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molding

[mohl-ding] /ˈmoʊl dɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or process of molding.
2.
something molded.
3.
a strip of contoured wood or other material placed just below the juncture of a wall and a ceiling.
4.
Architecture, Furniture.
  1. any of various long, narrow, ornamental surfaces that are either continuous or discontinuous, with uniform cross sections for the full length and a strikingly modeled profile that casts strong shadows: used on frames, tables, etc., and certain architectural members, as cornices, stringcourses, or bases.
  2. a strip of wood, stone, etc., having such a surface.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see mold1, -ing1

mold1

[mohld] /moʊld/
noun
1.
a hollow form or matrix for giving a particular shape to something in a molten or plastic state.
2.
the shape created or imparted to a thing by a mold.
3.
something formed in or on a mold:
a mold of jelly.
4.
a frame on which something is formed or made.
5.
shape or form.
6.
a prototype, example, or precursor.
7.
a distinctive nature, character, or type:
a person of a simple mold.
8.
Shipbuilding.
  1. a three-dimensional pattern used to shape a plate after it has been softened by heating.
  2. a template for a frame.
9.
Architecture.
  1. a molding.
  2. a group of moldings.
verb (used with object)
10.
to work into a required shape or form; shape.
11.
to shape or form in or on a mold.
12.
Metallurgy. to form a mold of or from, in order to make a casting.
13.
to produce by or as if by shaping material; form.
14.
to have influence in determining or forming:
to mold the character of a child.
15.
to ornament with moldings.
Also, especially British, mould.
Origin
1175-1225; (noun) Middle English molde < Old French modle < Latin modulus module; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun
Related forms
moldable, adjective
moldability, noun

mold2

[mohld] /moʊld/
noun
1.
a growth of minute fungi forming on vegetable or animal matter, commonly as a downy or furry coating, and associated with decay or dampness.
2.
any of the fungi that produce such a growth.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
3.
to become or cause to become overgrown or covered with mold.
Also, especially British, mould.
Origin
1150-1200; late Middle English mowlde, apparently noun use of variant of earlier mowled, past participle of moulen, mawlen to grow moldy, cognate with dialectal Danish mugle
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Examples from the web for molding
  • Adding architectural molding in an otherwise ordinary room, allow the opportunity to diversify color ideas.
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  • All in all, the research, legislation and molding of public opinion surrounding the theory went on for almost half a century.
  • Have each group begin by molding clay to represent mountains in a plastic or metal tray.
  • Gravity pulls in more and more gas and dust, molding the gas and dust into a sphere.
  • molding shapes, or profiles, can help define the character of a room.
  • For these reasons, professionally installed molding is expensive.
  • Thousands of studies, conducted over decades, indicate that humanity's thumbprints are molding the planet.
  • The brain at that point starts molding itself to the environment so to speak.
  • The sheet of silk will keep them in place, molding to the shape of the skin when saline solution is added.
British Dictionary definitions for molding

molding

/ˈməʊldɪŋ/
noun
1.
the US spelling of moulding

moulding

/ˈməʊldɪŋ/
noun
1.
(architect)
  1. a shaped outline, esp one used on cornices, etc
  2. a shaped strip made of wood, stone, etc
2.
something moulded

mold

/məʊld/
noun, verb
1.
the US spelling of mould1
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Word Origin and History for molding
n.

also moulding, early 14c., "act of kneading," from mold (n.1). Architectural sense is from mid-15c.; carpentry sense is from 1670s.

mold

n.

also mould, "hollow shape," c.1200, originally "fashion, form; nature, native constitution, character," metathesized from Old French modle "model, plan, copy; way, manner" (12c., Modern French moule), from Latin modulum (nominative modulus) "measure, model," diminutive of modus "manner" (see mode (1)). From c.1300 as "pattern or model by which something is shaped or made." To break the mold "render impossible the creation of another" is from 1560s.

also mould, "furry fungus," early 15c., probably from moulde, past participle of moulen "to grow moldy" (early 13c.), related to Old Norse mygla "grow moldy," possibly from Proto-Germanic *(s)muk- indicating "wetness, slipperiness," from PIE *meug- (see mucus). Or it might have evolved from (or been influenced by) Old English molde "loose earth" (see mold (n.3)).

also mould, "loose earth," Old English molde "earth, sand, dust, soil; land, country, world," from Proto-Germanic *mulda (cf. Old Frisian molde "earth, soil," Old Norse mold "earth," Middle Dutch moude, Dutch moude, Old High German molta "dust, earth," Gothic mulda "dust"), from PIE root *mele- "to rub, grind" (see meal (n.2)). Specifically, since late (Christian) Old English, "the earth of the grave."

v.

also mould, mid-14c., "to mix, blend;" late 14c. "to knead, shape," from mold (n.1). Figurative sense (of character, etc.) is from c.1600. Related: Molded; molding.

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molding in Medicine

mold 1 (mōld)
n.

  1. A shaped receptacle into which material is pressed or poured in making a cast.

  2. A frame around which something is formed or shaped.

  3. The shape of an artificial tooth or teeth.

v. mold·ed, mold·ing, molds
  1. To shape a mass of plastic material in or on a mold.

  2. To change in shape. Used especially of the adaptation of the fetal head to the pelvic canal.


mold'a·ble adj.

mold 2
n.
Any of various filamentous fungi, generally a circular colony having a woolly or furry appearance, that grow on the surface of organic matter and contribute to its disintegration.

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molding in Science
mold
  (mōld)   
Any of various fungi that often form a fuzzy growth (called a mycelium) on the surface of organic matter. Some molds cause food to spoil, but others are beneficial, such as those used to make certain cheeses and those from which antibiotics like penicillin are developed. The molds do not form a distinct phylogenetic grouping but belong to various phyla including the ascomycetes and the zygomycetes. See also slime mold.
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