Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various fusible alloys, usually tin and lead, used to join metallic parts.
  • n. Something that joins or cements.
  • transitive v. To unite or repair (parts, for example) with solder.
  • transitive v. To join or unite: The agreement soldered the factions into an alliance.
  • intransitive v. To unite or repair something with solder.
  • intransitive v. To be joined or united.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various alloys, often of tin and lead, that are used to join small pieces of metal together
  • v. To join with (or as if with) solder

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A metal or metallic alloy used when melted for uniting adjacent metallic edges or surfaces; a metallic cement.
  • transitive v. To unite (metallic surfaces or edges) by the intervention of a more fusible metal or metallic alloy applied when melted; to join by means of metallic cement.
  • transitive v. To mend; to patch up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fusible alloy used for joining or binding together metal surfaces or joints, as the edges of tin cans, jewelry, and kitchen utensils.
  • n. Hence Figuratively, that which unites in any way.
  • n. Gross flattery or fulsome praise, particularly when used for selfish aims.

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

  • n. an alloy (usually of lead and tin) used when melted to join two metal surfaces
  • v. join or fuse with solder

Etymologies

Middle English soudur, from Old French soudure, soldure, from souder, soulder, to solder, from Latin solidāre, to make solid, from solidus, solid; see solid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English solderen, from Old French solder (Modern French souder) from Latin solido, solidare ("to make solid"). (Wiktionary)

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