Main definitions of moulder in English

: moulder1moulder2

moulder1

(US molder)

verb

[NO OBJECT]often as adjective mouldering
  • Slowly decay or disintegrate, especially because of neglect.

    ‘the smell of mouldering books’
    figurative ‘I couldn't permit someone of your abilities to moulder away in a backwater’
    • ‘It's scandalous that the Green Fund, which was set up in 2000 to be used for environmental projects, has been mouldering in the Government's coffers for four years without a cent being put to use.’
    • ‘Meanwhile they are mouldering up there on what might be some absolutely trifling offence.’
    • ‘Frankly I don't understand why most companies don't follow the same policy as franked income in the hands of shareholders is worth a lot more to them than huge piles of franking credits mouldering away in the company's balance sheet.’
    • ‘Well, sure: but you know, I've got this X-Wing model on my shelf that's been mouldering in shrinkwrap for three years waiting for me to build it up.’
    • ‘A casual examination today would lead you quickly to discover 16 bananas in various states of disrepair; a single, mouldering kiwi fruit; and a fridge full of dissolving salad.’
    • ‘At last those in the know can luxuriate in the lost aural treasures that have been mouldering in the BBC vaults.’
    • ‘On gateposts here and there are pumpkin jack-o'-lanterns, softly mouldering away, some with smoky eyes from exhausted candles.’
    • ‘Museums chiefs in York are preparing a multimillion pound bid for lottery cash to make countless ‘hidden treasures’ in the city accessible to the public - and save some of them from literally mouldering away.’
    • ‘Ancient rusting gates invite you up leafy avenues to romantic lost demesnes, ivy-clad ruins and mouldering monuments.’
    • ‘A ‘safe’ haven was considered to be the government public service, a secure job where you were never sacked and slowly mouldered away doing as little as possible.’
    • ‘Then she burst out, in a fit of temper quite unlike her, ‘It's just been mouldering in here, no-one even knows it's here!’’
    • ‘Some of these ordinary people lay quiet and undisturbed in the churchyards of our parish churches, mouldering silently away, their faith in the certainty of bodily resurrection yet to be realized.’
    • ‘Yet its opulent, mouldering furnishings appear intact, its books look down from the shelves, their spines unspoiled but their pages crumbled by termites.’
    • ‘I also parted with a large sum of money and came away with a 7 tightly wrapped bags containing a week's supply of something that smells old, fusty and a bit mouldering.’
    • ‘Are there, mouldering in some bottom drawer, still existing examples of the Brigadoon bra and panties?’
    • ‘The Egyptian Halls in Union Street, now mouldering, is not only Thomson's finest commercial building but one of the most extraordinary commercial buildings of its time.’
    • ‘Frequently, Lovecraft made reference to ancient, mouldering tomes that contained secrets man was not meant to know.’
    • ‘I have to admit that my own seven volume, 3,000 page magnum opus is still mouldering in the slush piles of various publishers in London.’
    • ‘But inside it was a slum - stone floor, carpet torn and dirty, furniture mouldering.’
    • ‘After years mouldering in stone, the ancient explosive was finally sent off with a bang as the two-man bomb squad safely detonated it in a farmer's field at around 11 pm before a small crowd of onlookers.’
    decay, decompose, rot, rot away, go mouldy, perish, go off, go bad, spoil, putrefy
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Origin

Mid 16th century: perhaps from mould, but compare with Norwegian dialect muldra ‘crumble’.

Pronunciation

moulder

/ˈməʊldə/

Main definitions of moulder in English

: moulder1moulder2

moulder2

(US molder)

noun

  • A person or thing that moulds something.

    ‘a moulder of public opinion’
    • ‘His press became a clearing-house for ideas, and a moulder of taste.’
    • ‘From there, the mozzarella mixture is forwarded to two adjoining molders.’
    • ‘Reduced viscosity lets molders use lower processing temperatures without affecting molding speed or quality.’
    • ‘The trough on the conical moulder, which was of a spiral formation, gradually ascended the cone table causing the dough to be forced against it.’
    • ‘TV is the moulder of the minds of most young people today - indeed most middle-aged people today.’
    • ‘A materials checklist for device molders would generally show that materials must have a diverse set of desirable properties to satisfy most product engineers.’
    • ‘What material properties or processes are molders now seeking?’
    • ‘Two older brothers, Moses, an outstanding engineer and draughtsman, and William, a moulder, came from England to join them.’
    • ‘Yet the moulders of opinion and the manipulators of power could not, it seems, care less.’
    • ‘A molder aboard USS Yellowstone pours molten lead into an already prepared mold made of sand.’
    • ‘Many social scientists began to insist that culture, not biology, was the primary molder of human behavior.’
    • ‘According to the company, multicomponent molding offers a wide range of opportunities for molders looking to gain competitive advantage.’
    • ‘Although many small injection molders struggle to stay out of the red, this company has consistently won high-margin jobs thanks to its expertise in molding difficult materials.’
    • ‘The process-oriented suppliers such as metal stampers and plastic molders are especially plagued by underutilized equipment capacity.’
    • ‘I left school at 16 to become an apprentice iron moulder.’
    • ‘Corrosion also causes higher reject rates, especially for molders of high-quality transparent parts like automotive lenses.’
    • ‘Here we see the force of language with or without meaning as a molder of public opinion.’
    • ‘What we eat is one of the basic moulders of our culture.’
    • ‘Many people in this country including many leaders and moulders of public opinion speak of everyone having or being given equal rights in our society.’
    • ‘After his military training he apprenticed as a molder at an iron foundry where he worked for a few years.’

Pronunciation

moulder

/ˈməʊldə/