What does mould mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mold, mouldnoun

    loose soil rich in organic matter

  2. cast, mold, mould, stampnoun

    the distinctive form in which a thing is made

    "pottery of this cast was found throughout the region"

  3. mildew, mold, mouldnoun

    the process of becoming mildewed

  4. mold, mouldnoun

    a fungus that produces a superficial growth on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter

  5. mold, mouldnoun

    a dish or dessert that is formed in or on a mold

    "a lobster mold"; "a gelatin dessert made in a mold"

  6. mold, mouldnoun

    a distinctive nature, character, or type

    "a leader in the mold of her predecessors"

  7. mold, mould, molding, moulding, modeling, clay sculpturenoun

    sculpture produced by molding

  8. mold, mould, castverb

    container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens

  9. model, mold, mouldverb

    form in clay, wax, etc

    "model a head with clay"

  10. cast, mold, mouldverb

    form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold

    "cast a bronze sculpture"

  11. shape, form, work, mold, mould, forgeverb

    make something, usually for a specific function

    "She molded the rice balls carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mouldnoun

    Etymology: moegel, Swedish.

    All moulds are inceptions of putrefaction, as the moulds of pies and flesh, which moulds turn into worms. Francis Bacon.

    Moss is a kind of mould of the earth and trees, but may be better sorted as a rudiment of germination. Francis Bacon.

    Another special affinity is between plants and mould, or putrefaction; for all putrefaction, if it dissolve not in arefaction, will, in the end, issue into plants. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    The malt made in Summer is apt to contract mould. John Mortimer.

    A hermit, who has been shut up in his cell in a college, has contracted a sort of mould and rust upon his soul, and all his airs have aukwardness in them. Isaac Watts.

    Those moulds that are of a bright chesnut or hazelly colour are accounted the best; next to that, the dark grey and russet moulds are accounted best; the light and dark ash-colour are reckoned the worst, such as are usually found on common or heathy ground: the clear tawny is by no means to be approved, but that of a yellowish colour is reckoned the worst of all; this is commonly found in wild and waste parts of the country, and for the most part produces nothing but goss, furz, and fern. All good lands after rain, or breaking up by the spade, will emit a good smell; that being always the best that is neither too unctuous or too lean, but such as will easily dissolve; of a just consistence between sand and clay. Philip Miller.

    Though worms devour me, though I turn to mould,
    Yet in my flesh I shall his face behold. George Sandys, Paraph.

    The black earth, every-where obvious on the surface of the ground, we call mould. John Woodward.

    When the world began,
    One common mass compos’d the mould of man. Dryden.

    Nature form’d me of her softest mould,
    Enfeebled all my soul with tender passions,
    And sunk me even below my weak sex. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    If the liturgies of all the ancient churches be compared, it may be easily perceived they had all one original mould. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    A dangerous president were left for the casting of prayers into certain poetical moulds. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    French churches all cast according unto that mould which Calvin had made. Richard Hooker.

    My wife comes foremost; then the honour’d mould
    Wherein this trunk was fram’d. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    New honours come upon him,
    Like our strange garments cleave not to their mould,
    But with the end of use. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    You may have fruit in more accurate figures, according as you make the moulds. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 502.

    The liquid ore he drain’d
    Into fit moulds prepar’d; from which he form’d
    First his own tools: then what might else be wrought
    Fusile, or grav’n in metal. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi.

    We may hope for new heavens and a new earth, more pure and perfect than the former; as if this was a refiner’s fire, to purge out the dross and coarse parts, and then cast the mass again into a new and better mould. Burnet.

    Sure our souls were near allied, and thine
    Cast in the same poetick mould with mine. Dryden.

    Here in fit moulds to Indian nations known,
    Are cast the several kinds of precious stone. Richard Blackmore.

    No mates for you,
    Unless you were of gentler, milder mould. William Shakespeare.

    William earl of Pembroke was a man of another mould, and making, and of another fame, being the most universally beloved of any man of that age; and, having a great office in the court, he made the court itself better esteemed, and more reverenced in the country. Edward Hyde.

    What creatures there inhabit, of what mould,
    Or substance, how endu’d, and what their pow’r,
    And where their weakness. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ii.

    So must the writer, whose productions should
    Take with the vulgar, be of vulgar mould. Edmund Waller.

    From their main-top joyful news they hear
    Of ships, which by their mould bring new supplies. Dryd.

    Hans Carvel, impotent and old,
    Married a lass of London mould. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Mouldverb

    To contract concreted matter; to gather mould.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    In woods, in waves, in wars she wants to dwell,
    And will be found with peril and with pain;
    Ne can the man that moulds in idle cell
    Unto her happy mansion attain. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    There be some houses wherein sweet meats will relent, and baked meats will mould, more than in others. Francis Bacon.

  3. To Mouldverb

    To cover with mould; to corrupt by mould.

    Very coarse, hoary, moulded bread the soldiers thrust upon their spears, railing against Ferdinand, who made no better provision. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

  4. To Mouldverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I feel
    Of what coarse metal ye are moulded. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Here is the cap your worship did bespeak;
    Why this was moulded on a poringer,
    A velvet dish; fie, fie, ’tis lewd. William Shakespeare.

    The king had taken such liking of his person, that he resolved to make him a master-piece, and to mould him platonically to his own idea. Henry Wotton, Buckingham.

    Did I request thee, Maker! from my clay
    To mould me man? John Milton, Par. Lost, b. x.

    He forgeth and mouldeth metals, and builds houses. Matthew Hale.

    By the force of education we may mould the minds and manners of youth into what shape we please, and give them the impressions of such habits as shall ever afterwards remain. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Then rose the seed of chaos, and of night,
    Of dull and venal a new world to mould,
    And bring Saturnian days of lead and gold. Dunciad, b. iv.

    A faction in England, under the name of puritan, moulded up their new schemes of religion with republican principles in government. Jonathan Swift.

    For you alone he stole
    The fire that forms a manly soul;
    Then, to compleat it ev’ry way,
    He moulded it with female clay. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

    Fabellus would never learn any moral lessons till they were moulded into the form of some fiction or fable like those of Æsop. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind, p. i.


  1. mould

    A mold (US, PH) or mould (UK, CW) is one of the structures certain fungi can form. The dust-like, colored appearance of molds is due to the formation of spores containing fungal secondary metabolites. The spores are the dispersal units of the fungi. Not all fungi form molds. Some fungi form mushrooms; others grow as single cells and are called microfungi (for example yeasts). A large and taxonomically diverse number of fungal species form molds. The growth of hyphae results in discoloration and a fuzzy appearance, especially on food. The network of these tubular branching hyphae, called a mycelium, is considered a single organism. The hyphae are generally transparent, so the mycelium appears like very fine, fluffy white threads over the surface. Cross-walls (septa) may delimit connected compartments along the hyphae, each containing one or multiple, genetically identical nuclei. The dusty texture of many molds is caused by profuse production of asexual spores (conidia) formed by differentiation at the ends of hyphae. The mode of formation and shape of these spores is traditionally used to classify molds. Many of these spores are colored, making the fungus much more obvious to the human eye at this stage in its life-cycle. Molds are considered to be microbes and do not form a specific taxonomic or phylogenetic grouping, but can be found in the divisions Zygomycota and Ascomycota. In the past, most molds were classified within the Deuteromycota. Mold had been used as a common name for now non-fungal groups such as water molds or slime molds that were once considered fungi.Molds cause biodegradation of natural materials, which can be unwanted when it becomes food spoilage or damage to property. They also play important roles in biotechnology and food science in the production of various pigments, foods, beverages, antibiotics, pharmaceuticals and enzymes. Some diseases of animals and humans can be caused by certain molds: disease may result from allergic sensitivity to mold spores, from growth of pathogenic molds within the body, or from the effects of ingested or inhaled toxic compounds (mycotoxins) produced by molds.


  1. mould

    Mould is a type of fungus that grows in the form of multicellular thread-like structures called hyphae. It typically thrives in damp and warm conditions, and can be found in various environments, including soil, plants, and indoor areas. Moulds play an important role in nature by breaking down dead organic matter, but some types can produce allergens or toxins, which can be harmful to human health. In industry, they are used in the production of various foods and beverages, such as cheese and beer, as well as in biotechnology and bio-manufacturing processes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mould

    crumbling, soft, friable earth; esp., earth containing the remains or constituents of organic matter, and suited to the growth of plants; soil

  2. Mould

    earthy material; the matter of which anything is formed; composing substance; material

  3. Mouldverb

    to cover with mold or soil

  4. Mouldnoun

    a growth of minute fungi of various kinds, esp. those of the great groups Hyphomycetes, and Physomycetes, forming on damp or decaying organic matter

  5. Mouldverb

    to cause to become moldy; to cause mold to grow upon

  6. Mouldverb

    to become moldy; to be covered or filled, in whole or in part, with a mold

  7. Mouldnoun

    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

  8. Mouldnoun

    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

  9. Mouldnoun

    cast; form; shape; character

  10. Mouldnoun

    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

  11. Mouldnoun

    a fontanel

  12. Mouldnoun

    a frame with a wire cloth bottom, on which the pump is drained to form a sheet, in making paper by hand

  13. Mouldverb

    to form into a particular shape; to shape; to model; to fashion

  14. Mouldverb

    to ornament by molding or carving the material of; as, a molded window jamb

  15. Mouldverb

    to knead; as, to mold dough or bread

  16. Mouldverb

    to form a mold of, as in sand, in which a casting may be made

  17. Mould

    alt. of Mouldy

  18. Etymology: [OE. molde, OF. mole, F. moule, fr. L. modulus. See Model.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mould

    mōld, n. dust: soil rich in decayed matter: the matter of which anything is composed: a minute fungus which grows on bodies in a damp atmosphere, so named from often growing on mould: the earth, the ground, the grave, esp. in pl. Mools (Scot.).—v.t. to cover with mould or soil: to cause to become mouldy.—v.i. to become mouldy.—n. Mould′-board, the curved plate in a plough which turns over the furrow.—v.i. Mould′er, to crumble to mould: to turn to dust: to waste away gradually.—v.t. to turn to dust.—ns. Mould′iness; Mould′warp, the mole, which casts up little heaps of mould.—adj. Mould′y, overgrown with mould. [A.S. molde; Ger. mull, Goth. mulda.]

  2. Mould

    mōld, n. a hollow form in which anything is cast: a pattern; the form received from a mould, a former or matrix for jellies, &c., also a dish shaped in such: character.—v.t. to form in a mould: to knead, as dough.—adj. Mould′able, that may be moulded.—ns. Mould′-box, a box in which molten steel is hydraulically compressed; Mould′er; Mould′-fac′ing, a fine powder or wash applied to the face of a mould to ensure a smooth casting; Mould′ing, the process of shaping, esp. any soft substance: anything formed by or in a mould: an ornamental edging on a picture-frame, &c., or (archit.) raised above or sunk below the surface of a wall, on cornices, jambs, lintels, &c.—the fillet or list, astragal or bead, ogee, cyma, &c.; Moulding-tā′ble, a table on which a potter moulds his ware; Mould′-loft, a large room in a shipbuilding yard in which the several parts of a ship's hull are laid off to full size from the construction drawings.—Moulding machine, a machine for making wood-mouldings; Moulding plane, a plane used in forming mouldings, a match-plane; Moulding sand, a mixture of sand and loam used by founders in making sand-moulds. [Fr. moule—L. modulus, a measure.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MOULD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mould is ranked #30303 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Mould surname appeared 772 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Mould.

    92.1% or 711 total occurrences were White.
    4% or 31 total occurrences were Black.
    1.4% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mould' in Nouns Frequency: #3009

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mould in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mould in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of mould in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Cooper:

    They break the mould of former leaders ... that focused much more on national politics and explicit ideological concerns.

  2. John Adams:

    [D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man's life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few.

  3. Ryszard Kapuściński:

    Our job is like a baker's work -- his rolls are tasty as long as they're fresh; after two days they're stale; after a week, they're covered with mould and fit only to be thrown out.

  4. John Milton, Paradise Lost:

    Did I request thee Maker, from my clay, to mould me Man? Did I solicit thee from darkness, to promote me?

  5. Jimmy Page:

    Guitarist Keith kicked it off and I began to mould a riff around Guitarist Keith guitar part to augment the arrangement.

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