Definition of molding in US English:

molding

(British moulding)

noun

  • 1An ornamentally shaped outline as an architectural feature, especially in a cornice.

    ‘a decorative plaster molding placed at the center of a ceiling’
    mass noun ‘you can fit a strip of hardwood cove molding into the corner’
    • ‘Regularly they were embellished with crease moldings and decorative scribing and punching, and in some regions the skirt was elaborately shaped.’
    • ‘There are several techniques for creating beautiful moldings and architectural embellishments for very little money.’
    • ‘Interestingly, the tops of the front legs are decorated with cove moldings - a bit of extra work that contrasts with the other timesaving features.’
    • ‘It was he, for instance, who came up with the idea of recycling a downed white oak tree and using the wood for moldings and fireplace mantels in the living room and family room/kitchen.’
    • ‘The biggest problem is in finding hardwood moldings other than oak.’
    • ‘Atlantic Coast began operations in 1987 and imports 30 percent of its wood mouldings.’
    • ‘She found herself in a bed in a richly decorated room with plaster moldings around the ceiling and windows that reached almost that high, though now heavy velvet curtains were drawn over them and small lamps burned.’
    • ‘The router is used to cut contours in wood for edgings and moldings or for more complex relief panels and inlay work, dovetails, and mortises.’
    • ‘Measure wall height from floor to ceiling, excluding baseboards and moldings.’
    • ‘We often draw on the same material to shape window and door openings, create moldings, or form extensions or shelves that grow from the walls.’
    • ‘In keeping with local period practice, appropriate decorative moldings, cornices, and other architectural trim have been installed.’
    • ‘On the side panels, curving architectural moldings loom above business-suited men clutching Martinis and scraps of paper.’
    • ‘There will also be a range of activities such as mini-digs, designing and making stucco mouldings, and constructing a sundial.’
    • ‘The company offers domestic and imported mouldings, including wood, metal, polystyrene and box.’
    • ‘I slumped on the chair, staring at the plaster moldings on the ceiling.’
    • ‘After all, they reasoned, the tall ceilings, deep moldings, and storybook wraparound front porch made the house a good candidate for remodeling.’
    • ‘The stucco cornicing and ceiling mouldings have been carefully restored.’
    • ‘It requires roughly 12 times the man hours just to profile the stock and execute the liberal relief carving and decorative moldings as compared to fabricating a standard Caywood stock.’
    • ‘The lounges and dining rooms are immensely pretty, with parquet floors, pastel walls, white stucco decorative mouldings and painted rococo ceilings in the Tiepolo style.’
    • ‘In addition to the boards themselves, there are transition strips, edge and end moldings, stair nosing strips, and even matching quarter round and base moldings made from the same material.’
    1. 1.1 Material such as wood, plastic, or stone shaped for use as a decorative or architectural feature.
      • ‘In earlier times, it was not unusual for the architect to design his own decorative moldings, including the profile for the handrail.’
      • ‘There are several techniques for creating beautiful moldings and architectural embellishments for very little money.’
      • ‘The architectural moldings divide the wall into rectangular fields and cusped trefoils, rigorously inscribed by straightedge and compass.’
      • ‘Adjustment of the cutting heads allows a great variety of moldings to be manufactured.’
      • ‘What defines the character of a house are the details, such as a beautiful stair railing, well-crafted moldings around windows and doors, and useful, finely tailored built-ins.’
      • ‘In keeping with local period practice, appropriate decorative moldings, cornices, and other architectural trim have been installed.’
      • ‘Decorative moldings ran along the tops and bottoms of the walls.’
      • ‘On the side panels, curving architectural moldings loom above business-suited men clutching Martinis and scraps of paper.’
      • ‘The original moldings and decorative elements were each reproduced, accented by brass hardware on the doors and ceiling.’
      • ‘If you have a well-equipped workshop with a table saw, a router, and power sanders, you can mill moldings to imitate or duplicate ones that you've seen in a book or magazine.’
      • ‘I've seen some wallpapers and ceiling moldings that have blown my mind.’

Pronunciation

molding

/ˈmōldiNG//ˈmoʊldɪŋ/