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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


I'll hand ye a few welts with me stick and then we'll see how ye feel!

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Felice is allergic to pollen and the fan palms and grass and has 100 mosquito bites and welts all over her legs and arms and has been very ill from the allergic reactions. Shelly Levine, sun-sentinel.com, "Keeping a promise to observe and help | Opinion," 15 Aug. 2019 Nice ones: black in the calf, striped in the foot, with matching pops of sky blue at the toe, heel and welt. Erin Griffith, New York Times, "A Unicorn Lost in the Valley, Evernote Blows Up the ‘Fail Fast’ Gospel," 28 June 2019 The 2-year-old had bruises and welts on his arms, back, buttocks and face. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Ohio baby-sitter accused of beating children, causing back injuries," 11 July 2019 The swarm of bees attacked players throughout Emirates Riverside, which forced them to flop onto the ground in hopes of avoiding a gnarly welt. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Bees Invade Pitch at Cricket World Cup, Cause Delay in Sri Lanka and South Africa Match," 28 June 2019 Carol Relitz is allergic to mosquitoes and gets huge welts that take forever to go away, forming on her wherever the insects decide to feast. Katie V. Jones, baltimoresun.com, "Laurel couple starts birdhouse project to take on mosquitoes," 21 June 2019 The attack left Brecht with multiple welts, bruises, a cut lip and chipped front tooth, and Craven with a bruise on his head. Laurel Demkovich, Washington Post, "Gay couple assaulted, robbed on U Street in attack that used homophobic slur, police report says," 19 June 2019 Cell-phone video footage of the aftermath of the protest shows a French-speaking African refugee with thick welts on his back. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, "On a Greek Island That Welcomed Migrants, Residents and Refugees Feel Abandoned," 13 June 2019 The parts of her face that aren't bandaged are covered in welts, which make sense, considering the severity of her injuries. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 "Riverdale" Plot Holes That Will Keep You Up at Night," 3 May 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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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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