from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A strip, as of leather or other material, stitched into a shoe between the sole and the upper.
  • noun A tape or covered cord sewn into a seam as reinforcement or trimming.
  • noun A ridge or bump on the skin caused by a lash or blow or sometimes by an allergic reaction.
  • noun A lash or blow producing such a mark.
  • transitive verb To reinforce or trim with a welt.
  • transitive verb To beat severely; flog.
  • transitive verb To raise welts or a welt on.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To roll; revolve.
  • noun An applied hem, selvage, bordering, or fringe; especially, a strengthening or ornamenting strip of material fastened along an edge, or over or between two joined edges, often forming a rounded ridge by the insertion of a cord or the doubling outward of the material.
  • noun Specifically— In a heraldic achievement, a narrow border to an ordinary or charge.
  • noun A strip of material sewed round or along an open edge, as of a glove.
  • noun A strip of leather in a boot or shoe sewed round the edge of the conjoined upper leather and inner sole, preparatory to the attachment of the bottom or outer sole. See cut under boot.
  • noun In carpentry, a strip forming an additional thickness laid over a flush seam or joint, or placed in an angle, to strengthen it, as in a carvel-built vessel.
  • noun In sheet-iron work, a strip riveted to two contiguous plates forming a butt-joint.
  • noun In knitting:
  • noun One of the ribs at an end of the work, intended to prevent it from rolling up, as around the opening or top of a sock.
  • noun A separate flap, as a heel-piece, on any piece of work made in a knitting-machine. It is made independently of the work, and afterward knitted on.
  • noun Hence A low superficial ridge or linear swelling, as on the skin; a weal or wale: as, to raise welts on a person or an animal by blows with a whip. See welt, v. t, 2.
  • To fix a welt or welts to or in; furnish or ornament with any thing called a welt: as, to welt shoes.
  • To beat severely with a whip or stick, where by welts may be raised. See welt, n., 2.
  • To wilt; wither; become soft or flabby, as from decay; become ropy or stringy, as some liquors.
  • Preterit of walt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete, obsolete That which, being sewed or otherwise fastened to an edge or border, serves to guard, strengthen, or adorn it.
  • noun obsolete, obsolete A small cord covered with cloth and sewed on a seam or border to strengthen it; an edge of cloth folded on itself, usually over a cord, and sewed down.
  • noun obsolete A hem, border, or fringe.
  • noun In shoemaking, a narrow strip of leather around a shoe, between the upper leather and sole.
  • noun In steam boilers and sheet-iron work, a strip riveted upon the edges of plates that form a butt joint.
  • noun In carpentry, a strip of wood fastened over a flush seam or joint, or an angle, to strengthen it.
  • noun In machine-made stockings, a strip, or flap, of which the heel is formed.
  • noun (Her.) A narrow border, as of an ordinary, but not extending around the ends.
  • noun A raised ridge on the surface of the skin, produced by a blow, as from a stick or whip; a wale; a weal.
  • noun A blow that produces a welt{3}.
  • noun a joint, as of plates, made with a welt, instead of by overlapping the edges. See Weld, n., 1 (d).
  • transitive verb rare To wilt.
  • transitive verb To furnish with a welt; to sew or fasten a welt on.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A raised mark on the body caused by a blow; a wheal or weal.
  • noun shoemaking A strip of leather set into the seam between the outsole of a shoe and the upper, through which these parts are joined by stitching or stapling.
  • noun A strip of material or covered cord applied to a seam or garment edge to strengthen or cover it.
  • verb To cause to have welts, to beat.
  • verb To install welt (a welt or welts) to reinforce.

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

  • verb beat severely with a whip or rod
  • noun a raised or strengthened seam
  • noun a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions
  • verb put a welt on


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

[Middle English welte.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

c.1425, a shoemaker's term. Perhaps related to Middle English welten ("to overturn, roll over"), from Old Norse velta ("to roll"). Meaning "ridge on the skin from a wound" first recorded 1800.


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