Mold

Definition of Mold

n.1.A spot; a blemish; a mole.
1.Crumbling, soft, friable earth; esp., earth containing the remains or constituents of organic matter, and suited to the growth of plants; soil.
2.Earthy material; the matter of which anything is formed; composing substance; material.
The etherial mold,
Incapable of stain.
- Milton.
Nature formed me of her softest mold.
- Addison.
v. t.1.To cover with mold or soil.
[imp. & p. p. Molded or Moulded; p. pr. & vb. n. Molding or Moulding.]
n.1.(Bot.) A growth of minute fungi of various kinds, esp. those of the great groups Hyphomycetes, and Physomycetes, forming on damp or decaying organic matter.
v. t.1.To cause to become moldy; to cause mold to grow upon.
v. i.1.To become moldy; to be covered or filled, in whole or in part, with a mold.
n.1.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 mold; a jelly mold.
2.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.
- Shak.
3.Cast; form; shape; character.
Crowned with an architrave of antique mold.
- Pope.
4.(Arch.) A group of moldings; as, the arch mold of a porch or doorway; the pier mold of a Gothic pier, meaning the whole profile, section, or combination of parts.
5.(Anat.) A fontanel.
6.(Paper Making) A frame with a wire cloth bottom, on which the pump is drained to form a sheet, in making paper by hand.
v. t.1.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.
2.To ornament by molding or carving the material of; as, a molded window jamb.
3.To knead; as, to mold dough or bread.
4.(Founding) To form a mold of, as in sand, in which a casting may be made.

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