Meaning of MOLD in English

mold 1

— moldable , adj. — moldability , n.

/mohld/ , n.

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.

a. a three-dimensional pattern used to shape a plate after it has been softened by heating.

b. a template for a frame.

9. Archit.

a. a molding.

b. a group of moldings.


10. to work into a required shape or form; shape.

11. to shape or form in or on a mold.

12. Metall. to form a mold of or from, in order to make a casting.

13. to produce by or as if by shaping material; form.

14. to have influence in determining or forming: to mold the character of a child.

15. to ornament with moldings.

Also, esp. Brit., mould .

[ 1175-1225; (n.) ME molde modle modulus MODULE; (v.) ME, deriv. of the n. ]

mold 2

/mohld/ , n.

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.

v.t. , v.i.

3. to become or cause to become overgrown or covered with mold.

Also, esp. Brit., mould .

[ 1150-1200; late ME mowlde, appar. n. use of var. of earlier mowled, ptp. of moulen, mawlen to grow moldy, c. dial. Dan mugle ]

mold 3

/mohld/ , n.

1. loose, friable earth, esp. when rich in organic matter and favorable to the growth of plants.

2. Brit. Dial. ground; earth.

Also, esp. Brit., mould .

[ bef. 900; ME, OE molde earth, dust, ground; c. Goth mulda dust; akin to MEAL 2 , MILL 1 ]

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