See Mo a spot.
A spot; a blemish; a mole. (obsolete) Spenser.Mould,
(Old English) molde, (Anglo-Saxon) molde; akin to (Dutch) mul, German mull, mulm, (Old High German) molt, molta, (Icelandic) mold, (Danish) muld, (Swedish) mull, (Gothic) mulda, and (English) meal flour. See Meal, and confer Mole an animal, Mull, verb The prevalent spelling is, perhaps, mould; but as the u has not been inserted in the other words of this class, as bold, gold, old, cold, etc., it seems desirable to complete the analogy by dropping it from this word, thus spelling it as Spenser, South, and many others did. The omission of the u is now very common in America.
1. Crumbling, soft, friable earth; especially, 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.Mould,
imperfect & past participle Molded or Moulded; present participle & verbal noun Molding or Moulding.
To cover with mold or soil. [Rare]Mould,
From the past participle of (Old English) moulen to become moldy, to rot, probably from (Icelandic) mygla to grow musty, mugga mugginess; confer (Swedish) mögla to grow moldy. See Muggy, and confer Moldy.
(Botanical) A growth of minute fungi of various kinds, especially those of the great groups Hyphomycetes, and Physomycetes, forming on damp or decaying organic matter.Note: The common blue mold of cheese, the brick-red cheese mold, and the scarlet or orange strata which grow on tubers or roots stored up for use, when commencing to decay, are familiar examples. Middle J. Berkley.Mould,
(Old English) molde, (Old French) mole, (French) moule, from (Latin) modulus. See Model. For spelling, see 2d Mold, above.
To cause to become moldy; to cause mold to grow upon.Mould,
Confer (French) mouler, (Old French) moler, moller. See Mold the matrix.
To become moldy; to be covered or filled, in whole or in part, with a mold.Mould,
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. Milton.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. (Shakespeare)3. Cast; form; shape; character. Crowned with an architrave of antique mold. Pope.4. (Architecture) 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. (Anatomy) 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.Mould,
1. To form into a particular shape; to shape; to model; to fashion. He forgeth and moldeth metals. Sir Middle 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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From Old Norse mold, from Proto-Germanic *muldō ‘dirt, soil’ from Proto-Indo-European *ml̥-tā, from *mel-.
mold (plural molds) A hollow form or matrix for shaping a fluid or plastic substance. A frame or model around or on which something is formed or shaped. Something that is made in or shaped on a mold. The shape or pattern of a mold. General shape or form. the oval mold of her face Alexander Pope Crowned with an architrave of antique mould. Distinctive character or type. a leader in the mold of her predecessors A fixed or restrictive pattern or form His method of scientific investigation broke the mold and led to a new discovery. (architecture) A group of moldings. the arch mold of a porch or doorway; the pier mold of a Gothic pier, meaning the whole profile, section, or combination of parts (anatomy) A fontanelle.
mold (third-person singular simple present molds, present participle molding, simple past and past participle molded) (transitive) To shape in or on a mold. (transitive) To form into a particular shape; to give shape to. Job 10:8-9, Old Testament, New International Version: Your hands shaped me and made me....Remember that you molded me like clay. (transitive) To guide or determine the growth or development of; influence; as, a teacher who helps to mold the minds of his students (transitive) To fit closely by following the contours of. (transitive) To make a mold of or from (molten metal, for example) before casting. (transitive) To ornament with moldings. (intransitive) To be shaped in or as if in a mold. These shoes gradually molded to my feet.
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