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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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.

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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 Dennis stood on the bank, hands outstretched to receive the molding. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Beyond ‘Satanic Panic’: Agent has theory on 30-year mystery of missing Kansas teen | The Kansas City Star," 8 Apr. 2018 Extra-deep molding along the tub and wall, created with tiles, adds architectural interest and protects against water damage. Ayn-monique Tetreault-rooney Klahre, Woman's Day, "What's Your Decorating Style?," 9 Nov. 2010 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

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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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