Molder Mold"er, Moulder Mould"er, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Moldered}or {Mouldered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Moldering} or {Mouldering}.] [From {Mold} fine soft earth: cf. Prov. G. multern.] To crumble into small particles; to turn to dust by natural decay; to lose form, or waste away, by a gradual separation of the component particles, without the presence of water; to crumble away. [1913 Webster]

The moldering of earth in frosts and sun. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

When statues molder, and when arches fall. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

If he had sat still, the enemy's army would have moldered to nothing. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

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  • molder — [mōl′dər] vi. [freq. of obs. v. mold, to molder: see MOLD3 & ER] to crumble into dust; decay; waste away: often with away vt. Now Rare to cause to molder SYN. DECAY …   English World dictionary

  • Molder — Mold er, Moulder Mould er, v. t. To turn to dust; to cause to crumble; to cause to waste away. [1913 Webster] [Time s] gradual touch Has moldered into beauty many a tower. Mason. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Molder — Mold er, Moulder Mould er, n. One who, or that which, molds or forms into shape; specifically (Founding), one skilled in the art of making molds for castings. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • molder — index decay Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • molder — molder1 /mohl deuhr/, v.i. 1. to turn to dust by natural decay; crumble; disintegrate; waste away: a house that had been left to molder. v.t. 2. to cause to molder. [1525 35; obs. mold to crumble (v. use of MOLD3) + ER6] molder2 /mohl deuhr/, n.… …   Universalium

  • Molder — This very interesting surname describes a medieval trade, but not one recognizeable from the spelling form. It is of Germanic origins although probably introduced by the Normans after the 1066 invasion of Britain, and describes a maker or carver… …   Surnames reference

  • molder — {{11}}molder (n.) also moulder, mid 15c., one who molds or forms, agent noun from MOLD (Cf. mold) (v.). From late 13c. as a surname. {{12}}molder (v.) also moulder, to crumble away, 1530s, probably frequentative of MOLD (Cf. mold) (n.3) loose… …   Etymology dictionary

  • molder — 1. noun a) A person who makes molds. b) A tool for making molds. 2. verb To decay to dust, to disintegrate from rot. The old book was left to molder until only the cover was left to show it had ever been written …   Wiktionary

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  • molder — mold|er [ mouldər ] or ,molder a way verb intransitive to decay or to remain in a place without developing …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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