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molder

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[mohl-der]
verb (used without object)
  1. to turn to dust by natural decay; crumble; disintegrate; waste away: a house that had been left to molder.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to molder.
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Also especially British, mould·er.

Origin of molder

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1525–35; obsolete mold to crumble (v. use of mold3) + -er6
Related formsun·mold·ered; especially British, un·mould·ered, adjectiveun·mold·er·ing; especially British, un·mould·er·ing, adjective
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Historical Examples of moulder

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for moulder

moulder

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US molder

verb
  1. (often foll by away) to crumble or cause to crumble, as through decay
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Word Origin for moulder

C16: verbal use of mould ³

moulder

2

US molder

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

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

see molder. Related: Mouldered; mouldering.

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molder

v.

also moulder, "to crumble away," 1530s, probably frequentative of mold (n.3) "loose earth." Related: Moldered; moldering.

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molder

n.

also moulder, mid-15c., "one who molds or forms," agent noun from mold (v.). From late 13c. as a surname.

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