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molder1

[mohl-der] /ˈmoʊl dər/
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)
2.
to cause to molder.
Also, especially British, moulder.
Origin of molder1
1525-1535
1525-35; obsolete mold to crumble (v. use of mold3) + -er6
Related forms
unmoldered; especially British, unmouldered, adjective
unmoldering; especially British, unmouldering, adjective
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Examples from the Web for moulder
Historical Examples
  • The flesh, clad with which he walked our earth, may moulder in the vaults beneath.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • Phidias the moulder had, as has before been said, undertaken to make the statue of Athena.

  • I am the wax within the moulder's hands, and as thou dost fashion me so I shall be.

    Cleopatra H. Rider Haggard
  • There, then, was the place where he too was to lie and moulder in the dust.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • "Come up along side of me, old fellow," moulder said to Snengkeld.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • "I'll lend, it you," said moulder, putting his hand into his trousers-pockets.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • He was a young man just commencing his travels, and stood in awe of the great moulder.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • "The lawyer, as you call him, will have to leave the room," said moulder.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • "He must leave the room, or I shall leave the house," said moulder.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • "I keep a little account for charity at home," said moulder.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for moulder

moulder1

/ˈməʊldə/
verb
1.
(often foll by away) to crumble or cause to crumble, as through decay
Word Origin
C16: verbal use of mould³

moulder2

/ˈməʊldə/
noun
1.
a person who moulds or makes moulds
2.
(printing) one of the set of electrotypes used for making duplicates

molder

/ˈməʊldə/
verb, noun
1.
the US spelling of moulder1
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Word Origin and History for moulder

see molder. Related: Mouldered; mouldering.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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