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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Mould'

Mould Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    mould n
  1. loose soil rich in organic matter [syn: mold]
  2. a fungus that produces a superficial growth on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter [syn: mold]
  3. sculpture produced by molding [syn: mold, molding, moulding, modeling, clay sculpture]
  4. container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens [syn: mold, cast] v
  5. form in clay, wax, etc; "model a head with clay" [syn: model, mold]
  6. form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold; "cast a bronze sculpture" [syn: cast, mold]
  7. make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the riceballs carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword" [syn: shape, form, work, mold, forge]
Mould Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Mold \Mold\, Mould \Mould\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Molded or Moulded; p. pr. & vb. n. Molding or Moulding.] To cover with mold or soil. [R.]
Mould Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Mold \Mold\, Mould \Mould\, n. [OE. molde, AS. molde; akin to D. mul, G. mull, mulm, OHG. molt, molta, Icel. mold, Dan. muld, Sw. mull, Goth. mulda, and E. meal flour. See Meal, and cf. Mole an animal, Mull, v.] [The prevalent spelling is, perhaps, mould; but as the u has not been inserted in the
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Mould'

Molds (or moulds; see spelling differences) are fungi that grow in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. In contrast, microscopic fungi that grow as single cells are called yeasts. A connected network of these tubular branching hyphae has multiple, genetically identical nuclei and is considered a single organism, referred to as a colony or in more technical terms a mycelium.

Molds do not form a specific taxonomic or phylogenetic grouping, but can be found in the divisions Zygomycota, Deuteromycota and Ascomycota. Some molds cause disease or food spoilage, others play an important role in biodegradation or in the production of various foods, beverages, antibiotics and enzymes.

There are thousands of known species of molds which include opportunistic pathogens, saprotrophs, aquatic species, and thermophiles. Like all fungi, molds derive energy not through photosynthesis but from the organic matter in which they live. Typically, molds secrete hydrolytic enzymes, mainly from the hyphal tips. These enzymes degrade complex biopolymers such as starch, cellulose and lignin into simpler substances which can be absorbed by the hyphae. In this way, molds play a major role in causing decomposition of organic material, enabling the recycling of nutrients throughout ecosystems. Many molds also secrete mycotoxins which, together with hydrolytic enzymes, inhibit the growth of competing microorganisms.

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'Mould' in famous quotation sentence

* You don't merely give over your creativity to making a film-you give over your life In theatre, by contrast, you live these two rather strange lives simultaneously you have no option but to confront the mould on last night's washing-up. - Daniel Day Lewis

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Mould Sample Sentences in News

  • Ask LH: How Can I Remove Mould From A Picture Frame?
    Hey Lifehacker, I have a picture printed onto canvas and behind a glass frame on the wall of our outdoor area. The problem is that when it gets cold the glass gets condensation on it and over time the picture has started to become mouldy. How do I get rid of the mould without damaging my canvas print? And how do I stop it from happening again? More »         Read more on this news related to 'Mould'
  • Report lists China's top 10 plastic mould makers
    A new market report ranks the top 10 players in China’s plastic mould industry, showing strong geographic concentration in the Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta regions. Read more on this news related to 'Mould'
  • Keyshawn Johnson hits back at Kourtney Kardashian
    Keyshawn Johnson insists he is not responsible for the mould in the home he sold Kourtney Kardashian that forced her to flee the house amid concerns it could negatively impact the health of her children and unborn baby. Read more on this news related to 'Mould'

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