Etymology: Middle English, from Old English molde; akin to Old High German molta soil, Latin molere to grind — more at meal
Date: before 12th century
1. crumbling soft friable earth suited to plant growth ; soil; especially soil rich in humus — compare leaf mold
2. dialect British
a. the surface of the earth ; ground
b. the earth of the burying ground
3. archaic earth that is the substance of the human body <be merciful great Duke to men of mold — Shakespeare> II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French molde, alteration of Old French modle, from Latin modulus, diminutive of modus measure — more at mete Date: 13th century 1. distinctive nature or character ; type 2. the frame on or around which an object is constructed 3. a. a cavity in which a substance is shaped: as (1) a matrix for casting metal <a bullet mold> (2) a form in which food is given a decorative shape b. a molded object 4. molding 5. a. obsolete an example to be followed b. prototype c. a fixed pattern ; design III. transitive verb Date: 14th century 1. archaic to knead (dough) into a desired consistency or shape 2. to give shape to <the wind molds the waves> 3. to form in a mold <mold candles> 4. to determine or influence the quality or nature of <mold public opinion> 5. to fit the contours of <fitted skirts that mold the hips> 6. to ornament with molding or carving <molded picture frames> • moldable adjective • molder noun IV. noun Etymology: Middle English mowlde, perhaps alteration of mowle, from moulen to grow moldy, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Danish mul mold Date: 14th century 1. a superficial often woolly growth produced especially on damp or decaying organic matter or on living organisms by a fungus (as of the order Mucorales) 2. a fungus that produces mold V. intransitive verb Date: 1530 to become moldy
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.