solder

noun
sol·der | \ ˈsä-dər , ˈsȯ- , British also ˈsäl-də , ˈsōl- \

Definition of solder 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a metal or metallic alloy used when melted to join metallic surfaces especially : an alloy of lead and tin so used

2 : something that unites

solder

verb
soldered; soldering\ˈsä-d(ə-)riŋ, ˈsȯ-, British alsoˈsäl-, ˈsōl- \

Definition of solder (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to unite or make whole by solder

2 : to bring into or restore to firm union a friendship soldered by common interests

intransitive verb

1 : to use solder

2 : to become united or repaired by or as if by solder

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Other words from solder

Verb

solderability \ˌsä-də-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌsȯ- \ noun
solderer \ˈsä-dər-ər, ˈsȯ- \ noun

Examples of solder in a Sentence

Verb

Wires are soldered onto the circuit board.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lead, used in water pipes until 1950 in Milwaukee and in the solder connecting copper piping until the 1980s, can flake into drinking water. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mayor Tom Barrett has nominated a new Health Department commissioner. Here are the problems facing the agency," 12 July 2018 Newcomen discovered the value of cold-water injection by accident, Mr. Rhodes says, when a defective cylinder solder failed. Charles R. Morris, WSJ, "‘Energy’ Review: The Path to Power," 21 June 2018 Widely used in water pipes until the 1950s and in the solder connecting copper piping until the 1980s, lead can flake into drinking water, damaging a child's growth and ability to learn. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee failed to protect lead-poisoned children by massive neglect and missteps," 31 May 2018 Crucial corrosion-control chemicals were not added to the water, which allowed lead to leach from older pipes, solder and fixtures within homes. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "State: McLaren Flint was primary source of Legionnaires' outbreak," 30 May 2018 According to government figures provided in March, the armed forces were 1,000 troops short in terms of full-time squad leaders, solders and sailors. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, "Sweden to send war pamphlet to 4.8 million households," 22 May 2018 Here, Tharme and his co-workers replace broken wheels, re-solder antennas, and generally make sure the robots can keep on trucking. James Vincent, The Verge, "Welcome to the automated warehouse of the future," 8 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His father worked in landscaping; his mother soldered computer chips. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "‘He’s just a doer’: Meet Seattle police-chief candidate Ely Reyes," 9 July 2018 Instead of couches and other furniture, the mobile lab has storage boxes, 13 workstations, soldering equipment, a borescope that can find defects in pipes, 3D printing equipment and devices that measure fatigue in materials. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Goodwin College Mobile Classroom Hits The Road To Pitch Connecticut Students On Manufacturing," 18 June 2018 Interestingly, the existence of the time capsule -- a rectangular copper box soldered shut -- was not known until fairly recently. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Lyndhurst Masonic lodge celebrates 150 years by opening time capsule; Shaker roots remembered," 30 Apr. 2018 The Farmington Libraries Maker Fair is an opportunity for the community to have hands-on experiences with 3D printers, soldering, knitting, coding, and more. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 20 Mar. 2018 The Farmington Libraries Maker Fair is an opportunity for the community to have hands-on experiences with 3D printers, soldering, knitting, coding, and more. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 20 Mar. 2018 The Farmington Libraries Maker Fair is an opportunity for the community to have hands-on experiences with 3D printers, soldering, knitting, coding, and more. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 20 Mar. 2018 His grandmother—who spent years working in the aerospace industry—showed him how to solder joints and make harnesses. Liz Ohanesian, Los Angeles Magazine, "A Masked Musician From Boyle Heights Is Using Technology to Build Community," 13 Apr. 2018 The Farmington Libraries Maker Fair is an opportunity for the community to have hands-on experiences with 3D printers, soldering, knitting, coding, and more. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of solder

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for solder

Noun

Middle English soudure, from Anglo-French, from souder to solder, from Latin solidare to make solid, from solidus solid

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solder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of solder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a mixture of metals (such as lead and tin) that is melted and used to join metal parts together

solder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of solder (Entry 2 of 2)

: to join (something made of metal) to something else with solder

solder

noun
sol·der | \ ˈsä-dər \

Kids Definition of solder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a metal or a mixture of metals used when melted to join or repair surfaces of metal

solder

verb
soldered; soldering

Kids Definition of solder (Entry 2 of 2)

: to join together or repair with solder

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