- 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)
Origin of mold1
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of mold2
Examples from the Web for moulding
Moulding is currently helping a divorcing couple work through the conditions of a prenup they wrote before DOMA was reversed.The Gay Divorce Trap: When Same-Sex Marriage Goes Wrong|Lizzie Crocker|September 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Three or more openings are provided through this moulding material by the insertion of wood or pipe forms.Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting|Harold P. Manly
In the moulding room just now it seems to break all around me, and me crying like a child because the boy was gone.Dr. Jonathan (A Play)|Winston Churchill
The finish of the caique is often extraordinary—finest fret-work and moulding, carved and modelled as for Cleopatra.The World of Waters|Mrs. David Osborne
- a shaped outline, esp one used on cornices, etc
- a shaped strip made of wood, stone, etc
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.
see cast in the same mold.