mold

mold
mold1 [mōld]
n.
[ME moolde < OFr molle, earlier modle < L modulus: see MODULE]
1. a pattern, hollow form, or matrix for giving a certain shape to something in a plastic or molten state
2. a frame, shaped core, etc. on or around which something is modeled
3. a pattern after which something is formed; model
4. something formed or shaped in or on, or as if in or on, a mold; often, specif., a gelatin dessert, aspic, etc. so prepared
5.
a) the form or shape given by a mold
b) form or shape in general
6. distinctive character or nature [men of his mold]
7. Archit. a molding or group of moldings
vt.
1. to make or shape in or on, or as if in or on, a mold
2. to work into a certain form or shape; shape
3. to have a strong or important influence on (public opinion, thought, etc.)
4. to fit closely to the outline or contours of
5. to ornament by or with molding
6. to make a mold of or from in order to make a casting
moldable
adj.
molder
n.
mold2 [mōld]
n.
[ME moul, mowlde, mold, mildew < or akin to ON mygla < IE base * meug-, *meuk-: see MEEK; sp. prob. infl. by MOLD3]
1. a downy or furry growth on the surface of organic matter, caused by fungi, esp. in the presence of dampness or decay
2. any fungus producing such a growth
3. any plant disease, as snowmold, caused by such fungus
vt., vi.
[< ME moulen (with unhistoric -d-]
to make or become moldy
mold3 [mōld]
n.
[ME mold < OE molde, dust, ground, earth, akin to Goth mulda < IE base * mel-, to rub away, grind > L molere, to grind, MILL1]
1. loose, soft, easily worked soil, esp. when rich with decayed animal or vegetable matter and good for growing plants
2. Archaic earth or ground

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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