[ mohld ]
/ moʊld /
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
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Also especially British, mould.
Origin of mold1
1175–1225; (noun) Middle English molde < Old French modle < Latin modulus module; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun
OTHER WORDS FROM moldmold·a·ble, mould·a·ble, adjectivemold·a·bil·i·ty, mould·a·bil·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for moldability
/ (məʊld) /
the US spelling of mould 1
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Scientific definitions for moldability
[ 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 moldability
see cast in the same mold.
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