Main definitions of molder in English

: molder1molder2

molder1

(British moulder)

verb

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

    ‘there was a mushroomy smell of disuse and moldering books’
    figurative ‘I couldn't permit someone of your abilities to molder away in a backwater’
    • ‘But inside it was a slum - stone floor, carpet torn and dirty, furniture mouldering.’
    • ‘Frequently, Lovecraft made reference to ancient, mouldering tomes that contained secrets man was not meant to know.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ancient rusting gates invite you up leafy avenues to romantic lost demesnes, ivy-clad ruins and mouldering monuments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet its opulent, mouldering furnishings appear intact, its books look down from the shelves, their spines unspoiled but their pages crumbled by termites.’
    • ‘Are there, mouldering in some bottom drawer, still existing examples of the Brigadoon bra and panties?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    decay, decompose, rot, rot away, go mouldy, perish, go off, go bad, spoil, putrefy
    crumble, disintegrate, fall apart, fall to pieces, deteriorate, fall into decay, go to rack and ruin
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

molder

/ˈmōldər/

Main definitions of molder in English

: molder1molder2

molder2

(British moulder)

noun

  • A person or thing that molds something.

    ‘a molder of public opinion’
    • ‘What we eat is one of the basic moulders of our culture.’
    • ‘I left school at 16 to become an apprentice iron moulder.’
    • ‘Many social scientists began to insist that culture, not biology, was the primary molder of human behavior.’
    • ‘Two older brothers, Moses, an outstanding engineer and draughtsman, and William, a moulder, came from England to join them.’
    • ‘After his military training he apprenticed as a molder at an iron foundry where he worked for a few years.’
    • ‘Yet the moulders of opinion and the manipulators of power could not, it seems, care less.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 trough on the conical moulder, which was of a spiral formation, gradually ascended the cone table causing the dough to be forced against it.’
    • ‘Corrosion also causes higher reject rates, especially for molders of high-quality transparent parts like automotive lenses.’
    • ‘From there, the mozzarella mixture is forwarded to two adjoining molders.’
    • ‘His press became a clearing-house for ideas, and a moulder of taste.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to the company, multicomponent molding offers a wide range of opportunities for molders looking to gain competitive advantage.’
    • ‘Here we see the force of language with or without meaning as a molder of public opinion.’
    • ‘The process-oriented suppliers such as metal stampers and plastic molders are especially plagued by underutilized equipment capacity.’
    • ‘What material properties or processes are molders now seeking?’
    • ‘Reduced viscosity lets molders use lower processing temperatures without affecting molding speed or quality.’
    • ‘A molder aboard USS Yellowstone pours molten lead into an already prepared mold made of sand.’

Pronunciation

molder

/ˈmōldər/