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molding

[mohl-ding]
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noun
  1. the act or process of molding.
  2. something molded.
  3. a strip of contoured wood or other material placed just below the juncture of a wall and a ceiling.
  4. Architecture, Furniture.
    1. any of various long, narrow, ornamental surfaces that are either continuous or discontinuous, with uniform cross sections for the full length and a strikingly modeled profile that casts strong shadows: used on frames, tables, etc., and certain architectural members, as cornices, stringcourses, or bases.
    2. a strip of wood, stone, etc., having such a surface.
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Origin of molding

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at mold1, -ing1

mold

1
[mohld]
noun
  1. a hollow form or matrix for giving a particular shape to something in a molten or plastic state.
  2. the shape created or imparted to a thing by a mold.
  3. something formed in or on a mold: a mold of jelly.
  4. a frame on which something is formed or made.
  5. shape or form.
  6. a prototype, example, or precursor.
  7. a distinctive nature, character, or type: a person of a simple mold.
  8. Shipbuilding.
    1. a three-dimensional pattern used to shape a plate after it has been softened by heating.
    2. a template for a frame.
  9. Architecture.
    1. a molding.
    2. a group of moldings.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to work into a required shape or form; shape.
  2. to shape or form in or on a mold.
  3. Metallurgy. to form a mold of or from, in order to make a casting.
  4. to produce by or as if by shaping material; form.
  5. to have influence in determining or forming: to mold the character of a child.
  6. to ornament with moldings.
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Also especially British, mould.

Origin of mold

1
1175–1225; (noun) Middle English molde < Old French modle < Latin modulus module; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun
Related formsmold·a·ble, mould·a·ble, adjectivemold·a·bil·i·ty, mould·a·bil·i·ty, noun

mold

2
[mohld]
noun
  1. a growth of minute fungi forming on vegetable or animal matter, commonly as a downy or furry coating, and associated with decay or dampness.
  2. any of the fungi that produce such a growth.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to become or cause to become overgrown or covered with mold.
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Also especially British, mould.

Origin of mold

2
1150–1200; late Middle English mowlde, apparently noun use of variant of earlier mowled, past participle of moulen, mawlen to grow moldy, cognate with dialectal Danish mugle
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Related Words for molding

decoration, embellishment, frieze, making, modeling, creating, casting, shaping

Examples from the Web for molding

Contemporary Examples of molding

Historical Examples of molding

  • It was simply a coppery glow, marvelously delicate, molding her face.

  • You might touch the clay that a sculptor is molding and make it elastic.

    Common Science

    Carleton W. Washburne

  • This is also surmounted by an overhanging cap and a molding.

  • It is a type of molding which should not be used with any other pronounced type of molding.

  • Her hands lightly caught the molding on either side of the door.

    The Coast of Chance

    Esther Chamberlain


British Dictionary definitions for molding

molding

noun
  1. the US spelling of moulding
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mold

noun, verb
  1. the US spelling of mould 1
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Word Origin and History for molding

n.

also moulding, early 14c., "act of kneading," from mold (n.1). Architectural sense is from mid-15c.; carpentry sense is from 1670s.

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mold

n.1

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.

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mold

n.2

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)).

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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."

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mold

v.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

molding in Science

mold

[mōld]
  1. 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 molding

mold

see cast in the same mold.

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