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weld1

[weld] /wɛld/
verb (used with object)
1.
to unite or fuse (as pieces of metal) by hammering, compressing, or the like, especially after rendering soft or pasty by heat, and sometimes with the addition of fusible material like or unlike the pieces to be united.
2.
to bring into complete union, harmony, agreement, etc.
verb (used without object)
3.
to undergo welding; be capable of being welded:
a metal that welds easily.
noun
4.
a welded junction or joint.
5.
the act of welding or the state of being welded.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; variant of well2 in obsolete sense “to boil, weld”
Related forms
weldable, adjective
weldability, noun
welder, weldor, noun
weldless, adjective
unweldable, adjective
unwelded, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for welder

weld1

/wɛld/
verb
1.
(transitive) to unite (pieces of metal or plastic) together, as by softening with heat and hammering or by fusion
2.
to bring or admit of being brought into close association or union
noun
3.
a joint formed by welding
Derived Forms
weldable, adjective
weldability, noun
welder, weldor, noun
weldless, adjective
Word Origin
C16: variant probably based on past participle of well² in obsolete sense to boil, heat

weld2

/wɛld/
noun
1.
a yellow dye obtained from the plant dyer's rocket
2.
another name for dyer's rocket
Word Origin
C14: from Low German; compare Middle Low German walde, waude, Dutch wouw

Weld

/wɛld/
noun
1.
Sir Frederick Aloysius. 1823–91, New Zealand statesman, born in England: prime minister of New Zealand (1864–65)
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Word Origin and History for welder

weld

v.

1590s, alteration of well (v.) "to boil, rise;" influenced by past participle form welled. Related: Welded; welding.

n.

plant (Resedo luteola) producing yellow dye, late 14c., from Old English *wealde, perhaps a variant of Old English wald "forest" (cf. Middle Low German walde, Middle Dutch woude). Spanish gualda, French gaude are Germanic loan-words.

"joint formed by welding," 1831, from weld (v.).

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