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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 During recrafting, the welt is replaced; a new cork lining is inserted; soles, heels, and laces are replaced; and the uppers are polished with near-new results. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MALE CALL: Quality men's shoes can be worth the hefty investment," 27 Dec. 2020 Think of the welt that rises with a bite, then imagine the same process—swelling, redness, stiffness, the accumulation of pus—slowly pervading the body. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Hacks the Immune System," 2 Nov. 2020 My punishment for various misdeeds came at the business end of a welt-raising switch, usually wielded by Mammaw. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: ‘I owe it all to my grandparents’," 11 Oct. 2020 The most common reaction to a fire ant sting or bite is in fact a red, raised welt, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Everything You Need to Know About Ant Bites, According to Experts," 10 Aug. 2020 The following day, the welt will go down, but a pustule will likely take its place, per the AOCD. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Everything You Need to Know About Ant Bites, According to Experts," 10 Aug. 2020 In the safety of our car, Lee Brewer rolls up his sleeve, exposing a swollen red welt. Rachel Nuwer, Longreads, "The Strange and Dangerous World of America’s Big Cat People," 10 Mar. 2020 Lucas still has a hard time looking to his right—the forceps initially left a huge welt over his right eye. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "A Difficult Birth in Britain’s Stressed Health Service," 4 June 2020 Hives, also known as urticaria, according to the Amercan Academy of Dermatology are itchy welts that can vary in size and appear anywhere on the body. Taylyn Washington-harmon, Health.com, "What Is a Stress Rash, and How Can You Treat One?," 5 June 2020 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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14 Jan 2021

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“Welt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welt. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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)


\ ˈwelt How to pronounce welt (audio) \

Medical Definition of welt

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

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