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Q: word choice ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: word choice
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: happyfisherman-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 12 Oct 2005 17:45 PDT
Expires: 11 Nov 2005 16:45 PST
Question ID: 579561
When I have a casting, what word would describe its relationship to
its mold?  An opposite replication?  A duplicate opposite?  Help me
out, is there a correct term for this?  Not looking for "mirrored", as
this does not describe its three dimensions.  For example, if I have
an aluminum mold, and I pour lead into this mold to make toy soldiers,
what is the relationship of the soldier to the mold?

Request for Question Clarification by leapinglizard-ga on 12 Oct 2005 18:34 PDT
A sculptor would say that the mold is the negative. Good enough for you?


Request for Question Clarification by leapinglizard-ga on 12 Oct 2005 18:37 PDT
See how the word is used here

and in the second sentence of the following page.


Clarification of Question by happyfisherman-ga on 12 Oct 2005 19:08 PDT
Leaping Lizard........Negative sounds right in the context I need.
I appreciate it!
Subject: Re: word choice
Answered By: leapinglizard-ga on 12 Oct 2005 22:28 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
I'm glad you are pleased with my answer. Bear in mind that the
relationship is symmetrical. The mold is the negative of the toy
soldier, just as the toy soldier is the negative of the mold.

happyfisherman-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Very timely answer, thank you

Subject: Re: word choice
From: myoarin-ga on 12 Oct 2005 19:00 PDT
The mold/form is also called or described as a matrix (pl. matrices).
I agree with Leapinglizard that "negative" is possible, as for
example: a three dimensional negative form.
The apparent lack of a patent description, I think, is because the
words mold, form, matrix in relation to casting imply what you want to

But perhaps we could help you further if you clarify why you are asking.
If, say, you are writing something about the process, I think we could
review a sentence or two of the text.

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