AskDefine | Define weld

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Weld \Weld\, n. The state of being welded; the joint made by welding. [1913 Webster] Butt weld. See under Butt. Scarf weld, a joint made by overlapping, and welding together, the scarfed ends of two pieces. [1913 Webster]
Weld \Weld\ (w[e^]ld), v. t. To wield. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
Weld \Weld\ (w[e^]ld), n. [OE. welde; akin to Scot. wald, Prov. G. waude, G. wau, Dan. & Sw. vau, D. wouw.] [1913 Webster]
(Bot.) An herb (Reseda luteola) related to mignonette, growing in Europe, and to some extent in America; dyer's broom; dyer's rocket; dyer's weed; wild woad. It is used by dyers to give a yellow color. [Written also woald, wold, and would.] [1913 Webster]
Coloring matter or dye extracted from this plant. [1913 Webster]
Weld \Weld\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Welded; p. pr. & vb. n. Welding.] [Probably originally the same word as well to spring up, to gush; perhaps from the Scand.; cf. Sw. v[aum]lla to weld, uppv[aum]lla to boil up, to spring up, Dan. v[ae]lde to gush, G. wellen to weld. See Well to spring.] [1913 Webster]
To press or beat into intimate and permanent union, as two pieces of iron when heated almost to fusion. [1913 Webster] Note: Very few of the metals, besides iron and platinum. are capable of being welded. Horn and tortoise shell possess this useful property. [1913 Webster]
Fig.: To unite closely or intimately. [1913 Webster] Two women faster welded in one love. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 European mignonette cultivated as a source of yellow dye; naturalized in North America [syn: dyer's rocket, dyer's mignonette, Reseda luteola]
2 United States abolitionist (1803-1895) [syn: Theodore Dwight Weld]
3 a metal joint formed by softening with heat and fusing or hammering together


1 join together by heating; "weld metal"
2 unite closely or intimately; "Her gratitude welded her to him"

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Etymology 1

From *wealde, from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch wouw, Swedish vau.

Alternative spellings


  1. A herb (Reseda luteola) related to mignonette, growing in Europe, and to some extent in America, used to make a yellow dye; dyer's broom; dyer's rocket; dyer's weed; wild woad.
  2. The yellow coloring matter or dye extracted from this plant.


Etymology 2

Alteration of well (verb), probably influenced by the past participle.


  1. To bind together inseparably; to unite closely or intimately.
  2. To join two materials (especially two metals) together by applying heat, pressure and filler, either separately or in any combination.


  • 1847: Alfred Lord Tennyson, The Princess
    Now should men see / Two women faster welded in one love / Than pairs of wedlock.



  1. The state of being welded; the joint made by welding.

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Etymology 3


  1. To wield.


Weld most commonly refers to a joint formed by welding. Weld may also refer to



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