mold


mold
{{11}}mold (n.1) also mould, "hollow shape," c.1200, originally "fashion, form; nature, native constitution, character," metathesized from O.Fr. modle "model, plan, copy; way, manner" (12c., Mod.Fr. moule), from L. modulum (nom. modulus) "measure, model," dim. of modus "manner" (see MODE (Cf. mode) (1)). From c.1300 as "pattern or model by which something is shaped or made." To break the mold "render impossible the creation of another" is from 1560s.
{{12}}mold (n.2) also mould, "furry fungus," early 15c., probably from moulde, pp. of moulen "to grow moldy" (early 13c.), related to O.N. mygla "grow moldy," possibly from P.Gmc. * (s)muk- indicating "wetness, slipperiness," from PIE *meug- (see MUCUS (Cf. mucus)). Or it might have evolved from (or been influenced by) O.E. molde "loose earth" (see MOLD (Cf. mold) (n.3)).
{{12}}mold (n.3) also mould, "loose earth," O.E. molde "earth, sand, dust, soil; land, country, world," from P.Gmc. *mulda (Cf. O.Fris. molde "earth, soil," O.N. mold "earth," M.Du. moude, Du. moude, O.H.G. molta "dust, earth," Goth. mulda "dust"), from PIE root *mele- "to rub, grind" (see MEAL (Cf. meal) (n.2)). Specifically, since late (Christian) Old English, "the earth of the grave."
{{13}}mold (v.) also mould, mid-14c., "to mix, blend;" late 14c. "to knead, shape," from MOLD (Cf. mold) (n.1). Figurative sense (of character, etc.) is from c.1600. Related: Molded; molding.

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  • mold — mold1 [mōld] n. [ME moolde < OFr molle, earlier modle < L modulus: see MODULE] 1. a pattern, hollow form, or matrix for giving a certain shape to something in a plastic or molten state 2. a frame, shaped core, etc. on or around which… …   English World dictionary

  • Mold — Mold, Mould Mould, n. [OE. molde, OF. mole, F. moule, fr. L. modulus. See {Model}.] [For spelling, see 2d {Mold}, above.] 1. The matrix, or cavity, in which anything is shaped, and from which it takes its form; also, the body or mass containing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mold — Mold, Mould Mould, v. t. [Cf. F. mouler, OF. moler, moller. See {Mold} the matrix.] 1. To form into a particular shape; to shape; to model; to fashion. [1913 Webster] He forgeth and moldeth metals. Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster] Did I request thee,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mold — Mold, Mould Mould, n. [OE. molde, AS. molde; akin to D. mul, G. mull, mulm, OHG. molt, molta, Icel. mold, Dan. muld, Sw. mull, Goth. mulda, and E. meal flour. See {Meal}, and cf. {Mole} an animal, {Mull}, v.] [The prevalent spelling is, perhaps,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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