Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia.

mold 1

1. A hollow form or matrix for shaping a fluid or plastic substance.
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: a method of scientific investigation that broke the mold and led to a new discovery.
8. Architecture See molding.
v. mold·ed, mold·ing, molds
a. To form (something) out of a fluid or plastic material: molded a cup out of clay.
b. To form into a particular shape; give shape to: molded the clay into a ball.
c. To guide or determine the growth or development of; influence: a teacher who helps to mold the minds of his students.
2. To fit closely by following the contours of (the body). Used of clothing.
To assume a certain shape: shoes that gradually molded to my feet.

[Middle English molde, from Old French modle, molle, from Latin modulus, diminutive of modus, measure; see med- in Indo-European roots.]

mold′a·ble adj.
mold′er n.

mold 2

a. Any of various filamentous fungi that grow on and contribute to the decay of organic matter.
b. A growth of such fungi.
2. Any of various other saprophytic or parasitic organisms that resemble fungi, such as slime molds or water molds.
intr.v. mold·ed, mold·ing, molds
To become moldy.

[Middle English moulde, probably from past participle of moulen, to grow moldy, from Old Norse mygla.]

mold 3

1. Loose friable soil, rich in humus and fit for planting.
2. Chiefly British
a. The earth; the ground.
b. The earth of the grave.
3. Archaic Earth as the substance of the human body.

[Middle English, from Old English molde; see melə- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.moldable - capable of being molded or modeled (especially of earth or clay or other soft material)moldable - capable of being molded or modeled (especially of earth or clay or other soft material); "plastic substances such as wax or clay"
elastic - capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy; "an elastic band"; "a youthful and elastic walk"


Capable of being shaped, bent, or drawn out, as by hammering or pressure:
References in periodicals archive ?
MS-4002, MS-4022 and MS-4007 moldable optical silicones are said to offer enhanced optical, mechanical and processing properties.
Three years ago, with the launch of Dow Corning[R] Moldable Silicones, our company not only expanded its portfolio of optical-grade solutions, it also multiplied the design flexibilities of LED lighting designers worldwide," says Hugo da Silva, global industry director for LED lighting at Dow Corning.
With the launch of our pre-colored Radel R-7159 products, we extend that legacy to include injection moldable resins that can cost-effectively meet exacting specifications for today s commercial aircraft cabin interiors.
Three layers of moldable white-emitting polymer are combined with nanomaterials that glow when stimulated by electricity, resulting in a sunlight-esque output.
A quiet, moldable security cover with scratch-resistant interior protects your optics when you're not using them.
is a leader in the ear care category as well as the developer of the first moldable silicone earplug.
Patented recently is a thermal compression moldable nonwoven multilayered fibrous batts having substantially uniform density are provided, which are useful, for example, for fabrication of multi-density molded parts, such as multi-density molded vehicle liners.
2] plant meets growing demand for the company's Cool-Poly thermally conductive compounds and new Xyloy injection moldable metal alloys.
Goodyear found that heating rubber and adding sulfur changed raw rubber from a sticky, moldable lump into a stretchy material.
EquivaBone is the first osteoinductive and osteoconductive product that is moldable, injectable and sets hard once implanted.
The moldable absorbent mat conforms to virtually any shape to control condensation, leaks, and drips.
The material is moldable, which means numerous items can be quickly produced, including helmets for firefighters and linters for pick-up truck beds.