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.

Definitions of mold
  1. noun
    the distinctive form in which a thing is made
    synonyms: cast, mould, stamp
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    solid
    a three-dimensional shape
  2. noun
    sculpture produced by molding
    synonyms: clay sculpture, modeling, molding, mould, moulding
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    sculpture
    a three-dimensional work of plastic art
  3. noun
    a dish or dessert that is formed in or on a mold
    “a lobster mold
    “a gelatin dessert made in a mold
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    dish
    a particular item of prepared food
    afters, dessert, sweet
    a dish served as the last course of a meal
  4. noun
    container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens
    synonyms: cast, mould
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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)
  5. noun
    a distinctive nature, character, or type
    “a leader in the mold of her predecessors”
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    earmark, hallmark, stylemark, trademark
    a distinctive characteristic or attribute
  6. verb
    form in clay, wax, etc
    synonyms: model, mould
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    forge, form, mould, shape, work
    make something, usually for a specific function
  7. verb
    form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold
    synonyms: cast, mould
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    press, press out
    press from a plastic
    recast, remold, remould
    cast again
    sand cast
    pour molten metal into a mold of sand
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    forge, form, mould, shape, work
    make something, usually for a specific function
  8. verb
    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
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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
  9. verb
    shape or influence; give direction to
    mold public opinion”
    synonyms: determine, influence, regulate, shape
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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
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    cause, do, make
    give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
  10. verb
    fit tightly, follow the contours of
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    adhere, cleave, cling, cohere, stick
    come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
  11. noun
    a fungus that produces a superficial growth on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter
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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
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    fungus
    an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
  12. noun
    the process of becoming mildewed
    synonyms: mildew, mould
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    spoilage, spoiling
    the process of becoming spoiled
  13. verb
    become moldy; spoil due to humidity
    “The furniture molded in the old house”
    synonyms: mildew
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    smut
    become affected with smut
    dry-rot
    affect or be affected with dry rot
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  14. noun
    loose soil rich in organic matter
    synonyms: mould
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    leaf mold, leaf mould, leaf soil
    soil composed mainly of decaying leaves
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    dirt, soil
    the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
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