- 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.
- 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.
Origin of mold1
- 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.
- to become or cause to become overgrown or covered with mold.
Origin of mold2
Related Words for mouldingfashion, divide, hack, chisel, shape, slice, engrave, etch, mold, sculpt, trim, cleave, hew, indent, form, pattern, chip, stipple, tool, incise
Examples from the Web for moulding
Contemporary Examples of 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
September 30, 2013
Historical Examples of moulding
Moreover he made pottery, moulding the clay with his hand, and baking it in a fire.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
He had not been born right, and he had not been helped any by the moulding he had received at the hands of society.White Fang
The plastic fingers were at work about her, moulding her into what she must be as a woman.A Spirit in Prison
None so humble but he has his share in moulding the destiny of the race.
Inside was a large room in which fifty workers were carving or moulding.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
- a shaped outline, esp one used on cornices, etc
- a shaped strip made of wood, stone, etc
- something moulded
- the US spelling of mould 1
Word Origin and History for moulding
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.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with moulding
see cast in the same mold.