mold

noun (1)
\ ˈmōld \

Definition of mold 

(Entry 1 of 6)

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

2 dialectal British

a : the surface of the earth : ground

b : the earth of the burying ground

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

mold

noun (2)

Definition of mold (Entry 2 of 6)

1 : distinctive nature or character : type

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

3a : a cavity in which a substance is shaped: such 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 : molding

5a obsolete : an example to be followed

b : prototype

c : a fixed pattern : design

mold

verb (1)
molded; molding; molds

Definition of mold (Entry 3 of 6)

transitive verb

1 : to knead or work (a material, such as dough or clay) into a desired consistency or shape

2 : to give shape to the wind molds the waves

3 : to form in a mold mold candles

4 : to determine or influence the quality or nature of mold public opinion

5 : to fit the contours of fitted skirts that mold the hips

6 : to ornament with molding or carving molded picture frames

mold

noun (3)

Definition of mold (Entry 4 of 6)

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 : a fungus that produces mold

mold

verb (2)
molded; molding; molds

Definition of mold (Entry 5 of 6)

intransitive verb

: to become moldy

Mold

geographical name
\ ˈmōld \

Definition of Mold (Entry 6 of 6)

town in northeastern Wales south-southwest of Liverpool, England population 10,000

Other words from mold

Verb (1)

moldable \ˈmōl-də-bəl \ adjective
molder noun

First Known Use of mold

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mold

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

Noun (3)

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

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mold

noun
\ ˈmōld \

Kids Definition of mold

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : a hollow form in which something is shaped Make a candle by pouring wax in a mold.

2 : something shaped in a mold a mold of gelatin

mold

verb
molded; molding

Kids Definition of mold (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : to work and press into shape We learned how to mold clay.

2 : to shape in a hollow form

3 : to influence or affect the character of Parents try to mold their children into responsible adults.

mold

noun

Kids Definition of mold (Entry 3 of 5)

1 : an often fuzzy surface growth of fungus on damp or decaying material

2 : a fungus that forms mold

mold

verb
molded; molding

Kids Definition of mold (Entry 4 of 5)

: to become moldy The old bread began to mold.

mold

noun

Kids Definition of mold (Entry 5 of 5)

: light rich crumbly earth that contains decaying material

mold

noun
variants: or chiefly British mould \ˈmōld \

Medical Definition of mold 

(Entry 1 of 4)

: a cavity in which a fluid or malleable substance is shaped

variants: or chiefly British mould

Medical Definition of mold (Entry 2 of 4)

: to give shape to especially in a mold

variants: or chiefly British mould

Medical Definition of mold (Entry 3 of 4)

: to become moldy

mold

noun
variants: or chiefly British mould

Medical Definition of mold (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : a superficial often woolly growth produced by a fungus especially on damp or decaying organic matter or on living organisms

2 : a fungus (as of the order Mucorales) that produces mold

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