molding

noun
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 Using injection molding and a proprietary split last, the design is tailored to a specific foot form. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Winter is No Match for These Top-Performing Snow Boots," 16 Oct. 2019 The focal point is a working fireplace with the original wood mantel — the home’s only salvageable detail other than the moldings, casings, and floorboards. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "A young designer transforms her three-bedroom East Boston fixer-upper," 5 Sep. 2019 Having worked in the past with traditional architecture, Bhasin planned to let the existing moldings, trim, and casings be her guide. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Uninspired NYC Apartment Is Revived With Color, Charisma, and Customization," 17 Jan. 2019 Textured plaster walls and heavy carved plaster molding run through many rooms. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$2.5M restored Oakland Township mansion is on 37 acres," 14 Sep. 2019 The key figure is Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica, whose parent company, SCL Group, had pioneered behavioral research with regard to molding mass opinion in various military and political areas. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The Great Hack’ looks at how history was changed, and Tarantino changes history," 1 Aug. 2019 While Ellis and her designer avoided major roadblocks during there weren’t any major challenges throughout the renovation, wall removal did cause some slight molding damage that needed to be fixed by a craftsperson. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "“Every morning, I wake up and notice something new about it”," 3 Dec. 2018 The plaster artisans have replicated the Greek key and other pattern moldings damaged in 1950s building modifications. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore’s Pratt Central Library emerges from renovation with its beauties intact," 13 Sep. 2019 The lake-view formal living room features delicate molding, a fireplace and hardwood floors. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Hot Property: Adam Levine and Ellen DeGeneres make music in the housing market," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of molding

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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molding

noun
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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.

molding

noun
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)

molding

noun
mold·​ing
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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