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Definition of welt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a strip between a shoe sole and upper through which they are stitched or stapled together
2 : a doubled edge, strip, insert, or seam (as on a garment) for ornament or reinforcement
3a : a ridge or lump raised on the body (as by a blow or allergic reaction)
b : a heavy blow


welted; welting; welts

Definition of welt (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a welt
2a : to raise a welt on the body of
b : to hit hard

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Examples of welt in a Sentence

Noun I'll hand ye a few welts with me stick and then we'll see how ye feel!
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bullet had grazed him just below his belt line, leaving a bloody welt about 3 inches long. Washington Post, "Denied asylum, migrants return to place they fear most: home," 29 Dec. 2019 The abuse resulted in severe welts and open wounds on the boy's back, along with a defensive wound on his right hand, according to arrest documents. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Police: North College Hill woman used 'excessive' discipline, struck child 35 times with rope style belt," 12 Dec. 2019 His injuries included welts and bruises to his thighs, back, shoulders and arms, including injuries consistent with his being hit with a belt, investigators said. chicagotribune.com, "Father, girlfriend charged in fatal 2018 beating of his son, 9, killed in Freeport while visiting from Forest Park," 12 Dec. 2019 The senior forward had a welt on the bridge of his nose that was already scarring over, a physical remnant of a scrappy game. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette 73, Kansas State 65: Golden Eagles win physical battle," 7 Dec. 2019 Sitting on plastic chairs arranged in a circle at the edge of the woodsy yard, the girls were barely into their meeting when the 16-year-old from Taylor with welts and scars up and down her arm started to fidget. Freep.com, "She was prostituting, pregnant, doing drugs by 14. Now, Taylor girl fights to save her own life.," 1 Nov. 2019 Christ looked as dead as Uday Hussein, his welts dark and crusty, knees flayed, and feet, hands, and shoulder joints swollen black. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "The Bird Angle," 28 Oct. 2019 Sean Brady sent Court McGee to the canvas after connecting with a left hook, leaving a welt on McGee’s cheek, just under his right eye. BostonGlobe.com, "Undefeated light heavyweight Dominick Reyes may indeed be worthy of a title fight against Jon Jones after his first-round TKO of former middleweight champ Chris Weidman, while heavyweight Greg Hardy is nowhere near ready to contend for the title after an unimpressive showing.," 19 Oct. 2019 Kearney, who passed concussion tests after the Japan game and still has a dark welt under his left eye, weaved 40 meters to the line to score. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ireland rebound from Japan loss by beating Russia only 35-0," 3 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then use the crevice tool to get into the quilting, along the edge welting, and where any pillow top is attached. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Mattress," 15 Oct. 2018 Top-seed New Mexico State refused to welt to GCU's relentless pressure and powered its way into the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night with a 72-58 victory for the WAC basketball tourney title at Orleans Arena. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Grand Canyon basketball runs out of magic late in quest to reach NCAA Tournament," 10 Mar. 2018 That little printed tape on the sides of the seat cushions is really lovely, boxed in by raffia welting with a soft chambray top. Doretta Sperduto, House Beautiful, "Architectural Details and Charming Florals Upgrade a New England Home," 30 Oct. 2017 Inoki spent much of the 15 rounds on his back, kicking out at Ali’s legs, which quickly welted up. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor not the first major cross-sport bout," 14 Aug. 2017 How can this quilt be piped or that sofa be welted? Kathleen Renda, House Beautiful, "British and Southern Styles Collide in This Totally Cozy Home," 8 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of welt


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for welt


Middle English welte

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The first known use of welt was in the 15th century

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10 Jan 2020

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“Welt.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welt. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce welt (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of welt

: a usually large bump or red area that appears on your skin because of injury or illness


\ ˈwelt How to pronounce welt (audio) \

Kids Definition of welt

: a ridge raised on the skin (as by a blow)


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Medical Definition of welt

: a ridge or lump raised on the body (as by a blow or an allergic reaction)

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to insert between existing elements

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