- 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
- loose, friable earth, especially when rich in organic matter and favorable to the growth of plants.
- British Dialect. ground; earth.
Origin of mold3
Related Words for moldcavity, forge, construct, sculpt, sort, impression, kind, matrix, nature, stamp, die, frame, character, class, cast, shape, design, lot, model, type
Examples from the Web for mold
Contemporary Examples of mold
Headmasters are in a unique position of power to mold the minds of impressionable young students.Headmasters Behaving Badly
November 29, 2014
One can think of a few American commentators who fit into that mold.Digital Doublethink: Playing Truth or Dare with Putin, Assad and ISIS
Christopher Dickey, Anna Nemtsova
November 16, 2014
National Republicans see her in the mold of moderates like Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, but Democrats disagree.Koch Brothers Bail Out GOP Senate Hopeful in Oregon
August 25, 2014
On an issue like Syria, Cruz remains in the Kirkpatrick mold.How Ted Cruz Trolls Obama’s Foreign Policy
July 29, 2014
Square-jawed and muscular—in snapshots he looks like Channing Tatum in camo—Gibbs seemed to fit the mold of the ideal soldier.‘Kill Team’: The Documentary the Army Doesn’t Want You to See
July 26, 2014
Historical Examples of mold
When he turned he saw, to his horror, Gunga about to smash into the mold with his ax.
They should have gone into the mold in proper relation to each other.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
At the age of thirteen he had taken his fortune in his own hand, and was about to mold it as best he might.Paul Prescott's Charge
The cellar had only a mud bottom and this was covered with slime and mold.The Rover Boys on the Farm
Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
It will be well to look at them occasionally to see that they do not get too dry nor be so damp as to mold.Walnut Growing in Oregon
- the US spelling of mould 1
Word Origin and History for mold
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.
Idioms and Phrases with mold
see cast in the same mold.