- Mold is a form or a container used to give shape to something.
An example of a mold is a container into which you pour soft Jello so it will assume the specific shape of the container.
- Mold is defined as a growth of fungus that occurs on food or in a home or other moist warm conditions.
An example of mold is a fungus that has grown on bread left in a damp environment.
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- a pattern, hollow form, or matrix for giving a certain shape to something in a plastic or molten state
- a frame, shaped core, etc. on or around which something is modeled
- a pattern after which something is formed; model
- something formed or shaped in or on, or as if in or on, a mold; often, specif., a gelatin dessert, aspic, etc. so prepared
- the form or shape given by a mold
- form or shape in general
- distinctive character or nature: men of his mold
- Archit. a molding or group of moldings
Origin: Middle English moolde from Old French molle, earlier modle from Classical Latin modulus: see module
- to make or shape in or on, or as if in or on, a mold
- to work into a certain form or shape; shape
- to have a strong or important influence on (public opinion, thought, etc.)
- to fit closely to the outline or contours of
- to ornament by or with molding
- to make a mold of or from in order to make a casting
- a downy or furry growth on the surface of organic matter, caused by fungi, esp. in the presence of dampness or decay
- any fungus producing such a growth
- any plant disease, as snowmold, caused by such fungus
Origin: Middle English moul, mowlde, mold, mildew from or akin to Old Norse mygla from Indo-European base an unverified form meug-, an unverified form meuk-: see meek; spelling, spelled probably influenced, influence by mold
Origin: < ME moulen (with unhistoric -d-
- loose, soft, easily worked soil, esp. when rich with decayed animal or vegetable matter and good for growing plants
- Archaic earth or ground
Origin: Middle English mold from Old English molde, dust, ground, earth, akin to Gothic mulda from Indo-European base an unverified form mel-, to rub away, grind from source Classical Latin molere, to grind, mill
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- A hollow form or matrix for shaping a fluid or plastic substance.
- A frame or model around or on which something is formed or shaped.
- Something that is made in or shaped on a mold.
- The shape or pattern of a mold.
- General shape or form: the oval mold of her face.
- Distinctive character or type: a leader in the mold of her predecessors.
- A fixed or restrictive pattern or form: a method of scientific investigation that broke the mold and led to a new discovery.
- Architecture See molding.
- To shape in or on a mold.
- a. To form into a particular shape; give shape to.b. To guide or determine the growth or development of; influence: a teacher who helps to mold the minds of his students.
- To fit closely by following the contours of.
- To make a mold of or from (molten metal, for example) before casting.
- To ornament with moldings.
Origin: Middle English molde, from Old French modle, molle, from Latin modulus, diminutive of modus, measure; see med- in Indo-European roots.
- moldˈa·ble adjective
- moldˈer noun
- Any of various fungi that often cause disintegration of organic matter.
- The growth of such fungi.
Origin: Middle English moulde, probably from past participle of moulen, to grow moldy, from Old Norse mygla.
- Loose friable soil, rich in humus and fit for planting.
- Chiefly British a. The earth; the ground.b. The earth of the grave.
- Archaic Earth as the substance of the human body.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English molde; see melə- in Indo-European roots.
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