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 Six people, including Kreimeyer and the expectant mother, gathered Saturday and put gunpowder inside a homemade stand that was welded to a metal base. Philip Joens, USA TODAY, "Woman killed in gender reveal explosion was 45 feet away from device, died instantly," 29 Oct. 2019 On Saturday afternoon, Kreimeyer and five other family members, including the expectant mother, gathered and placed gunpowder in the bottom of a homemade stand that was welded to a metal base plate, according to the sheriff's office. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Family 'inadvertently' created a pipe bomb at fatal gender reveal," 28 Oct. 2019 The maps had been made with the expedition’s state-of-the-art sonar system, welded to the ship’s hull, on the trip from Guam to Tonga. Susan Casey, Outside Online, "One Man's Wild Quest to Reach the Bottom of Every Ocean," 22 Oct. 2019 This differs from a unibody design, in which the body and frame are welded together into a single unit. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "Toyota’s $391 million expansion the first major renovation of San Antonio plant in nine years," 17 Sep. 2019 Joining two ceramics, or even connecting a ceramic to a metal, is a difficult and energy-consuming process because ceramics cannot be welded. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Ceramics enter a new era with laser-welded joints," 30 Aug. 2019 In one room, storage buckets hold portions of the stage; in a larger space stocked with forklifts and work benches, carpenters weld those portions together. Steve Knopper, Billboard, "How Trans-Siberian Orchestra Manages a Holiday Haul of Nearly $60 Million in Just Seven Festive Weeks," 15 Nov. 2019 Facing challenges Once the letters are ready, they will be welded to the guard rail and painted. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These Pewaukee High School students are helping repair a local bridge," 12 Nov. 2019 Children welded their own bicycles with metal rods. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "How Mexico’s cartel wars shattered American Mormons’ peaceful, but wary, existence," 7 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Due to corrosion and use, after an eon or two, the welds will break, and the window will fall down into the door — never to be seen again until a repair is performed. Ray Magliozzi, courant.com, "Car Talk: Even Honda parts start to fail after 17 years," 25 Nov. 2019 The Wrangler was recalled last year for misaligned welds that could cause steering problems. San Diego Union-Tribune, "US opens probe of steering problems, welds in Jeep Wranglers," 20 Sep. 2019 The company is now struggling to repair faulty welds, possibly using robots to access hard-to-reach areas. William Mathis | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Why the U.K. Is Pushing Nuclear Power as Others Waver," 5 Nov. 2019 The smugglers, however, have returned to the same bollards and cut through the welds, agents say, because the metal is softer and the concrete at the core of the bollard already has been compromised. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Smugglers are sawing through new sections of Trump’s border wall," 3 Nov. 2019 The smugglers, however, have returned to the same bollards and cut through the welds, agents say, because the metal is softer and the concrete at the core of the bollard already has been compromised. Nick Miroff, The Denver Post, "Smuggling gangs are sawing through new sections of Trump’s border wall," 3 Nov. 2019 The smugglers, however, have returned to the same bollards and cut through the welds, agents say, because the metal is softer and the concrete at the core of the bollard already has been compromised. Nick Miroff, Twin Cities, "Smugglers are sawing through new sections of the border wall," 2 Nov. 2019 The agency says more than 3,500 owners have complained to the company and government about frame weld problems or steering issues including a shimmy or wobble, looseness, or locking up. San Diego Union-Tribune, "US opens probe of steering problems, welds in Jeep Wranglers," 20 Sep. 2019 That means that the laser does not form a nice focus at the weld location and ends up gently heating a wide area of ceramic. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Ceramics enter a new era with laser-welded joints," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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Last Updated

5 Dec 2019

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“Weld.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weld. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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weld

verb
How to pronounce weld (audio)

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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