Mold meaning

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Something that is made in or shaped on a mold.
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A hollow form or matrix for shaping a fluid or plastic substance.
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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.

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The shape or pattern of a mold.
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A frame or model around or on which something is formed or shaped.
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General shape or form.

The oval mold of her face.

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Distinctive character or type.

A leader in the mold of her predecessors.

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A fixed or restrictive pattern or form.

A method of scientific investigation that broke the mold and led to a new discovery.

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To fit closely by following the contours of (the body). Used of clothing.
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To assume a certain shape.

Shoes that gradually molded to my feet.

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Any of various other saprophytic or parasitic organisms that resemble fungi, such as slime molds or water molds.
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To become moldy.
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Loose friable soil, rich in humus and fit for planting.
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Earth as the substance of the human body.
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A pattern, hollow form, or matrix for giving a certain shape to something in a plastic or molten state.
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A frame, shaped core, etc. on or around which something is modeled.
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A pattern after which something is formed; model.
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Something formed or shaped in or on, or as if in or on, a mold; often, specif., a gelatin dessert, aspic, etc. so prepared.
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Distinctive character or nature.

Men of his mold.

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A molding or group of moldings.
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To make or shape in or on, or as if in or on, a mold.
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To work into a certain form or shape; shape.
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To have a strong or important influence on (public opinion, thought, etc.)
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To fit closely to the outline or contours of.
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To ornament by or with molding.
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To make a mold of or from in order to make a casting.
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A downy or furry growth on the surface of organic matter, caused by fungi, esp. in the presence of dampness or decay.
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Any fungus producing such a growth.
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Any plant disease, as snowmold, caused by such fungus.
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To make or become moldy.
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Loose, soft, easily worked soil, esp. when rich with decayed animal or vegetable matter and good for growing plants.
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Earth or ground.
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A frame around which something is formed or shaped.
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The shape of an artificial tooth or teeth.
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To change in shape. Used especially of the adaptation of the fetal head to the pelvic canal.
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Any of various filamentous fungi, generally a circular colony having a woolly or furry appearance, that grow on the surface of organic matter and contribute to its disintegration.
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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.
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(law) Abbreviation of Moldova.
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A frame or model around or on which something is formed or shaped.
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Something that is made in or shaped on a mold.
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The shape or pattern of a mold.
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General shape or form.

The oval mold of her face.

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A leader in the mold of her predecessors.

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His method of scientific investigation broke the mold and led to a new discovery.

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(architecture) A group of moldings.

The arch mold of a porch or doorway; the pier mold of a Gothic pier, meaning the whole profile, section, or combination of parts.

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(anatomy) A fontanelle.
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To shape in or on a mold.
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To form into a particular shape; to give shape to.
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To guide or determine the growth or development of; influence; as, a teacher who helps to mold the minds of his students.
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To fit closely by following the contours of.
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To make a mold of or from (molten metal, for example) before casting.
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To ornament with moldings.
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(intransitive) To be shaped in or as if in a mold.

These shoes gradually molded to my feet.

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A natural substance in the form of a woolly or furry growth of tiny fungi that appears when organic material lies for a long time exposed to (usually warm and moist) air.
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To cause to become moldy; to cause mold to grow upon.
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(intransitive) To become moldy; to be covered or filled, in whole or in part, with a mold.
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Loose friable soil, rich in humus and fit for planting.
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To cover with mold or soil.
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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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Origin of mold

  • Middle English molde from Old French modle, molle from Latin modulus diminutive of modus measure med- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English moulde probably from past participle of moulen to grow moldy from Old Norse mygla
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English from Old English molde melə- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English mowlde, noun use and alteration of mowled, past participle of moulen, mawlen (“to grow moldy"), from Old Norse mygla (compare dialectal Danish mugle), from Proto-Germanic *muglōnÄ…, diminutive and denominative of *mukiz 'soft substance' (compare Old Norse myki, mykr (“cow dung")), from Proto-Indo-European *meuk- 'slick, soft'. More at muck and meek.
    From Wiktionary
  • From Old English molde, from Proto-Germanic *muldō "˜dirt, soil' (compare Old Frisian molde, Middle Dutch moude, Dutch moude, obsolete German Molte, Norwegian mold), from Proto-Indo-European *mlÌ¥-tā (compare Old Irish moll "˜bran', Lithuanian mìltai "˜flour'), from *mel- (compare English meal). More at meal.
    From Wiktionary
  • Via Middle English and Old French, from Latin modulus
    From Wiktionary