31 August 2009


Now here's a cheery one. Mouldering seems to be decomposition, but it implies a certain dryness, a crumbling to dust rather than the (urp) wet sort of gelatinous mess one might find in mortificacious circumstances.

The dead are sleeping in their sepulchres:
And, mouldering as they sleep, a thrilling sound,
Half sense half thought, among the darkness stirs,
Breathed from their wormy beds all living things around,
And, mingling with the still night and mute sky,
Its awful hush is felt inaudibly.

[From "A Summer Evening Churchyard," by Percy Bysshe Shelley]


Molder Mold"er, Moulder Mould"er, v. i. [imp. & p. p.
Molderedor Mouldered; p. pr. & vb. n. Moldering or
Mouldering.] [From Mold fine soft earth: cf. Prov. G.
To crumble into small particles; to turn to dust by natural
decay; to lose form, or waste away, by a gradual separation
of the component particles, without the presence of water; to
crumble away.
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The moldering of earth in frosts and sun. --Bacon.
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When statues molder, and when arches fall. --Prior.
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If he had sat still, the enemy's army would have
moldered to nothing. --Clarendon.
[1913 Webster] Molder

-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

adj : becoming rotten; "a field covered with thousands of
decomposing bodies"; "John Brown's body lies
a-moldering in the grave" [syn: decomposing, moldering]

-- From WordNet (r) 2.0

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