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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To declare or display (a card or combination of cards in a hand) for inclusion in one's score in various card games, such as pinochle.
  • intransitive v. To present a meld.
  • n. A combination of cards to be declared for a score.
  • transitive v. To cause to merge: "a professional position that seemed to meld all his training” ( Art Jahnke).
  • intransitive v. To become merged.
  • n. A blend or merger: "a meld of diverse ethnic stocks” ( Kenneth L. Woodward).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. In card games, especially of the rummy family, to announce or display a combination of cards.
  • n. A combination of cards which is melded.
  • v. to combine two similar objects into one

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any combination or score which may be declared, or melded, in pinochle.
  • n. A form of rummy using two decks and four jokers; jokers and dueces are wild; the object is to meld groups of seven of the same rank.
  • v. In the game of pinochle, to declare or announce for a score.
  • v. to mix together so that the components are indistinguishable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In penuchle, to announce (any counting combination in the hand), such as sequence in trumps, 150; in card-games in general, to declare.
  • n. In penuchle, the announcement of any counting combination in the hand: as, a meld of 60 queens; in cardgames in general, a declaration.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. mix together different elements
  • v. lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually
  • v. announce for a score; of cards in a card game
  • n. a form of rummy using two decks of cards and four jokers; jokers and deuces are wild; the object is to form groups of the same rank

Etymologies

Probably German melden, to announce, from Middle High German, from Old High German meldōn.
Perhaps blend of melt and weld1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Possibly a portmanteau of “melt” and “weld”; alternatively, from English “melled” (“blended”), from Old French meller (“to mix”). (Wiktionary)
Probably from Dutch melden ("report, announce"). (Wiktionary)

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