weld

verb
\ ˈweld How to pronounce weld (audio) \
welded; welding; welds

Definition of weld

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become or be capable of being welded

transitive verb

1a : to unite (metallic parts) by heating and allowing the metals to flow together or by hammering or compressing with or without previous heating
b : to unite (plastics) in a similar manner by heating
c : to repair (something) by this method
d : to produce or create as if by such a process
2 : to unite or reunite closely or intimately architecture that welds the past and the present

weld

noun

Definition of weld (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a welded joint
2 : union by welding : the state or condition of being welded

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Other Words from weld

Verb

weldable \ ˈwel-​də-​bəl How to pronounce weldable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of weld in a Sentence

Verb

She learned how to weld. We welded the beams together. They were welded together in friendship. His style of painting welds impressionism with surrealism.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Farr, who learned how to weld, now teaches women in her program. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "These women are turning to welding for a financial spark," 6 June 2019 In all, more than 50 disciplines are offered at the center, from welding to coding to cultivating flowers, and the approach seems remarkably effective. Mario Calvo-platero, Town & Country, "This Renzo Mongiardino–Designed Home in Milan Has a Beautiful Secret," 16 May 2019 The armor, ranging from strings of spare tires wheels to what appear to be security gates, is welded onto the vehicles in an attempt to foil what are called shaped charge anti-tank weapons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why Iraqi and Syrian Tanks Are Wearing This Weird MacGyvered Armor," 20 Jan. 2016 The gentle abrasives in these formulas will help loosen stubborn residue that needs a bit of a nudge but isn’t totally welded onto your glass. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean A Glass Cooktop so it Looks Brand New Again," 30 Apr. 2019 Workers there will weld a new 228-meter steel section onto the remaining portion from midship to stern. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Ship Operators Raise Alarms Over String of Vessel Fires," 24 Mar. 2019 On Friday, a worker was on the fourth deck welding an overhead steel beam to secure it in preparation for additional wood removal when a spark fell down, Kattoo said. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Boblo boat Ste. Claire owners launch fundraising campaign to rebuild," 10 July 2018 Once each column was placed in the foundational Y support, it was bolted and welded into place. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "These 165,000-Pound Columns Will Heft a 38-Story Tower 85 Feet Off the Ground," 12 June 2018 When the school got a new smoker, Knutsen took the old one, borrowed a trailer from the athletic director, and had students in construction classes weld the old smoker to the trailer. Kaila White, azcentral, "Superintendent has tasty way to welcome teachers back to school after walkout," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Those vehicles have a weld in the clutch that could fail, preventing them from moving. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Ford recalling 1.2 million Explorers over suspension issue," 12 June 2019 In addition to the Greenway’s beautiful welds and curvaceous rear triangle, every part that goes onto it is chosen by you, Weird Science-style. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Commuter Bikes for Any Commute," 16 May 2019 In November, Toyota’s Woodstock plant began requiring 24 workers in the weld shop to use exoskeletons. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "Industrial Exoskeletons Give Workers a Lift," 17 Jan. 2019 The company bends, shapes and welds steel rod into chains used for hoisting, tie-downs and tire traction. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "A Tale of Two Steel Firms and Their Diverging Paths Under Trump’s Tariffs," 10 Feb. 2019 The explosion was likely caused by a faulty weld that failed to hold the hydrogen peroxide fuel chamber together. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Russian Kursk Submarine Disaster," 28 Sep. 2018 Zabaneh said the crack was found near a weld on a stress-bearing horizontal beam. Paul Elias, The Seattle Times, "San Francisco’s new transit terminal closes over beam crack," 25 Sep. 2018 The automaker is issuing a recall of its all-new Ascent three-row utility vehicle after discovering that 293 were built with improper spot welds on their B-pillars. Fox News, "Subaru replacing 293 Ascent SUVs for missing welds," 15 Aug. 2018 Not a single bolt or weld, just metal blocks with 88 pounds of magnetic force. Matt Allyn, Popular Mechanics, "The Wind Catchers," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of weld

Verb

1599, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for weld

Verb

alteration of obsolete English well to weld, from Middle English wellen to boil, well, weld — more at well

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weld

verb

English Language Learners Definition of weld

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to join pieces of metal together by heating the edges until they begin to melt and then pressing them together
: to join or bring (people or things) close together

weld

noun

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

: a connection made by welding pieces of metal

weld

verb
\ ˈweld How to pronounce weld (audio) \
welded; welding

Kids Definition of weld

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to join two pieces of metal or plastic by heating and allowing the edges to flow together
2 : to be capable of being joined by heating and allowing the edges to flow together Some metals weld easily.
3 : to join closely The author welds two stories into one.

Other Words from weld

welder noun

weld

noun

Kids Definition of weld (Entry 2 of 2)

: a joint made by heating and allowing the edges to flow together

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