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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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Examples from the web for welding
  • Rivets attest to its antiquity, showing that it was manufactured before welding was common.
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  • Then-since welding isn't possible-the joints are wrapped with fiber.
  • Both forms are used in industries such as metal processing, tanneries, and stainless steel welding.
  • Researchers solved this by using compression welding to create a hermetic seal around the well's metallic membrane.
  • He had tried but failed to learn welding at a trade school.
  • They offer what he really wants--which is underwater welding, and those guys make boatloads of money.
  • The reliable lock on the professor's gate was jammed one night--to the point where it had to be removed with a welding torch.
  • Researchers have been working toward flesh-welding lasers for more than a decade, and a number of human trials have shown promise.
  • Industry could apply it to monitor welding processes.
British Dictionary definitions for welding

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 welding

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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