(Mo"lar), a. [L. molaris, fr. mola mill, fr. molere to grind in a mill. See Mill the machine.] Having
power to grind; grinding; as, the molar teeth; also, of or pertaining to the molar teeth. Bacon.
(Mo"lar), n. (Anat.) Any one of the teeth back of the incisors and canines. The molars which
replace the deciduous or milk teeth are designated as premolars, and those which are not preceded by
deciduous teeth are sometimes called true molars. See Tooth.
(Mo"la*ry) a. Same as 2d Molar.
(Mo*lasse") n. [F. molasse, prob. fr. mollasse flabby, flimsy, fr. L. mollis soft.] (Geol.) A
soft Tertiary sandstone; applied to a rock occurring in Switzerland. See Chart of Geology.
(Mo*las"ses) n. [F. mélasse, cf. Sp. melaza, Pg. melaço, fr. L. mellaceus honeylike,
honey-sweet, mel, mellis, honey. See Mellifluous, and cf. Melasses.] The thick, brown or dark colored,
viscid, uncrystallizable sirup which drains from sugar, in the process of manufacture; any thick, viscid,
sweet sirup made from vegetable juice or sap, as of the sorghum or maple. See Treacle.
(Mold) n. [See Mole a spot.] A spot; a blemish; a mole. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Mold, 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
other words of this class, as bold, gold, old, cold, etc., it seems desirable to complete the analogy by
dropping it from this word, thus spelling it as Spenser, South, and many others did. The omission of the
u is now very common in America.]
1. Crumbling, soft, friable earth; esp., earth containing the remains or constituents of organic matter, and
suited to the growth of plants; soil.
2. Earthy material; the matter of which anything is formed; composing substance; material.
The etherial mold,Milton.
Incapable of stain.
Nature formed me of her softest mold.Addison.
(Mold, Mould) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Molded or Moulded; p. pr. & vb. n. Molding or Moulding.]
To cover with mold or soil. [R.]
(Mold, Mould), n. [From the p. p. of OE. moulen to become moldy, to rot, prob. fr. Icel. mygla
to grow musty, mugga mugginess; cf. Sw. mögla to grow moldy. See Muggy, and cf. Moldy.] (Bot.)
A growth of minute fungi of various kinds, esp. those of the great groups Hyphomycetes, and Physomycetes,
forming on damp or decaying organic matter.
The common blue mold of cheese, the brick-red cheese mold, and the scarlet or orange strata which
grow on tubers or roots stored up for use, when commencing to decay, are familiar examples. M. J.
(Mold, Mould), v. t. To cause to become moldy; to cause mold to grow upon.
(Mold, Mould), v. i. To become moldy; to be covered or filled, in whole or in part, with a mold.
(Mold, Mould), n. [OE. molde, OF. mole, F. moule, fr. L. modulus. See Model.] [For spelling,
see 2d Mold, above.]
1. The matrix, or cavity, in which anything is shaped, and from which it takes its form; also, the body or
mass containing the cavity; as, a sand mold; a jelly mold. Milton.