mold·ing | \ˈmōl-diŋ \

Definition of molding 

1 : an object produced by molding

2a : a decorative recessed or relieved surface

b : a decorative plane or curved strip used for ornamentation or finishing

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molding 2a: 1 fillet and fascia, 2 torus, 3 reeding, 4 cavetto, 5 scotia, 6 congé, 7 beak

Examples of molding in a Sentence

The house has beautiful moldings around its doors and windows.

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That sitting area also features gorgeous inlay and moldings. Shannon Rooney,, "Multimillion-dollar homes in Philly with can't-be-missed ceilings," 16 May 2018 All the rooms have the common thread of gray, and all the moldings and trim are painted the same shade of taupe, yet each room has a unique vibrancy. Lisa Cregan, House Beautiful, "Kristin Kong on Decorating a Young Family's Elegant House," 2 Mar. 2015 Papachristidis fashioned geometric moldings and mantels inspired by the designs of the 20th-century French modernist Jean-Michel Frank. Nancy Haas, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: New York's Museum Mile Has Nothing On This Art Aficionado's Personal Collection," 17 Nov. 2017 Over turkey sandwiches Trump and Kluge interview prospective employees and discuss moldings and wood samples for the event space, as well as the menu for wine pairings in the tasting room. Marcia Desanctis, Town & Country, "The Strange Saga of Trump Winery," 14 Oct. 2016 Restorations brought the 1930s home up to date, but the 3,749-square-foot interior still features original plaster moldings and a tongue-and-groove ceiling over the family room. Jack Flemming,, "‘Glee’ actress Naya Rivera rocks a home sale in Los Feliz," 6 July 2018 Throughout the house the Victorian era is in evidence in the wainscoting, moldings and occasional octagonal windows with stained glass that are original to the home. Joan Walden,, "288 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury," 21 June 2018 Writer Domee Shi, the first woman to direct a Pixar short, was inspired by her own experiences as a child molding and cooking the Chinese dumplings with her mother. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Here's the Tasty Recipe for the Bao From Pixar's Charming New Short Bao," 14 June 2018 De Rougé lifted his laptop so that the Inserras could get a better look at the room’s pistachio-colored moldings. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "A Facebook Invite to a French Château," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of molding

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of molding

: 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.


mold·ing | \ˈmōl-diŋ \

Kids Definition of molding

: a strip of material having a design and used as a decoration (as on a wall or the edge of a table)


variants: or chiefly British moulding \ˈmōl-diŋ \

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 childbirth

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