Etymology
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molding (n.)

also moulding, early 14c., "act of kneading;" late 14c., "process of shaping any plastic substance into a given form;" see mold (n.1). Architectural sense "construction element modified to introduce varieties of outline or contour" is from mid-15c.; carpentry sense is from 1670s.

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Definitions of molding

molding (n.)
the act of creating something by casting it in a mold;
Synonyms: casting
molding (n.)
a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing;
Synonyms: moulding
molding (n.)
a decorative recessed or relieved surface on an edge;
Synonyms: moulding / border
molding (n.)
a preliminary sculpture in wax or clay from which a finished work can be copied;
Synonyms: modeling / modelling / moulding
molding (n.)
sculpture produced by molding;
Synonyms: mold / mould / moulding / modeling / clay sculpture
From wordnet.princeton.edu