solder

noun
sol·​der | \ ˈsä-dər How to pronounce solder (audio) , 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 How to pronounce soldering (audio) , ˈsȯ-​ , British also  ˈsäl-​ , 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 How to pronounce solderability (audio) , ˌsȯ-​ \ noun
solderer \ ˈsä-​dər-​ər How to pronounce solderer (audio) , ˈsȯ-​ \ noun

Examples of solder in a Sentence

Verb Wires are soldered onto the circuit board.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And to make installation easier, join the new sillcock to the existing piping with push-fit solder-less fittings. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Winterize Your Pipes and Prevent a Frozen Disaster," 17 Feb. 2020 Elsewhere in Iraq, a car bombing wounded at least four Iraqi solders on a highway leading to a border crossing with Saudi Arabia, according to a statement from the Iraqi joint command. Washington Post, "Turkey targets Kurdish rebels in Iraq, killing 4 Yazidis," 16 Jan. 2020 When that happens, the solder will wick into the joint. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Biggest Plumbing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)," 14 Jan. 2019 The troops include both U.S. solders as well as South Korean troops. Washington Post, "The Latest: NKorea’s state media calls DMZ meeting ‘amazing’," 1 July 2019 Use solder tags or crimp-on ring connectors screwed into a terminal block and tie the thread onto the loops. Andy Clark, Popular Science, "DDR DIY: How to build your own dance game with a Raspberry Pi," 9 Jan. 2020 Additional sources could be the machines used to extract the THC from marijuana plants, or even the solder used to connect metal parts within the vape devices. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Vaping devices under scrutiny as lung illness outbreak continues to vex health officials," 23 Oct. 2019 The lab blamed the illness on cadmium-containing silver solder, a way to bind together different metals. San Diego Union-Tribune, "As CDC warns against all cannabis vaping, California’s legal market tries to ease consumer fears," 14 Oct. 2019 There are also possible sources within homes, including lead solder on pipes or brass fixtures with high lead content. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Lead Crisis in Newark Grows, as Bottled Water Distribution Is Bungled," 14 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Comet Lake design also includes a thinner die STIM, or solder thermal interface material. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's 'Comet Lake-S' 10th-gen Core CPUs hit 10 cores and 5.3GHz speeds," 30 Apr. 2020 To install these unions, simply clean all the tubing ends and fittings as before, add some flux and solder the parts. Steve Willson, Popular Mechanics, "How To Install An Electric Water Heater," 24 Aug. 2018 This MacBook has a removable SSD, but on newer models, Apple soldered the SSD into the logic board. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: MacBook Air," 24 Aug. 2019 The sheet was cut into three parts, which were soldered together, hammered, and rolled thin again. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Winter Show’s Many Small Treasures," 28 Jan. 2020 The cellular modem is a large separate chip that is soldered onto the motherboard: a Quectel EG25-G. When the back of the phone is peeled off, the innards actually have some special components. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The PinePhone starts shipping—a Linux-powered smartphone for $150," 16 Jan. 2020 Layers of silver, gold, copper, and a sheet of silver/gold alloy were soldered together in a thin sheet. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Winter Show’s Many Small Treasures," 28 Jan. 2020 After adding a modem that could send and receive data across a phone line, Mr. Suess soldered together some additional hardware that could automatically restart the machine and then load Mr. Christiansen’s software whenever someone dialed in. New York Times, "Randy Suess, Computer Bulletin Board Inventor, Dies at 74," 20 Dec. 2019 Tiffany-style lamps are made by crimping narrow pieces of copper foil around the edges of the glass pieces, then soldering over the copper on adjoining pieces so the bead of copper holds them together. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "For antique Tiffany-style lamp, re-soldering is the answer," 9 Dec. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for solder

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The first known use of solder was in the 14th century

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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Solder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solder. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for solder

solder

noun
How to pronounce solder (audio)

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 How to pronounce solder (audio) \

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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