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Mold, n.1 Also: molde, and Moal(e. [ME. molde (north. mold), e.m.E. mold(e, mould, OE. molde wk. fem., ON. mold str. fem.: cf. Mould(e and Muld(e n.1In later south Sc. (and north. Eng.) dial. also as moud.]

1. Earth, soil. a1500 Henr. Fab. 83 (Makc.).
It wer pete thow suld in this myddyng Be beriit thus amang this muk & mold [H. on mold]
a1570-86 Merser Maitl. F. clxiii. 13.
Eyrd apone eird and mold vpone mold Lyke as eird vnto eird never go sold Eird gois apone eird
1535 Stewart 26890.
Ilk man said he rakkit nocht of gold No moir that tyme than muldis of the mold
a1585 Maitl. Q. xlvi. 33.
As the mas misforme of mudie mold Be quelling dois fair qualiteis acquyire
1580 Orkney & Shetl. Rec. I. 198.
Be deliuerance to thame of the said stane and mold as vse is

2. The (surface of the) earth, the ground; the earth on which we dwell, the world.Only in verse, espec. allit. or in allit. contexts, in the phrases on (upon), also abone, in, over (the, this) mold.(1) c1450-2 Howlat 2.
At morne as I ment Throwe myrth markit on mold till a grene meid
Ib. 367.
A lyon … Maid maikles of mycht on mold quhar he movit
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 350.
He is maid on mold meik as ane child
Ib. 446.
I sall preif all my pane … Hym to mensk on mold
Ib. 682.
Thai mighty men vpon mold ane riale course maid
Ib. 457, 818, 1119, 1171. a1500 Henr. III. 48/212 (Ch.).
Non mithtiar on mold For couatise
a1500 Colk. Sow i. 413.
Be than wes machit on mold Als mony as thay wold
a1550 Tayis Bank 87.
Non on mold that did hir meit
Ib. 90. 1570 Sempill Sat. P. xii. 94.
All men on mold ar markit for to de
1604-31 Craig i. 11.
Thy match on mould nor was, nor yet shall bee
Ib. ii. 157.(2) c1450-2 Howlat 73.
Hir … That thus has maid on the mold ane monstour of me
Ib. 902. a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 552.
Bery broune wes the blonk … Wpone the mold quhare thai met
Ib. 807.
For al the mobil on the mold
?a1500 Rosw. & Lillian 229.
Roswall was mourning on the mold [: gold]
1535 Stewart 9739.
Nane manliar wes markit on the mold
Ib. 41281, etc. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 4921.
Sa couetous as he was … I neuer red ane formit on the mold
Ib. 5223; etc. 1567 G. Ball. 94.
All … dwellaris on the molde
Ib. 186.
Quhill half the ryches on the molde Is seasit in thair handis
a 1570 Misc. Spald. C. II. xxviii.
The bonie bird sat on the mold [: gold]
(3) 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 1833.
Nor mare weilfare til haue abone the mold
(4) 1573 Sempill Sat. P. xxxix. 316.
Geue ȝe be myndit on this mold remaine
1604-31 Craig i. 34.
There is no loue allace vpon this mournefull molde
(5) 1513 Doug. viii. Prol. 148.
Of all the mowys in this mold sen God merkyt man
(6) a1568 Bann. MS. 265 a/1.
Furth ouer the mold at morrow as I ment

b. The earth or ground of the grave. In mold, wndyr mold, = in the grave. c1420 Wynt. vii. 572 (c) [see Muld(e n.1 2 (1)].
In mold
c1475 Wall. ii. 213.
Hyr most desyr was to be wndyr mold

3. The ‘field’ of a heraldic escutcheon. c1450-2 Howlat 413.
Syne in asure the mold A lyoun crovnit with gold

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