mold

1
[ mohld ]
/ moʊld /

noun

verb (used with object)

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Also especially British, mould .

Origin of mold

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First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English noun molde, moulde “pattern, model, mold,” from Anglo-French molde, from Old French molle, modle, moule, from Latin modulus “standard unit (of measurement)”; the verb is derivative of the noun; see also mode

OTHER WORDS FROM mold

mold·a·ble, mould·a·ble, adjectivemold·a·bil·i·ty, mould·a·bil·i·ty, noun

Definition for mold (2 of 3)

mold2
[ mohld ]
/ moʊld /

noun

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.

verb (used with or without object)

to become or cause to become overgrown or covered with mold.
Also especially British, mould .

Origin of mold

2
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English moulde, molde, apparently noun use of variant of earlier (i)mouled, moueld, past participle of moule(n), muhlen “to grow moldy, spoil, rot”; from Old Norse; compare Old Icelandic mygla, Swedish mögla, both meaning “to become moldy”

Definition for mold (3 of 3)

mold3
[ mohld ]
/ moʊld /

noun

loose, friable earth, especially when rich in organic matter and favorable to the growth of plants.
British Dialect. ground; earth.
Also especially British, mould .

Origin of mold

3
First recorded before 900; Middle English molde, moulde, mulde “dirt, loose earth, soil; earth or soil of a grave,” Old English molde “dust, sand, earth, the earth”; cognate with Gothic mulda “dust,” Old Icelandic mold “earth, mold,” Old High German molta “dust”; akin to meal2, mill1
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British Dictionary definitions for mold

mold
/ (məʊld) /

noun, verb

the US spelling of mould 1
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Medical definitions for mold (1 of 2)

mold 11
[ mōld ]

n.

A shaped receptacle into which material is pressed or poured in making a cast.
A frame around which something is formed or shaped.
The shape of an artificial tooth or teeth.

v.

To shape a mass of plastic material in or on a mold.
To change in shape. Used especially of the adaptation of the fetal head to the pelvic canal.

Other words from mold 1

molda•ble adj.

Medical definitions for mold (2 of 2)

mold 22
[ mōld ]

n.

Any of various filamentous fungi, generally a circular colony having a woolly or furry appearance, that grow on the surface of organic matter and contribute to its disintegration.
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Scientific definitions for mold

mold
[ mōld ]

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.
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Idioms and Phrases with mold

mold

see cast in the same mold.

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