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meld1

[meld] /mɛld/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to announce and display (a counting combination of cards in the hand) for a score.
noun
2.
the act of melding.
3.
any combination of cards to be melded.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < German melden to announce; akin to Middle English melden, Old English meldian to make known

meld2

[meld] /mɛld/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to merge; blend.
noun
2.
a blend.
Origin
1935-40; blend of melt1 and weld
Synonyms
1. mix, fuse, combine, consolidate.
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British Dictionary definitions for melds

meld1

/mɛld/
verb
1.
(in some card games) to declare or lay down (cards), which then score points
noun
2.
the act of melding
3.
a set of cards for melding
Word Origin
C19: from German melden to announce; related to Old English meldian

meld2

/mɛld/
verb
1.
to blend or become blended; combine
Word Origin
C20: blend of melt + weld1
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Word Origin and History for melds

meld

v.

"to blend together, merge, unite" (intransitive), by 1910, of uncertain origin. OED suggests "perh. a blend of MELT v.1 and WELD v." Said elsewhere to be a verb use of melled "mingled, blended," past participle of dialectal mell "to mingle, mix, combine, blend."

[T]he biplane grew smaller and smaller, the stacatto clatter of the motor became once more a drone which imperceptibly became melded with the waning murmur of country sounds .... ["Aircraft" magazine, October 1910]
But it is perhaps an image from card-playing, where the verb meld is attested by 1907 in a sense of "combine two cards for a score:"
Upon winning a trick, and before drawing from the stock, the player can "meld" certain combinations of cards. [rules for two-hand pinochle in "Hoyle's Games," 1907]
The rise of the general sense of the word in English coincides with the craze for canasta, in which melding figures. The card-playing sense is said to be "apparently" from German melden "make known, announce," from Old High German meldon, from Proto-Germanic *meldojan (cf. Old English meldian "to declare, tell, display, proclaim"), and the notion is of "declaring" the combination of cards. Related: Melded; melding.

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