a ridge or wale on the surface of the body, as from a blow of a stick or whip.
a blow producing such a ridge or wale.
a strip, as of leather, set in between the outsole of a shoe and the edges of its insole and upper, through which these parts are joined by stitching or stapling.
a strip, usually of leather, that ornaments a shoe.
a strengthening or ornamental finish along a seam, the edge of a garment, etc.
a seam in which one edge is cut close to the stitching line and covered by the other edge, which is stitched over it.
verb (used with object)
to beat soundly, as with a stick or whip.
to furnish or supply (a shoe or garment) with a welt or welts; sew a welt on to.
verb (used without object)
to be marked with or develop welts.

1375–1425; late Middle English welte, walt shoemaker's welt, Old English wælt (thigh) sinew

unwelted, adjective
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welt (wɛlt)
1.  a raised or strengthened seam or edge, sewn in or on a knitted garment
2.  another word for weal
3.  (in shoemaking) a strip of leather, etc, put in between the outer sole and the inner sole and upper
4.  to put a welt in (a garment, etc)
5.  to beat or flog soundly
[C15: origin unknown]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., a shoemaker's term, perhaps related to M.E. welten "to overturn, roll over" (c.1300), from O.N. velta "to roll" (related to welter (v.)). Meaning "ridge on the skin from a wound" is first recorded 1800.
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Medical Dictionary

welt (wělt)

  1. A ridge or bump on the skin caused by a lash or blow or sometimes by an allergic reaction.

  2. See wheal.

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Example sentences
Most bed bug bites are initially painless, but later turn into large, itchy
  skin welts.
Bed bugs feed on human blood which can cause itching and welts.
However, on sensitive people it can produce large, itchy welts on the skin.
However, it can produce large, itchy welts on the skin.
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