Main definitions of mould in English

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(US mold)

noun

  • 1A hollow container used to give shape to molten or hot liquid material when it cools and hardens:

    ‘the smith would pour the molten metal into the shaped mould’
    [as modifier] ‘a jelly mould’
    • ‘The artificial limb is made inserting the mould into the molten material.’
    • ‘Line two large teacups or similar shaped 200 ml moulds with clingfilm.’
    • ‘We had an exhibition coming up - it was Australia's Lost Kingdoms - and we needed skilled people to make moulds and casts of material that was going into that exhibition.’
    • ‘The sheaths are treated and baked in moulds to give them shape.’
    • ‘Casting is a process by which a liquid or molten material is shaped by pouring into a mould that contains the negative impression of a desired model.’
    • ‘The nozzles and the suction device are formed independently from the upper mold and the lower mold.’
    • ‘Synthetic zircon is used to make gemstones that resemble fine diamonds and as a refractory material in foundry molds and furnace linings.’
    • ‘The pewterer poured the molten metal into the mold, extracted the piece when it had cooled, and carefully finished it.’
    • ‘The chips are in color, with denominations, type of mold, inlay and inserts indicated and an indication of the level of rarity.’
    • ‘Spoon into six lightly oiled dariole moulds or mini-pudding moulds, cover with cling film and chill overnight.’
    • ‘Cast iron is very versatile, as it can be poured into moulds when molten and cast into complicated shapes, but is very brittle.’
    • ‘However, its hardness also created problems: it quickly wore out the tools and moulds used to shape it, making it an expensive material to work with.’
    • ‘They can be melted at a low temperature and shaped into a mold as they cool back into a solid.’
    • ‘Brooches were made either by hammering a piece of metal into the right shape or by casting molten metal in a mould.’
    • ‘Spread up the sides of the moulds and make a hollow and then fill with cooked mince, top with the crumb mixture and bake in a low oven to warm through.’
    • ‘‘I will put material into the mold and cast it into the same shape as their gesture,’ Jong said.’
    • ‘Then he pours liquid gelatin into the mold and lets it harden.’
    • ‘Passing light through the transparent mold caused the material to cross-link and harden.’
    • ‘The process to make the cap includes positioning viscous plastic material in a mold to produce the desired retention member shape.’
    • ‘Like the Tapara bed, it contains some shelly material and molds, but the most readily recoverable and complete fossils are present in cobble-sized concretions.’
    • ‘In low-pressure casting the steel mold is above the molten aluminum.’
    • ‘The electrode materials are placed in a mold and left to harden.’
    cast, die, form, matrix, shape, container
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    1. 1.1 A pudding or savoury mousse made in a mould:
      ‘a lobster mould with a sauce of carrots and port’
      • ‘This is the cookbook I do half my baking out of, and all of my jello molds.’
      • ‘The book had no pictures, except on the cover, which showed a large roast of lamb, fish baked in white sauce accompanied by boiled carrots, and a mould of bright red gelatin.’
      • ‘A change from the usual way of serving salmon can be had by making a salmon mold.’
      • ‘There are the usual Jello molds, spinach dips and salads, green nacho chips, and pickle displays.’
      • ‘Salmon mold is a delicious dish, very attractive and it's definitely different from common and popular recipes for salmon that you can always find.’
  • 2[in singular] A distinctive and typical style, form, or character:

    ‘he's a superb striker in the same mould as Gary Lineker’
    ‘he planned to conquer the world as a roving reporter in the mould of his hero’
    • ‘A tall, athletic footballer, he is good in the set-piece and very mobile - a player in the mould of Scotland's Scott Murray.’
    • ‘Wilson crafts this social satire in the mould of Thackeray or Trollope, crisscrossing class barriers with fluid facility.’
    • ‘He's in the mould of Robert Millar [Scotland's 1984 Tour de France King of the Mountains] as his ability is very specific.’
    • ‘What he's really fired up about is the fact that Monica is a woman in the mould of Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale.’
    • ‘He is very much in the mould of a typical U.S. Open player - ‘fairways and greens’ - and he noticeably plays better on tougher courses.’
    • ‘The switch to the West Coast offense doesn't mean the team will become a pass-first team in the mold of the old 49ers.’
    • ‘Give him his due though, his voice improves with age and Young is possibly one of the country's finest soul singers of the classic mould.’
    • ‘Courageous in the mould of Veronica Guerin, the investigative journalist murdered in Ireland, she has gone on the record about the killers' identities.’
    • ‘As a youth he played in a whole variety of positions, but when Stuttgart picked him up at 10-years old, he was a playmaker in the mould of an Andy Moller or Thomas Hassler.’
    • ‘‘Great,’ that is, in the mould of Pele, the legend with whom he was first compared as a 15-year-old.’
    • ‘Mr Tuffin is more in the mould of the late actor Marlon Brando.’
    • ‘In her maps she might be seen as a landscape artist cast in the mould of the Romantics.’
    • ‘The key player for Heriot's was skipper Rory Lawson, who is playing more and more in the mould of father Alan, a former Scotland scrum-half.’
    • ‘By the early 1950s Minton, with his private income, flamboyant personality and prodigious talent, was a celebrity in the mould of today's Britart pack.’
    • ‘It was noticeable from their warm-up match against a Dublin selection on Wednesday afternoon that they have travelled without a big target man in the mould of Barry Hall or Wayne Carey.’
    • ‘Charlie is extremely nice and very much in the mould of Mr Chatterton, my old history teacher, in terms of his generally affable, laid-back, chatty nature.’
    • ‘Just by accident I put it to my eye and found it was a microscope in the mould of Robert Hooke's single lens ones and that it would give me a massive close-up view of silhouettes.’
    • ‘Will the new Pope be in the mould of John Paul or will he signal a new style of leadership?’
    • ‘What was a masterful, elegiac character study in the mould of Le Carré's classic A Perfect Spy becomes an angry disquisition on contemporary geopolitics.’
    • ‘England must find a flanker in the mould of their coach, and a fit-again Lewis Moody could answer their prayers’
    • ‘Rather than quick players whose strength is their movement and first touch, Hartson is more in the mould of a traditional target man.’
    character, nature, temperament, temper, disposition, cast of mind, turn of mind, mettle
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    1. 2.1archaic Form or shape, especially the features or physique of a person or the build of an animal:
      ‘he was manly in size, mould, and bearing’
      pattern, form, shape, format, structure, configuration, construction, frame, build, model, design, arrangement, organization, formation, figure, cast, kind, brand, make, line, type, cut, style
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  • 3A frame or template for producing mouldings:

    ‘all the moulds, masters or originals, had been kept for reference’
    • ‘With the cornicing, for example, Bryant had a mould taken from the original and a new plaster cornice made for the new ceiling.’
    • ‘With the second seat, I wanted to add a really slick bubble canopy so after lofting the lines we built a mold for the canopy and sent it to Evans who blew the unit.’
    • ‘Mantels made of plaster offer a very smooth finish and, because they are poured in molds, a level of intricate detail not usually achieved by wood carving.’
    • ‘He showed them how he uses hand tools and traditional early Victorian moulds to create his designs for brickwork.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Form (an object) out of malleable material:

    ‘mould the figure from white fondant’
    • ‘We cooked outside, on a butane burner his father melted lead with to mold his trotline weights.’
    • ‘To reduce friction and ensure the timely release of the protective guard, however, each component had to be molded from a different material.’
    • ‘At about the time Hanson began making his realistic figures in the 1960s, other artists were also making life-sized figures molded from actual people.’
    • ‘I think it was a bowl and I was abusing it, using it outside on the front steps to mold snow sculptures.’
    shape, form, fashion, model, work, construct, frame, make, create, configure, manufacture, design, sculpt, sculpture, throw
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    1. 1.1 Give a shape to (malleable material):
      ‘take the marzipan and mould it into a cone shape’
      • ‘There spoke not the dignified statesman of the academic tradition who moulds events as a sculptor moulds his clay.’
      • ‘The nimble fingers of epicureans moulded vegetables into new forms and shapes.’
      • ‘Raw materials used for CCM discs are made up of carbon fiber, phenol resin and silicon; the fibers and resin are molded in the geometric shape of the braking band.’
      • ‘Silicone rubber is easily molded, serving as a replacement for body parts.’
      • ‘The hood facepiece is made of soft grey or black shaped moulded rubber, including cheek pockets for two lightweight filters.’
      • ‘He sketches a design first and then moulds the precious metal.’
      • ‘A wad of linen is painstakingly molded into the precise shape of a feline nose.’
      • ‘In order to mold glass into a meaningful shape, the artisan must blow through a tube into molten glass.’
      • ‘For instance, the mystery and the power of fire to be able to produce different artifacts, to mold iron, to cook food that could then be preserved, all led to a sanctification of fire as Agni.’
      • ‘Instead of shaping the frame using costly stamping components, the metal is molded using ultra-high-pressure water.’
      • ‘A unidirectional current of water moving over sand moulds the sediment into a series of bedforms which migrate downcurrent.’
      • ‘I am not familiar with molding clay, but if the item was a sand casting, the third piece could be a master pattern used to make the mold itself.’
      • ‘She experimented with new materials, molding plastics into forms that evoked or described fish, animals, insects, and plants.’
      • ‘Tops creates moulded glass sculptures using kiln casting, inspired by everyday items such as taps and bolts, with part of the sculpture in the original metal, and the rest in glass.’
      • ‘That's true, but since almost everyone now uses molded plastics the shape doesn't matter at all.’
      • ‘The paper is then moulded into the shape of clay sculptures that Stephen and David have designed, and attached to the sculptures to protect them from damage.’
      • ‘Play with hair paste, gel, molding mud or wax to smooth fringe hair out of your eyes.’
      • ‘Even in the dim, dusty filtered daylight I could see the intricate detail of the carved stone and molded gold.’
      • ‘Other floor mats feature materials such as plush nylon and molded rubber and plastic.’
      shape, form, fashion, model, work, construct, frame, make, create, configure, manufacture, design, sculpt, sculpture, throw
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    2. 1.2 Influence the formation or development of:
      ‘the professionals who were helping to mould US policy’
      • ‘As Leeds United battle to stay in existence, Birmingham City directors continue to mould the midlands outfit into a club with ambitions to join the Premiership elite.’
      • ‘Within it, humans are controlling or molding the paths of technology.’
      • ‘The movies of the time did more than represent or reflect society - they influenced and moulded it, too.’
      • ‘These successes, if that is what they are, are tinged with a jealousy that legal writers elsewhere have a more publicly acknowledged involvement in moulding the law's development.’
      • ‘The second dominating influence moulding his life was the threat of blindness that hit him just after he had arrived at Edinburgh University as an outstanding sportsman and scholar aged 17.’
      • ‘What he sees, what he eats and the type of lifestyle at home is the influence which will mold his character for the rest of his life.’
      • ‘He inherited a strong work ethic from his father, Bob, a publican in Coatbridge, and from the coaches who moulded his early years in football.’
      • ‘Rarely has the development in a State had the potential for moulding the country's politics, for good or for bad, as will be the case with Gujarat.’
      • ‘Fisher's perspective on the discipline was molded by quite distinct intellectual influences.’
      • ‘Snead was molded into a figure who would amuse us, leave us in awe and make us embrace him as something uniquely American.’
      • ‘Created in 1952 during the Darst administration, this loose coalition molded land-use policy alongside City Hall.’
      • ‘Let us hope and pray that the agents of education will realize the great responsibility they have in moulding the future citizens of the world, so that our progress towards the achievement of our ideal will be accelerated.’
      • ‘On another level, language is analyzed as an object that is used to control and mold social relationships.’
      • ‘More than 20 years in Dutch football both as a player and coach moulded him into the man he is today and now, after a disappointing start to the season, he is beginning to make his mark on his team.’
      • ‘Experience in great soccer teams in Europe and Southern America both at national and club level reveal trends where working with as many as forty players a coach has moulded a world class team after three years.’
      • ‘It is also the duty of educational institutions to mould the personality of students.’
      • ‘It is, therefore, American public opinion that must be influenced and moulded.’
      • ‘Many influences - Wesleyan, Moravian, and Antinomian - molded his thought.’
      • ‘Haslett, a noted tough guy, knows how to mold a swarming, aggressive unit, and he could be the perfect fit for the mentality St. Louis wants to adopt.’
      • ‘Homegrown terrorists are moulded by similar shifts and trends influencing terrorists in other parts of the world.’
      determine, direct, control, guide, lead, influence, shape, form, fashion, affect, make
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  • 2as adjective moulded(of a column, ceiling, or other part of a building) having a decorative moulding:

    ‘a corridor with a moulded cornice’
    • ‘The former NatWest bank in the High Street was built in 1838 and boasts high - moulded ceilings and Gothic columns.’
    • ‘There are also plaster-skimmed walls throughout, regency paneled doors and a moulded skirting.’
    • ‘She looked up at the molded ceiling, blinking back new tears.’
    • ‘This last is accomplished by copying a Hausmanian building on the Champs Elysees and creating its replica in a moulded concrete facade.’
    • ‘The first and largest bedroom, overlooking the rear garden, is a well proportioned double with polished timber floorboards and moulded ceiling cornices.’
    • ‘Most hideously misguided of all is the UPVC front door - complemented beautifully by a moulded plastic doorframe.’
    • ‘A variety of objects fill the two main rooms, among which predominates a series of porcelain and brass objects on a moulded shelf near St Anne's bed.’
    • ‘Down each side are doors, supporting by moulded pillars.’
    • ‘Up the road in High Street is a set of old semi-detached houses, with attractive moulded pillars supporting the tin roofs over the verandah, with a gable at the end.’
    • ‘Larger pieces are moulded with figures such as Joan of Arc.’
    • ‘Behind this is the family room which has rich red walls, a moulded timber ceiling and a cast-iron open fireplace with slate hearth.’
    • ‘I'd someday like to make a moulded window using transparent black acrylic, creating the same sort of effect I saw made into a car bonnet once.’
    • ‘Or it may have thought about adding wings and a novelty moulded roof in the shape of Barney the Dinosaur.’
    • ‘The cottage teapot had a moulded door with roses round and windows, with green, pink and brown paint applied in blobs not quite properly filling the outlines.’
    • ‘The marble floor was a light pink color and the molded walls were white with arches that had little pink and yellow flowers dancing in it.’
    • ‘An arched timber entrance door opens up into a lobby with a stained wooden floor, a leaded-style window and moulded coving.’
    • ‘The cabinet on offer contains a moulded swan-neck pediment carved with flower heads, between which is a rather impressive carved eagle crest.’
    • ‘The final room on this level is another double bedroom with a black marble fireplace, corner wash-hand basin and moulded ceiling cornice.’
    • ‘Dark paneling stretched from the molded ceiling to the thick pile-woven carpet, bordered by intricate friezes and shocks of gilt bronze leaves.’
    • ‘There is underfloor heating in four zones on the ground and first floor rooms of Raleigh North, while all the doors, architraves, moulded skirting, sills and stairs are solid teak.’

Phrases

  • break the mould

    • Put an end to a restrictive pattern of events or behaviour by doing things in a markedly different way:

      ‘his work did much to break the mould of the old urban sociology’
      • ‘‘She broke the mould,’ says a Sinn Fein spokesman, ‘of past British secretaries of state, who tended to be quite distant.’’
      • ‘It is about being willing to take a few risks, having the courage to break the mould and not just blindly following a set pattern in your life.’
      • ‘SIX young students successfully broke the mould of generations within their families by becoming the very first to participate in a State examination.’
      • ‘He was probably the father figure of British comedy in the latter part of the last century and he truly broke the mould.’
      • ‘Cookery shows broke the mould (quite literally in some cases) with lively young chefs revealing the cherished tricks of their trade and provoking thousands of us to be more adventurous with our groceries.’
      • ‘I broke the mould and moved out to an office,’ Mr Turner told the Herald.’
      • ‘Would someone attempt to break the mold and introduce a different element?’
      • ‘What it boils down to I am afraid is that everybody is too busy looking out for themselves and is too scared to break the mould of what society has defined as acceptable behaviour for its members.’
      • ‘Bryant says there is a tendency among producers to look for work that resembles past successes, yet in the US shows such as Rent became hits because they broke the mould.’
      • ‘In fact, judging by the ardour of the enthused throng, the diversity of Friday night's performance broke the mould as it existed to this reviewer and many others.’
      • ‘Prior to 2000, when Limerick broke the mould by beating Waterford in the final to win their one and only title, Kerry and Cork have divided the spoils between them since the championship began in 1962.’
      • ‘‘If there's a pattern that exists, we're going to break the mold,’ he says.’
      • ‘Of course, Sean Lineen, Boroughmuir's co-coach and a New Zealander, broke the mould, while others such as Howarth, Ben Fisher and James Reilly have proved astute acquisitions.’
      • ‘Linda Hartell-Payne, owner of the Dalesman Café said the Cumbrian contractors completely broke the mould of what people have come to think about British workmanship.’
      • ‘Big Sandy and his band certainly broke the mould with last year's Night Tides - an unexpectedly dark album layered with bewitching instrumentation and haunting lyrics.’
      • ‘In 1993 we broke the mould by becoming the first club from this area in 68 years to win the Scottish Junior Cup.’
      • ‘Last week, however, the mother-of-two broke the mould by walking away from the English Court of Appeal with £10m, or half her former husband Harry's fortune.’
      • ‘His response, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, was a series of pieces that broke the mould of the serialism that was then the lingua franca of the avant-garde.’
      • ‘Rob Thomas' late, lamented Cupid broke the mold for cinematic TV shows that don't fit into the prescribed categories of one-hour dramas or half-hour sitcoms.’
      • ‘And what Irish woman will ever forget Mary Robinson's history making triumph in 1990, when she broke the mould by becoming the first woman to be elected President of Ireland?’

Origin

Middle English: apparently from Old French modle, from Latin modulus (see modulus).

Pronunciation:

mould

/məʊld/

Main definitions of mould in English

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(US mold)

noun

  • [mass noun] A furry growth of minute fungi occurring typically in moist warm conditions, especially on food or other organic matter:

    ‘mould may flourish unhindered’
    [count noun] ‘moist food becomes covered with moulds’
    • ‘Other products are designed to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew.’
    • ‘Humidification and dehumidification systems also require proper maintenance: They must be kept clean to prevent growth of molds and fungi.’
    • ‘The fact is mold is a living fungus that exists all around us.’
    • ‘A lack of oxygen helps prevent the growth of yeast, mould and bacteria.’
    • ‘Moisture also causes additional problems, such as mold and mildew growth.’
    • ‘The growth of mold and mildew also are slowed by natural light.’
    • ‘Most human exposure to the toxin is due to improper storage conditions which foster mould growth.’
    • ‘And, under the microscope, that food just became mold, fungi, and yeast fairly quickly.’
    • ‘Discard both the cloves and the liquid if there are signs of mold or yeast growth on the surface of the wine or vinegar.’
    • ‘Calcium propionate is added to foods to inhibit mold growth.’
    • ‘Excess humidity inside your home also promotes the growth of mold, fungi and bacteria.’
    • ‘These results confirmed, on a higher number of plants, that clone 28 exhibits tolerance against grey mould under in vitro conditions.’
    • ‘Moist cooling ducts promote mold and other water-borne bacteria.’
    • ‘And, one of the most critical new issues in buildings, it resists the growth of mold and mildew.’
    • ‘Even small amounts of moisture feed nasty mold and mildew growths that can affect your health and lead to major structural damage in your house.’
    • ‘Known as ‘diesel algae’ these are primarily fungi, yeast and mold contaminants.’
    • ‘A life food diet excludes cooked food and starch because they cause mold, fungi, and yeast to form in the body.’
    • ‘The dampness and high temperature of about 25 degrees Celsius provides the best conditions for mould to grow and reproduce.’
    • ‘One can preserve food quite well simply by reducing the moisture content, but more importantly mold growth is highly dependent on how contaminated the food is with mold or fungus spores to begin with.’
    • ‘As far as diseases are concerned, fungal infections such as grey mould and powdery mildew are the main culprits.’
    mildew, fungus, must, mouldiness, mustiness
    blight, smut
    dry rot, wet rot
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Origin

Late Middle English: probably from obsolete mould, past participle of moul ‘grow mouldy’, of Scandinavian origin; compare with Old Norse mygla grow mouldy.

Pronunciation:

mould

/məʊld/

Main definitions of mould in English

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mould3

(US mold)

noun

British
  • 1[mass noun] Soft loose earth:

    ‘the ground was soft and damp, with old leaves thick in the mould’
    See also leaf mould
    earth, soil, dirt, loam, humus
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    1. 1.1 The upper soil of cultivated land, especially when rich in organic matter:
      ‘gravel and sand over clay, topped by fine vegetable mould’
      • ‘The solutions exhibited strong alkaline pH values for slag and washed slag while the pH of the soil solution of garden mould was only slightly alkaline.’

Origin

Old English molde, from a Germanic base meaning pulverize or grind; related to meal.

Pronunciation:

mould

/məʊld/