Pronunciation: (mōld), [key]
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.
a. a three-dimensional pattern used to shape a plate after it has been softened by heating.
b. a template for a frame.
9. Archit.
a. a molding.
b. a group of moldings.

1. to work into a required shape or form; shape.
2. to shape or form in or on a mold.
3. form a mold of or from, in order to make a casting.
4. to produce by or as if by shaping material; form.
5. to have influence in determining or forming: to mold the character of a child.
6. to ornament with moldings. Also, esp. Brit.,mould.


Pronunciation: (mōld), [key]
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.

v.t., v.i.
to become or cause to become overgrown or covered with mold. Also, esp. Brit.,mould.


Pronunciation: (mōld), [key]
1. loose, friable earth, esp. when rich in organic matter and favorable to the growth of plants.
2. Brit. Dial.ground; earth. Also, esp. Brit.,mould.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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