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mold

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noun \ˈmōld\

Definition of mold

  1. 1 :  crumbling soft friable earth suited to plant growth :  soil; especially :  soil rich in humus — compare leaf mold

  2. 2 dial British a :  the surface of the earth :  ground b :  the earth of the burying ground

  3. 3 archaic :  earth that is the substance of the human body <be merciful great Duke to men of mold — Shakespeare>



Origin of mold

Middle English, from Old English molde; akin to Old High German molta soil, Latin molere to grind — more at meal


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with mold


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mold

noun

Definition of mold

  1. 1 :  distinctive nature or character :  type

  2. 2 :  the frame on or around which an object is constructed

  3. 3 a :  a cavity in which a substance is shaped: as (1) :  a matrix for casting metal <a bullet mold> (2) :  a form in which food is given a decorative shape b :  a molded object

  4. 4 :  molding

  5. 5 a obsolete :  an example to be followed b :  prototype c :  a fixed pattern :  design



Origin of mold

Middle English, from Anglo-French molde, alteration of Old French modle, from Latin modulus, diminutive of modus measure — more at mete


First Known Use: 13th century


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mold

verb

Definition of mold

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to knead (dough) into a desired consistency or shape

  3. 2 :  to give shape to <the wind molds the waves>

  4. 3 :  to form in a mold <mold candles>

  5. 4 :  to determine or influence the quality or nature of <mold public opinion>

  6. 5 :  to fit the contours of <fitted skirts that mold the hips>

  7. 6 :  to ornament with molding or carving <molded picture frames>

mold·able play \ˈmōl-də-bəl\ adjective
mold·er noun


14th Century

First Known Use of mold

14th century


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mold

noun

Definition of mold

  1. 1 :  a superficial often woolly growth produced especially on damp or decaying organic matter or on living organisms by a fungus (as of the order Mucorales)

  2. 2 :  a fungus that produces mold



Origin of mold

Middle English mowlde, perhaps alteration of mowle, from moulen to grow moldy, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Danish mul mold


First Known Use: 14th century


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mold

verb

Definition of mold

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become moldy



1530

First Known Use of mold

1530


Mold

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geographical name \ˈmōld\

Definition of Mold

  1. town NE Wales SSW of Liverpool, England






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