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 This pillow, designed with an elevated and u-shaped body-molding cushion, helps alleviate back and leg pain commonly associated with pregnancy discomfort. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, "7 Gifts That New Moms Never Knew They Needed, But Will Be Very Grateful To Receive," 9 Apr. 2021 The molding, the beautiful bay windows looking out onto the park., "This grand old lady is almost ready to show off her new look," 27 Mar. 2021 Hewing to the modern aesthetic, Mr. Jacobsen’s homes lacked ornamentation — no molding, baseboards or trim. Washington Post, "Hugh Newell Jacobsen, award-winning modernist architect, dies at 91," 4 Mar. 2021 The handmade process includes 10 steps that take up to five days to complete between molding, curing and finishing the shell. Tim Newcomb, Forbes, "Cycling Helmet Technology Stepping Up Sophistication," 1 Mar. 2021 Just dip your baby’s body part into the wiggle-proof, non-allergenic molding powder for 45 seconds, remove, then fill it with casting stone. Popular Science, "The best mom gifts for Mother’s Day 2021," 8 Mar. 2021 Onto these bones were added new flooring, picture molding, and mantels, all in homage to the home’s heritage. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "This Designer's 130-Year-Old Farmhouse Was Cut Into Pieces and Moved to a New City," 19 Feb. 2021 This was a performance informed by current thoughts on 18th century performances, with great rhythmic vitality and suave molding of phrases. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Review: Exhilarating Mozart concert by Dallas Symphony, Nicholas McGegan and Hélène Grimaud is followed by COVID cancellations," 15 Jan. 2021 Original features include fir floors, wide pocket doors, cast-iron fireplaces, picture molding and ceiling medallions. oregonlive, "On the market: Two houses on one lot can shelter extra family, home offices or paying tenants," 9 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of molding

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Apr 2021

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“Molding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 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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