Moulding Definitions

Some definitions of Mould or Moulding (Mold or Molding – USA)

  1. [noun] loose soil rich in organic matter. Soil rich in humus — compare leaf mould. Mold \Mold\, Mould \Mould\, n. [OE. molde, AS. molde; akin to D. mul, G. mull, mulm, OHG. molt, molta, Icel. mold, Dan. muld, Sw. mull, Goth. mulda, and E. meal flour. See Meal, and cf. Mole an animal, Mull, v.] [The prevalent spelling is, perhaps, mould; but as the u has not been inserted in the other words of this class, as bold, gold, old, cold, etc., it seems desirable to complete the analogy by dropping it from this word, thus spelling it as Spenser, South, and many others did. The omission of the u is now very common in America.] Etymology: Middle English, from Old English molde; akin to Old High German molta soil, Latin molere to grind — Date: before 12th century. Crumbling, soft, friable earth; esp., earth containing the remains or constituents of organic matter, and suited to the growth of plants; soil. Dialect British a : the surface of the earth; soil; ground. b : the earth of the burying ground.
  2. [noun] archaic : earth that is the substance of the human body (be merciful great Duke to men of mould — Shakespeare.) Earthy material; the matter of which anything is formed; composing substance; material. (The etherial mould, Incapable of stain. — Milton.) (Nature formed me of her softest mould. — Addison.) Chiefly British.
  3. [noun] a fungus that produces a superficial growth on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter. (Microbiology) A filamentous fungus. (Biology, microbiology) Two distinct groups of fungi, the cellular slime moulds or Acrasidae that include Dictyostelium and the acellular slime moulds or Myxomycetes that include Physarum. These non-phototrophic eukaryotic micro-organisms lack cell walls, which aggregate to form fruiting structures (cellular slime moulds) or simply masses of protoplasm (acellular slime moulds). Read more about mould of this type
  4. [noun] a preliminary sculpture in wax or clay from which a finished work can be copied. The matrix, or cavity, in which anything is shaped, and from which it takes its form; also, the body or mass containing the cavity; as, a sand mould; a jelly mould. A container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens. In manufacturing, a cavity or matrix in which a fluid or plastic substance is shaped into a desired finished product. A molten substance, such as metal, or a plastic substance is poured or forced into a mould and allowed to harden. Moulds are made of a wide variety of materials, depending on the application; sand is frequently used for metal casting, hardened steel for moulds for plastic materials, and plaster for various purposes. See also investment casting; lost-wax process.
  5. [noun] sculpture produced by moulding
  6. [noun] a decorative recessed or relieved surface on an edge. (Architecture) A group of mouldings; as, the arch mould of a porch or doorway; the pier mould of a Gothic pier, meaning the whole profile, section, or combination of parts; decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing.
  7. [noun] that on which, or in accordance with which, anything is modeled or formed; anything which serves to regulate the size, form, etc., as the pattern or templet used by a shipbuilder, carpenter, or mason. (The glass of fashion and the mold of form. — Shakespeare.)
  8. [noun] cast; form; shape; character. (Crowned with an architrave of antique mold. — Pope.)
  9. [noun] (Anatomy) A fontanelle. A space between the bones of the skull in an infant or foetus, where ossification is not complete and the sutures not fully formed. The main one is between the frontal and parietal bones.
  10. [noun] (Paper Making) A frame with a wire cloth bottom, on which the pump is drained to form a sheet, in making paper by hand.
  11. [noun] obsolete : an example to be followed b : prototype c : a fixed pattern : design.
  12. [noun] distinctive nature or character : type : a leader in the mold of her predecessors.
  13. [noun] general shape or form: the oval mold of her face.
  14. [verb] make something, usually for a specific function; “She moulded the riceballs carefully”; “Form cylinders from the dough”; “Shape a figure”; “Work the metal into a sword”.
  15. [verb] form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mould; “cast a bronze sculpture”
  16. [verb] form in clay, wax, etc; “model a head with clay”
  17. [verb] to cover with mold or soil. [R.]
  18. [verb] to form into a particular shape; to shape; to model; to fashion. (He forgeth and moldeth metals. —Sir M. Hale.) (Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay To mold me man? —Milton.)
  19. [verb] to ornament by molding or carving the material of; as, a molded window jamb.
  20. [verb] to knead; as, to mold dough or bread.
  21. [verb] (Founding) To form a mold of, as in sand, in which a casting may be made.
  22. [verb] to cause to become moldy; to cause mold to grow upon.
  23. [verb] to become moldy; to be covered or filled, in whole or in part, with a mold.
  24. [verb] to determine or influence the quality or nature of (mould public opinion)

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