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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Illustration of molding

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 Check around the window frames' molding for gaps too. Matt Jancer, Wired, "Gear and Tips to Winter-Proof Your Home and Stay Warm," 3 Jan. 2021 After studying engineering management in Washington DC, Nouhra moved to Dubai in 1997 and joined a company specializing in compression molding, a technique used in the automotive industry. Giovanni Prati, CNN, "The snowboard-making giant based in the desert," 28 Dec. 2020 In Wiseman, Kerr has by far his most important molding job to do. Scott Ostler,, "James Wiseman, new kid on the low block, ray of sunshine in Warriors’ dark opener," 22 Dec. 2020 Plastic molding has been around since the 1800s, says Peter Liebhold, a curator and historian of manufacturing at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "How PEZ Evolved From an Anti-Smoking Tool to a Beloved Collector’s Item," 15 Dec. 2020 Twenty-two-year-old Cel Sang of Chicago chose an all-cream palette for her room in her parents’ home, one that didn’t compete with the house’s wood molding. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, "Hygge Is Dead. Get To Know The New Cozy.," 26 Nov. 2020 The primary bedroom is a true retreat, with a sitting area providing molding throughout and views of landscaping. Dallas News, "Cindy O’Gorman showcases amenity-laden estate," 7 Nov. 2020 Spread a drop cloth onto the floor and use painter’s tape to secure it to the baseboard molding. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Successfully Paint Any Wall in Your House," 18 Dec. 2020 Custom molding and millwork feature prominently throughout the interior. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Chron, "Enron exec's former home is back on the market," 6 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of molding

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of molding was in the 14th century

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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Molding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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 molding (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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