold (n.3) "loose earth." Related: Moldered; moldering.


also moulder, mid-15c., "one who molds or forms," agent noun from mold (v.). From late 13c. as a surname.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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