(1)   Container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens
(2)   Sculpture produced by molding
(3)   A fungus that produces a superficial growth on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter
(4)   The process of becoming mildewed
(5)   The distinctive form in which a thing is made
"Pottery of this cast was found throughout the region"
(6)   Loose soil rich in organic matter


(7)   Become moldy; spoil due to humidity
"The furniture molded in the old house"
(8)   Shape or influence; give direction to
"Experience often determines ability"
"Mold public opinion"
(9)   Fit tightly, follow the contours of
"The dress molds her beautiful figure"
(10)   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"
(11)   Form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold
"Cast a bronze sculpture"
(12)   Form in clay, wax, etc
"Model a head with clay"

Etymology 1

Via and from


  1. A hollow form or matrix for shaping a fluid or plastic substance.W
  2. A frame or model around or on which something is formed or shaped.
  3. Something that is made in or shaped on a mold.
  4. The shape or pattern of a mold.
  5. General shape or form.
    the oval mold of her face
  6. Distinctive character or type.
    a leader in the mold of her predecessors
  7. A fixed or restrictive pattern or form
    His method of scientific investigation broke the mold and led to a new discovery.
  8. See molding.


  1. To shape in or on a mold.
  2. 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.
  3. To guide or determine the growth or development of; influence; as, a teacher who helps to mold the minds of his students
  4. To fit closely by following the contours of.
  5. To make a mold of or from (molten metal, for example) before casting.
  6. To ornament with moldings.
  7. To be shaped in or as if in a mold.
    These shoes gradually molded to my feet.

Etymology 2

Via from


  1. A natural substance in the form of a woolly or furry growth of tiny fungi that appears when organic material lies for a long time exposed to (usually warm and moist) air.