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molder1

[mohl-der]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to turn to dust by natural decay; crumble; disintegrate; waste away: a house that had been left to molder.
verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to molder.
Also especially British, mould·er.

Origin of molder1

1525–35; obsolete mold to crumble (v. use of mold3) + -er6
Related formsun·mold·ered; especially British, un·mould·ered, adjectiveun·mold·er·ing; especially British, un·mould·er·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for moldering

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Historical Examples

  • In the vast Turkish cemeteries there were moldering bodies innumerable.

    In the Wilderness

    Robert Hichens

  • I stepped at once into, surely, some moldering century long hidden in the dark womb of the forgotten past.

    The Spell of Egypt

    Robert Hichens

  • No moldering horror met my gaze—no blanched or decaying bones; no grinning skull mocked me with its hollow eye-sockets.

    Vendetta

    Marie Corelli

  • The thought of that coffin moved me to a stern smile—that splintered, damp, and moldering wood must speak for itself by and by.

    Vendetta

    Marie Corelli

  • A score of people might have amused themselves wandering about among the moldering tombs, as the church-yard is free to all.

    Bats in the Wall

    P. T. Raymond


British Dictionary definitions for moldering

molder

verb, noun
  1. the US spelling of moulder 1
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Word Origin and History for moldering

molder

v.

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

molder

n.

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

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