Definitions

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

  • n. Any of the open grazing areas of southern Africa.

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  • n. Alternative form of veld.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A region or tract of land; esp., the open field, thinly forested or with bushes and shrubs; grass country.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In South Africa, an unforested or thinly forested tract of land or region; grass country.

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

  • n. elevated open grassland in southern Africa

Etymologies

Afrikaans veld, from Middle Dutch, field; see pelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The word "veldt" is Dutch, and the word "illimitable" is Double Dutch.

    A Miscellany of Men

  • Colonial troops were valued for their ability to “shoot and ride,” and they performed well on the veldt, which is not unlike Gippsland, the Wimmera, or the Riverina.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Six major land masses characterized uniformly with low mountains, plains areas studded with grasses and small trees, best described as a veldt.

    Vulcan’s Glory

  • The veldt is a void to us, all darkness, and it hides a threat which, as it may fall anywhere, must be guarded against everywhere.

    With Rimington

  • The dry grass of the veldt, which is always catching fire, was burning between us and the Boers; long lines of low smouldering fire, eating their way slowly along, and sending volumes of smoke drifting downward, obscuring the view.

    With Rimington

  • Quantities of prisoners were made, and over a thousand burghers were said to be slain -- in fact, the veldt was a complete parquet of dead Dutchmen.

    South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6) From the Commencement of the War to the Battle of Colenso, 15th Dec. 1899

  • To advance was impossible; each depression in the veldt was a sheet of water, in places inches deep.

    On the Heels of De Wet

  • Negotiations, then, must not be unduly hurried while the veldt was a bare russet-coloured dust-swept plain.

    The War in South Africa Its Cause and Conduct

  • South African veldt, which is said to give a greater feeling of infinity than the ocean even.

    Four Americans Roosevelt, Hawthorne, Emerson, Whitman

  • The Rand gold fields are a stupendous marvel, and they make all other gold fields small, but I was not a stranger to gold-mining; the veldt was a noble thing to see, but it was only another and lovelier variety of our Great Plains; the natives were very far from being uninteresting, but they were not new; and as for the towns, I could find my way without a guide through the most of them because I had learned the streets, under other names, in towns just like them in other lands; but the diamond mine was a wholly fresh thing, a splendid and absorbing novelty.

    Following the Equator, Part 7

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  • "He wandered through the flattened veldt of the daydreaming cactacae mind." From Perdido Street Station by China Mieville.

    December 6, 2011