mold·​ing | \ ˈmōl-diŋ How to pronounce molding (audio) \

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Carefully pry up the shoe molding using a thin pry bar. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips for Installing Laminate Flooring," 26 Jan. 2017 Bay windows, French doors and molding may remain, but a contemporary fixture might hang where there once was a formal crystal chandelier. Janet Eastman,, "On the market: Homes built a century ago (photos)," 13 Jan. 2018 Coco Chanel's apartment is a marvel, thanks to its woodwork, its moldings, and high ceilings. Roxanne Robinson, ELLE Decor, "You Can Now Buy the Incredibly Chic Lighting at the Coco Chanel Apartment in Paris," 25 Sep. 2018 Three-dimensional molding would be one asset, adding the investment would take upward of $2 million. Rosemary Feitelberg | Wwd,, "Mushroom-made fashion authority Aniela Hoitink talks global change-sparked innovation," 29 May 2018 Think about those extra details, like a paint stripe below the molding or a two-tone trim. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "5 Restaurant Design Trends Making Their Way Into Your Home Now," 17 Aug. 2018 The decorative ceiling moldings in the long entrance hall were stripped out and replaced with soft white vaults. William Middleton, Town & Country, "How the De Menil Family Raised Good Taste to an Art Form," 7 Mar. 2018 Even still, the molding process can require experimentation. Claire Martin, New York Times, "Bringing Ballet Pros Relief, Down to the Tips of Their Toes," 12 Jan. 2018 The sneakers come in a white colorway with gold details and a molding of a roaring lion baring its teeth at the heel. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "LeBron James Teams Up With Harlem's Fashion Row on New Nike Sneakers, Inspired by Strong African-American Women," 5 Sep. 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 How to pronounce molding (audio) \

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 How to pronounce moulding (audio) \

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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