mold

That green fungus growing on your bread is called mold — use it as a science experiment if you want to, but you definitely shouldn't plan on eating it. Mold grows where there is damp, decaying organic matter.

A mold is also a container that certain foods or materials — like gelatin, chocolate, wax or concrete — can be poured into. When the food or material sets, it will keep the shape of the mold. If you pour red and blue gelatin into molds shaped like stars, you'll have a great patriotic dessert for the Fourth of July. As a verb, mold can mean to influence. Good teachers mold their students' interests and passions.

Primary Meanings of mold

1.
nv
the distinctive form in which a thing is made
form in clay, wax, etc
2.
nv
a fungus that produces a superficial growth on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter
become moldy; spoil due to humidity
3.
n
loose soil rich in organic matter
Full Definitions of mold
1

n the distinctive form in which a thing is made

Synonyms:
cast, mould, stamp
Type of:
solid
a three-dimensional shape

n sculpture produced by molding

Synonyms:
clay sculpture, modeling, molding, mould, moulding
Type of:
sculpture
a three-dimensional work of plastic art

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

“a lobster mold
“a gelatin dessert made in a mold
Synonyms:
mould
Type of:
dish
a particular item of prepared food
afters, dessert, sweet
a dish served as the last course of a meal

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

Synonyms:
cast, mould
Types:
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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
Type 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)

n a distinctive nature, character, or type

“a leader in the mold of her predecessors”
Synonyms:
mould
Type of:
earmark, hallmark, stylemark, trademark
a distinctive characteristic or attribute

v form in clay, wax, etc

Synonyms:
model, mould
Type of:
forge, form, mould, shape, work
make something, usually for a specific function

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

Synonyms:
cast, mould
Types:
press, press out
press from a plastic
recast, remold, remould
cast again
sand cast
pour molten metal into a mold of sand
Type of:
forge, form, mould, shape, work
make something, usually for a specific function

v make something, usually for a specific function

“She molded the rice balls carefully”
Synonyms:
forge, form, mould, shape, work
process, work, work on
shape, form, or improve a material
Types:
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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
preform
form or shape beforehand or determine the shape of beforehand
preform
form into a shape resembling the final, desired one
mound
form into a rounded elevation
hill
form into a hill
roughcast
shape roughly
remold, reshape
shape again or shape differently
sinter
cause (ores or powdery metals) to become a coherent mass by heating without melting
cast, 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, mould
form in clay, wax, etc
hew, hew out
make or shape as with an axe
gouge out
make gouges into a surface
rabbet
cut a rectangular groove into
grave, sculpt, sculpture
shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it
die, die out
cut or shape with a die
mound over
form a mound over
press, press out
press from a plastic
recast, remold, remould
cast again
sand cast
pour molten metal into a mold of sand
forge, hammer
create by hammering
fret
carve a pattern into
Type of:
create from raw material, create from raw stuff
make from scratch

v shape or influence; give direction to

mold public opinion”
Synonyms:
determine, influence, regulate, shape
Types:
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dispose, incline
make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief
disincline, indispose
make unwilling
miscreate
shape or form or make badly
carry weight
have influence to a specified degree
decide
influence or determine
reshape
shape anew or differently
time
set the speed, duration, or execution of
index
adjust through indexation
pace
regulate or set the pace of
predetermine
determine beforehand
predispose
make susceptible
foreordain, predestine, preordain
foreordain or determine beforehand
foreordain, predestinate, predestine
foreordain by divine will or decree
Type of:
cause, do, make
give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

v fit tightly, follow the contours of

“The dress molds her beautiful figure”
Type of:
adhere, cleave, cling, cohere, stick
come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
2

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

Synonyms:
mould
Types:
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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
Rhizopus nigricans, bread mold
a mold of the genus Rhizopus
Type of:
fungus
an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia

n the process of becoming mildewed

Synonyms:
mildew, mould
Type of:
spoilage, spoiling
the process of becoming spoiled

v become moldy; spoil due to humidity

“The furniture molded in the old house”
Synonyms:
mildew
Types:
smut
become affected with smut
dry-rot
affect or be affected with dry rot
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
3

n loose soil rich in organic matter

Synonyms:
mould
Types:
leaf mold, leaf mould, leaf soil
soil composed mainly of decaying leaves
Type of:
dirt, soil
the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock

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