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welded; welding; welds

intransitive verb

: to become or be capable of being welded

transitive verb

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


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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
When welded together, the two technologies are helping the nascent AI industry find and ways to remain creative, economically competitive, growth-focused, and reliably private. Maria Paula Fernandez, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Here's what to know about how to ensure your welding goggles are safe for viewing the total solar eclipse. 2024 total solar eclipse guide:How to watch, understand and stay safe on April 8 Are welding goggles ever safe to view a total solar eclipse? Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2024 This lined rain jacket features welded seams, so there’s no chance of moisture seeping into the coat. Maya Polton, Parents, 14 Mar. 2024 Using scrap metal and mostly hand tools, each worker is responsible for a different part of the production including cutting metal parts, shaping them, sanding them and welding them. Orlando Matos, NBC News, 27 Feb. 2024 The initial investigation suggests the fire started when someone was welding a refrigerate line in the warehouse behind the appliance shop at 8320 Camp Bowie West Blvd. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 26 Feb. 2024 The owners were there to celebrate the milestone and had a traditional good luck coin welded onto their yacht. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 22 Dec. 2023 Changing fortunes — and the narrative — will demand more than a spot weld here and there. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Oct. 2023 It's made of 168 pieces of stainless steel plates and has been welded in such a way that there are no visible seams. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2024
Depending on the type of building, retrofit fixes include adding such supporting elements as steel frames or beams, installing new concrete walls or repairing vulnerable welds. Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024 For starters, the body shell is treated to almost 400 new spot welds and more than 9 feet (3 m) of extra structural adhesives in order to strengthen it. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 25 Aug. 2023 To remedy the issue, dealers will drill through the spot welds and secure the bracket with rivets, free of charge. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2024 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating a door weld problem that could affect more than 345,000 2020 and 2021 Ford Escape and Escape Hybrid SUVs. Alessandra Kaestner, Car and Driver, 14 July 2023 Dealers will inspect the right and left side of vehicle's motor rail for an incomplete weld. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 19 Dec. 2022 According to the safety agency's investigation document, the problem is believed to be faulty spot welds in the check arm attachment points on the doors. Alessandra Kaestner, Car and Driver, 14 July 2023 The new chassis uses more structural adhesive and additional weld points to increase crash safety and ride quality. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 13 Mar. 2023 Video shared with Fox News Digital shows the area around the crack shaking, exposing an air gap that could be seen where the weld should have been. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 10 Aug. 2023

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1599, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of weld was in 1599

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Cite this Entry

“Weld.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weld. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: to join pieces of metal or plastic by heating and allowing the edges to flow together or by hammering or pressing together
: to join as if by welding
welded together in friendship
: to become or be capable of being welded
certain metals weld easily
welder noun


2 of 2 noun
: a welded joint
: union by welding

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