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MOLD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mold mean? 

MOLD (noun)
  The noun MOLD has 6 senses:

1. the distinctive form in which a thing is made
2. container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens
3. loose soil rich in organic matter
4. the process of becoming mildewed
5. a fungus that produces a superficial growth on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter
6. sculpture produced by molding

  Familiarity information: MOLD used as a noun is common.


MOLD (verb)
  The verb MOLD has 6 senses:

1. form in clay, wax, etc
2. become moldy; spoil due to humidity
3. form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold
4. make something, usually for a specific function
5. fit tightly, follow the contours of
6. shape or influence; give direction to

  Familiarity information: MOLD used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


MOLD (noun)


Sense 1mold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The distinctive form in which a thing is made

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

mold; stamp; cast

Context example:

pottery of this cast was found throughout the region

Hypernyms ("mold" is a kind of...):

solid (a three-dimensional shape)


Sense 2mold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

cast; mold; mould

Hypernyms ("mold" is a kind of...):

container (any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mold"):

form (a mold for setting concrete)

matrix (mold used in the production of phonograph records, type, or other relief surface)

pig; pig bed (mold consisting of a bed of sand in which pig iron is cast)

sandbox (mold consisting of a box with sand shaped to mold metal)


Sense 3mold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Loose soil rich in organic matter

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

mould; mold

Hypernyms ("mold" is a kind of...):

dirt; soil (the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mold"):

leaf mold; leaf mould; leaf soil (soil composed mainly of decaying leaves)


Sense 4mold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The process of becoming mildewed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

mildew; mold

Hypernyms ("mold" is a kind of...):

spoilage; spoiling (the process of becoming spoiled)


Sense 5mold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

mould; mold

Hypernyms ("mold" is a kind of...):

fungus (a parasitic plant lacking chlorophyll and leaves and true stems and roots and reproducing by spores)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mold"):

mucor (any mold of the genus Mucor)

rhizopus (any of various rot causing fungi of the genus Rhizopus)

water mold (parasitic or saprobic organisms living chiefly in fresh water or moist soil)


Sense 6mold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sculpture produced by molding

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

clay sculpture; modeling; moulding; mould; molding; mold

Hypernyms ("mold" is a kind of...):

sculpture (a three-dimensional work of plastic art)


MOLD (verb)


Sense 1mold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Form in clay, wax, etc

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

mold; mould; model

Context example:

model a head with clay

Hypernyms (to "mold" is one way to...):

forge; form; mold; mould; shape; work (make something, usually for a specific function)

Domain category:

art; artistic creation; artistic production (the creation of beautiful or significant things)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

Did he mold his major works over a short period of time?


Sense 2mold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become moldy; spoil due to humidity

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

mildew; mold

Context example:

The furniture molded in the old house

Hypernyms (to "mold" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "mold"):

smut (become affected with smut)

dry-rot (affect or be affected with dry rot)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something ----s something


Sense 3mold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

mould; mold; cast

Context example:

cast a bronze sculpture

Hypernyms (to "mold" is one way to...):

forge; form; mold; mould; shape; work (make something, usually for a specific function)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "mold"):

press; press out (press from a plastic)

recast; remold; remould (cast again)

sand cast (pour molten metal into a mold of sand)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4mold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make something, usually for a specific function

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

shape; mould; mold; form; forge; work

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "mold" is one way to...):

create from raw material; create from raw stuff (make from scratch)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "mold"):

remold; reshape (shape again or shape differently)

roughcast (shape roughly)

hill (form into a hill)

mound (form into a rounded elevation)

sinter (cause (ores or powdery metals) to become a coherent mass by heating without melting)

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

throw (make on a potter's wheel)

coil; hand-build; handbuild (make without a potter's wheel)

sculpt; sculpture (create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material)

model; mold; mould (form in clay, wax, etc)

preform (form into a shape resembling the final, desired one)

preform (form or shape beforehand or determine the shape of beforehand)

carve (form by carving)

swage; upset (form metals with a swage)

chip (form by chipping)

layer (make or form a layer)

cut out (form and create by cutting out)

machine (turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery)

grind (shape or form by grinding)

stamp (form or cut out with a mold, form, or die)

puddle (subject to puddling or form by puddling)

beat (shape by beating)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 5mold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fit tightly, follow the contours of

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

The dress molds her beautiful figure

Hypernyms (to "mold" is one way to...):

adhere; cleave; cling; cohere; stick (come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 6mold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shape or influence; give direction to

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

shape; determine; influence; regulate; mold

Context examples:

experience often determines ability / mold public opinion

Hypernyms (to "mold" is one way to...):

cause; do; make (give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "mold"):

predetermine (determine beforehand)

pace (regulate or set the pace of)

index (adjust through indexation)

time (set the speed, duration, or execution of)

reshape (shape anew or differently)

decide (influence or determine)

carry weight (have influence to a specified degree)

miscreate (shape or form or make badly)

disincline; indispose (make unwilling)

dispose; incline (make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s something
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


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