From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmouldmould1 British English, mold American English /məʊld $ moʊld/ ●○○ noun 1 shaped container [countable]DFU a hollow container that you pour a liquid or soft substance into, so that when it becomes solid, it takes the shape of the container Another method, used especially for figures, was to pour the clay into a mould. lime jello in a mould2 type of person [singular]TYPE if someone is in a particular mould, or fits into a particular mould, they have all the attitudes and qualities typical of a type of personfit (into) a mould She didn’t quite fit into the standard ‘high-flying businesswoman’ mould.in the same mould (as somebody/something)/in the mould of somebody/something a socialist intellectual in the mould of Anthony Crosland3 → break the mould4 growing substance [uncountable]HBD a soft green, grey, or black substance that grows on food which has been kept too long, and on objects that are in warm wet air → mouldy The chemical was used to kill a mold that grows on peanuts. The walls were black with mould. → leaf mouldCOLLOCATIONS – Meanings 2 & 3verbsbreak the mould (=do things in a completely new way)The program broke the mould of the traditional TV chat show.fit the mould (=be like other things of the same type)She doesn't fit the mould of the stereotypical mother.be in the mould of somebody/something (=to be similar to something)As an actor he is in the mould of Bruce Lee.be cast in a mould (=be very like something )He didn't want to be cast in the mould of being an academic.come from a different/the same mould (=be different from or similar to other things of the same type)He clearly comes from a different mould than his brother.adjectivesthe traditional/classic mould (=the usual way)He was not a conservative in the traditional mould.
Examples from the Corpusmould• One pupil envisaged mould as a tiny plant with little legs, which moved from place to place.• The internal mould shows the gently-curving suture lines.• Cultivation: The planting medium should consist of clay, peat, loam or leaf mould and a good layer of sand.• Although not unattractive, he was cut in a rougher mould than his father.• Remember too, that a nut going mouldy in air has room for the mould to show as fibres or a crust.• He obtained a sample of the mould from Fleming, and discovered that it had been incorrectly identified.• What the mould is growing on appears to be a cornflake.• The teeth it exposed were greened with mould, and sharpened.