Meaning of MOULD in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ moʊld ]

( moulds, moulding, moulded)

Note: in AM, use 'mold'


A mould is a hollow container that you pour liquid into. When the liquid becomes solid, it takes the same shape as the mould.

Spoon the mixture carefully into the mould...

...jelly moulds.



If a person fits into or is cast in a mould of a particular kind, they have the characteristics, attitudes, behaviour, or lifestyle that are typical of that type of person.

He was from the same mould as the men she had gazed at worshipfully when a child: rich, handsome, of impeccable social standing.

N-COUNT : usu with supp

If you say that someone breaks the mould , you mean that they do completely different things from what has been done before or from what is usually done.

Memorial services have become tedious and expected. I would like to help break the mould...

PHRASE : V inflects


If you mould a soft substance such as plastic or clay, you make it into a particular shape or into an object.

Using 2 spoons, mould the cheese mixture into small balls or ovals...

VERB : V n into n


To mould someone or something means to change or influence them over a period of time so that they develop in a particular way.

She was only 17 at the time and the experience moulded her personality...

Too often we try to mold our children into something they do not wish to be.

= form, shape

VERB : V n , V n into n


When something moulds to an object or when you mould it there, it fits round the object tightly so that the shape of the object can still be seen.

You need a malleable pillow that will mould to the curves of your neck...

She stood there, the wind moulding the dress around her.

VERB : V to/around/round n , V n around/round/to n


Mould is a soft grey, green, or blue substance that sometimes forms in spots on old food or on damp walls or clothes.


see also leaf mould

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