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

  • transitive v. To join (metals) by applying heat, sometimes with pressure and sometimes with an intermediate or filler metal having a high melting point.
  • transitive v. To bring into close association or union.
  • intransitive v. To be capable of being welded.
  • n. The union of two metal parts by welding.
  • n. The joint formed by welding.
  • n. See dyer's rocket.
  • n. The yellow dye obtained from dyer's rocket.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A herb (Reseda luteola) related to mignonette, growing in Europe, and to some extent in America, used to make a yellow dye; dyer's broom; dyer's rocket; dyer's weed; wild woad.
  • n. The yellow coloring matter or dye extracted from this plant.
  • v. To bind together inseparably; to unite closely or intimately.
  • v. To join two materials (especially two metals) together by applying heat, pressure and filler, either separately or in any combination.
  • n. The state of being welded.
  • n. The joint made by welding.
  • v. (obsolete) To wield.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To wield.
  • n. An herb (Reseda luteola) related to mignonette, growing in Europe, and to some extent in America; dyer's broom; dyer's rocket; dyer's weed; wild woad. It is used by dyers to give a yellow color.
  • n. Coloring matter or dye extracted from this plant.
  • transitive v. To press or beat into intimate and permanent union, as two pieces of iron when heated almost to fusion.
  • transitive v. Fig.: To unite closely or intimately.
  • n. The state of being welded; the joint made by welding.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The dyer's-weed, Reseda luteola, a scentless species of mignonette, native in southern Europe and naturalized further north.
  • To unite or consolidate, as pieces of metal or a metallic powder, by hammering or compression with or without previous softening by heat.
  • Figuratively, to bring into intimate union; make a close joining of: as, to weld together the parts of an argument.
  • To undergo the welding process; be capable of being welded.
  • n. A solid union of metallic pieces formed by welding; a welded junction or joint.
  • A Middle English form of wield.

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

  • v. unite closely or intimately
  • n. European mignonette cultivated as a source of yellow dye; naturalized in North America
  • v. join together by heating
  • n. United States abolitionist (1803-1895)
  • n. a metal joint formed by softening with heat and fusing or hammering together

Etymologies

Alteration (probably influenced by welled, past participle of well1) of well1, to weld (obsolete and dialectal).
Middle English welde.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English welde, wolde, from Proto-Germanic *walþō (cf. Dutch wouw, Middle Low German walde, wolde, gaude in French), from Proto-Germanic *walþuz (“forest”). More at wold. (Wiktionary)
Alteration of well ("boil, rise"), probably influenced by the past participle, welled (Wiktionary)
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