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Mould, subst. 1) the matrix in which any thing is cast and receives its form: Ven. 730. Cor. V, 3, 22. Hml. III, 1, 161. Lr. III, 2, 8. Used of the body as giving shape to the garments: “strange garments cleave not to their m. but with the aid of use,” Mcb. I, 3, 145.
2) cast, form, frame: “unless you were of gentler, milder m.” Shr. I, 1, 60. “the very m. and frame of hand, nail, finger,” Wint. II, 3, 103. “were there but this single plot to lose, this m. of Marcius, they to dust should grind it,” Cor. III, 2, 103. In Troil. I, 3, 293 Ff m., Q and M. Edd. host.
3) In Pistol's language men of m. == men made of earth, earth-born, mortal: “be merciful, great duke, to men of m.” H5 III, 2, 23.
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