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

Illustration of molding

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 Built in 1908, the residence still boasts many of its original elements including the floors, molding, and even some of the lighting. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 21 July 2021 To that end, the molding at the base of the windows has been removed, the door handles are flush-mounted, and there's flush glazing. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 26 Oct. 2021 Each kit contains four lightweight products that use a revolutionary infusion approach to prevent knotting, matting, shedding, and molding. Corein Carter, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Here, the same brilliant blue is splashed across the ceiling molding, window trim, doors, baseboards, and even the fireplace mantel. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Oct. 2021 Begin by making your right-side cut for the inside corner molding: With your miter saw off, move the blade to the left at 45-degree angle. Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, 23 Aug. 2021 The hair choices and face molding options have been expanded. Brian Mazique, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Damage was done to dry wall throughout the room, rubber molding was ripped off the wall, an air conditioning unit was damaged and dog feces were scattered in the room. cleveland, 9 Sep. 2021 The room appears open and airy with silvery carpeting and decorative molding, a fanlight window atop tall french doors that lead outside and a massive crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling. Hannah Chubb,, 9 Sep. 2021

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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 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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