noun \ˈmōl-diŋ\

: a strip of material (such as wood or metal) with some design or pattern that is used as a decoration on a wall, on the edge of a table, etc.

Full Definition of MOLDING

:  an object produced by molding
a :  a decorative recessed or relieved surface
b :  a decorative plane or curved strip used for ornamentation or finishing

Examples of MOLDING

  1. The house has beautiful moldings around its doors and windows.

Illustration of MOLDING

First Known Use of MOLDING

14th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Rhymes with MOLDING


noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MOLDING

: an act or process of molding; specifically : the shaping of the fetal head to allow it to pass through the birth canal during parturition

Variants of MOLDING

mold·ing or chiefly British mould·ing \ˈmōl-diŋ\


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Examples of common molding styles.—© Merriam-Webster Inc.

In architecture and the decorative arts, a defining, transitional, or terminal element that serves to contour or outline edges and surfaces. The surface of a molding may be plain or modeled with recesses and reliefs, which either maintain a constant profile along its length or are set in rhythmically repeated patterns. Types of flat or angular moldings are the fascia, chamfer (or bevel), and fillet (narrow band). Single curved moldings include the cavetto (concave, with a quarter-circle profile), scotia (deep concave), flute (grooved), ovolo (convex, with a quarter-circle profile), torus (semicircular convex), roll (rounded convex), and astragal (narrow semicircular convex). Among the most common compound moldings are the projecting, double-curved cyma recta or ogee, often used as a crown molding, and the cyma reversa, used for crown or base. The profiles of moldings are traditionally enhanced by flower or leaf forms, geometric motifs, or spirals.


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