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Is there a word to describe a general class of objects which are specifically designed to hold the form or shape of another object.

Almost the opposite or inverse of a mould. In a similar way that a skeleton holds the shape of a body, or a cobbler's iron holds the shape of a shoe while being worked upon.

I'm thinking of something in a similar vein to a brace, frame, scaffold, or a jig. Specifically a solid object inside of another object that would not hold its form otherwise.


The context in which I wish to use this word:

"The coil is wound and bound tightly to the plastic word, in order that the coil maintains it shape and form"

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I suggest the word former:

The coil is wound and bound tightly to the plastic former, in order that the coil maintains it shape and form.

The Lexico entry says

former
NOUN

1.1 A tool, mould, or other device used to form articles or shape materials.

The sheets are drawn over shaped formers to the extent that they deform plastically and assume the required profiles.

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    I think you win a coconut!
    – Q.P.
    Apr 1, 2020 at 15:33
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    Or just form. Apr 1, 2020 at 16:32
  • @KevinKrumwiede that is more like a mould: for example formwork to contain concrete, but OP wants the opposite. Apr 1, 2020 at 16:40
  • @WeatherVane The word form doesn't suggest positive or negative to me (AmE). And the second definition you quoted contains the word mould. Apr 1, 2020 at 17:03
  • @KevinKrumwiede that's a fair observation, I suggest you write an answer. Apr 1, 2020 at 17:10
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Armature, in the arts. It's the second definition in most dictionaries, but wire as armature is quite common.

Armature

  1. An open framework on which a sculpture is moulded with clay or similar material.

We do build twisted aluminium wire armatures (skeleton-like structures that the model can be built around) which are used for models with simple or limited movement.

2.1 A framework or formal structure, especially of a literary work.

Shakespeare's plots have served as the armature for many novels.

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  • I really like this word! I hadn't come across it. It doesn't feel quite right for my purpose, but +1 because you taught me something new.
    – Q.P.
    Apr 1, 2020 at 15:32
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Scaffold is what came to mind while going through your question, then i read that you are already look for a word similar to that.

What about

Skeleton

Also may I know in what context you intend to use this?

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  • Yes skeleton also came to mind, but specifically one solid object. I'll add the conext to the question.
    – Q.P.
    Apr 1, 2020 at 7:28
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    What about 'frame'? Apr 1, 2020 at 7:46
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    Might be a bit far-fetched but what about 'core'?
    – Davis
    Apr 1, 2020 at 7:48

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