mould

mould
[[t]mo͟ʊld[/t]]
moulds, moulding, moulded
(in AM, use mold)
1) N-COUNT A mould is a hollow container that you pour liquid into. When the liquid becomes solid, it takes the same shape as the mould.

Spoon the mixture carefully into the mould...

The moulds for the foundry are made in the toolroom area.

...jelly moulds.

2) N-COUNT: usu with supp If a person fits into or is cast in a mould of a particular kind, they have the characteristics, attitudes, behaviour, or lifestyle that are typical of that type of person.

At first sight, Joe Pesci is not exactly cast in the leading man mould...

He was from the same mould as the men she had gazed at worshipfully when a child: rich, handsome, of impeccable social standing.

PHRASE: V inflects If you say that someone breaks the mould, you mean that they do completely different things from what has been done before or from what is usually done.

Memorial services have become tedious and expected. I would like to help break the mould...

When they first started, they said they were going to break the mould of British politics.

3) VERB If you mould a soft substance such as plastic or clay, you make it into a particular shape or into an object.

[V n into n] Using 2 spoons, mould the cheese mixture into small balls or ovals...

[V n] Before we left the camp, my twin brother and I moulded a chair out of mud.

4) VERB To mould someone or something means to change or influence them over a period of time so that they develop in a particular way.

[V n] She was only 17 at the time and the experience moulded her personality...

[V n] Here we outline some of the sometimes conflicting forces moulding the debate...

[V n into n] Too often we try to mold our children into something they do not wish to be.

Syn:
5) V-ERG When something moulds to an object or when you mould it there, it fits round the object tightly so that the shape of the object can still be seen.

[V to/around/round n] You need a malleable pillow that will mould to the curves of your neck...

[V n around/round/to n] She stepped onto the catwalk and stood there, the wind moulding the smock around her.

6) N-MASS Mould is a soft grey, green, or blue substance that sometimes forms in spots on old food or on damp walls or clothes.
See also leaf mould

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • mould n — mould v …   English expressions

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  • mould|y — «MOHL dee», adjective, mould|i|er, mould|i|est. Especially British. moldy …   Useful english dictionary

  • mould — [ mould ] the British spelling of mold1 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mould — chiefly British English spelling of MOLD (Cf. mold) in various senses. Related: Moulded; moulding …   Etymology dictionary

  • mould — (Brit.) məʊld n. pattern or form for giving a particular shape; something that has been molded; nature, character; decorative edging, patterned rim; fungal growth (also mold) v. fashion, shape; shape or form in a mold; become moldy, mildew;… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mould — There are three separate words spelt this way in BrE: a hollow container for making a shape, a fungous growth, and loose friable earth. All three have corresponding verbs. In AmE the spelling in all meanings is mold …   Modern English usage

  • mould — [mōld] n., vt., vi. chiefly Brit. sp. of MOLD1, MOLD2, MOLD3 mouldy adj. mouldier, mouldiest …   English World dictionary

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