Main definitions of mold in English

: mold1mold2mold3

mold1

(British mould)

Pronunciation /mōld/ /moʊld/

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noun

  • 1A hollow container used to give shape to molten or hot liquid material (such as wax or metal) when it cools and hardens.

    ‘the smith would pour the molten metal into the shaped mold’
    • ‘a jelly mold’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then he pours liquid gelatin into the mold and lets it harden.’
    • ‘The artificial limb is made inserting the mould into the molten material.’
    • ‘They can be melted at a low temperature and shaped into a mold as they cool back into a solid.’
    • ‘Cast iron is very versatile, as it can be poured into moulds when molten and cast into complicated shapes, but is very brittle.’
    • ‘Synthetic zircon is used to make gemstones that resemble fine diamonds and as a refractory material in foundry molds and furnace linings.’
    • ‘‘I will put material into the mold and cast it into the same shape as their gesture,’ Jong said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Spoon into six lightly oiled dariole moulds or mini-pudding moulds, cover with cling film and chill overnight.’
    • ‘The electrode materials are placed in a mold and left to harden.’
    • ‘Brooches were made either by hammering a piece of metal into the right shape or by casting molten metal in a mould.’
    • ‘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 pewterer poured the molten metal into the mold, extracted the piece when it had cooled, and carefully finished it.’
    • ‘Passing light through the transparent mold caused the material to cross-link and harden.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sheaths are treated and baked in moulds to give them shape.’
    • ‘Line two large teacups or similar shaped 200 ml moulds with clingfilm.’
    • ‘The process to make the cap includes positioning viscous plastic material in a mold to produce the desired retention member shape.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The chips are in color, with denominations, type of mold, inlay and inserts indicated and an indication of the level of rarity.’
    • ‘The nozzles and the suction device are formed independently from the upper mold and the lower mold.’
    cast, die, form, matrix, shape, container
    1. 1.1Something made in a mold, especially a gelatin dessert or a mousse.
      ‘lobster mold with a sauce of carrots and port’
      • ‘Both times were screaming fiascos and we couldn't understand why, so we decided to blame it on the recipe and the molds, and we moved on with our lives.’
      • ‘There are the usual Jello molds, spinach dips and salads, green nacho chips, and pickle displays.’
      • ‘Judy suggests garnishing the mold with fresh raspberries and whole cranberries.’
  • 2in singular A distinctive and typical style, form, or character.

    ‘he planned to conquer the world as a roving reporter in the mold of his hero’
    • ‘the latest policy document is still stuck in the old mold’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wilson crafts this social satire in the mould of Thackeray or Trollope, crisscrossing class barriers with fluid facility.’
    • ‘Will the new Pope be in the mould of John Paul or will he signal a new style of leadership?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In her maps she might be seen as a landscape artist cast in the mould of the Romantics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Great,’ that is, in the mould of Pele, the legend with whom he was first compared as a 15-year-old.’
    • ‘Courageous in the mould of Veronica Guerin, the investigative journalist murdered in Ireland, she has gone on the record about the killers' identities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's in the mould of Robert Millar [Scotland's 1984 Tour de France King of the Mountains] as his ability is very specific.’
    • ‘A tall, athletic footballer, he is good in the set-piece and very mobile - a player in the mould of Scotland's Scott Murray.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr Tuffin is more in the mould of the late actor Marlon Brando.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What he's really fired up about is the fact that Monica is a woman in the mould of Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale.’
    • ‘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.’
    character, nature, temperament, temper, disposition, cast of mind, turn of mind, mettle
    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, mold, 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
  • 3A frame or template for producing moldings.

    ‘all the molds, masters or originals, had been kept for reference’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Form (an object) out of malleable material.

    • ‘a Connecticut inventor molded a catamaran out of polystyrene foam’
    shape, form, fashion, model, work, construct, frame, make, create, configure, manufacture, design, sculpt, sculpture, throw
    1. 1.1Give a shape to (malleable material)
      • ‘take the marzipan and mold it into a cone shape’
      shape, form, fashion, model, work, construct, frame, make, create, configure, manufacture, design, sculpt, sculpture, throw
  • 2Influence the formation or development of.

    • ‘he was instrumental in molding the policy and ideals of the journal’
    determine, direct, control, guide, lead, influence, shape, form, fashion, affect, make

Phrases

    break the mold
    • Put an end to a restrictive pattern of events or behavior by doing things in a markedly different way.

      ‘his work did much to break the mold of the old urban sociology’
      • ‘Would someone attempt to break the mold and introduce a different element?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘If there's a pattern that exists, we're going to break the mold,’ he says.’
      • ‘‘She broke the mould,’ says a Sinn Fein spokesman, ‘of past British secretaries of state, who tended to be quite distant.’’
      • ‘In 1993 we broke the mould by becoming the first club from this area in 68 years to win the Scottish Junior Cup.’
      • ‘He was probably the father figure of British comedy in the latter part of the last century and he truly broke the mould.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I broke the mould and moved out to an office,’ Mr Turner told the Herald.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘SIX young students successfully broke the mould of generations within their families by becoming the very first to participate in a State examination.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Main definitions of mold in English

: mold1mold2mold3

mold2

(British mould)

Pronunciation /mōld/ /moʊld/

Translate mold into Spanish

noun

  • A furry growth of minute fungal hyphae occurring typically in moist warm conditions, especially on food or other organic matter.

    The fungi belong to the subdivision Deuteromycotina (or Ascomycotina)

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

Origin

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

Main definitions of mold in English

: mold1mold2mold3

mold3

(British mould)

Pronunciation /mōld/ /moʊld/

Translate mold into Spanish

noun

  • 1British Soft loose earth.

    • ‘the ground was soft and damp, with old leaves thick in the mold’
    earth, soil, dirt, loam, humus
    1. 1.1The upper soil of cultivated land, especially when rich in organic matter.
      ‘gravel and sand over clay, topped by fine vegetable mold’
      • ‘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

mold

/mōld/ /moʊld/