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

  • n. An unforested rolling plain; a moor.
  • n. Variant of weld2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An unforested or deforested plain, a grassland, a moor.
  • n. A wood or forest, especially a wooded upland

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wood; a forest.
  • n. A plain, or low hill; a country without wood, whether hilly or not.
  • n. See weld.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An open tract of country; a down.
  • n. See weld.
  • n. Obsolete forms of would. See will.

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

  • n. a tract of open rolling country (especially upland)


Middle English, from Old English weald, forest.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English wald, wold, from Old English (Anglian) wald (cf. weald), from Proto-Germanic *walþuz, from Proto-Indo-European *wel(ə)-t- (cf. Welsh gwallt ‘hair’, Lithuanian váltis ‘oat awn’, Serbo-Croatian vlât ‘ear (of wheat)’, Ancient Greek λάσιος (lásios) ‘hairy’). See also the related term weald. (Wiktionary)



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  • The gods talk in the breath of the wold
    They talk in the shaken pine,
    And they fill the long reach of the old seashore
    With dialogue divine;
    And the poet who overhears
    Some random word they say
    Is the fated man of men
    Whom the ages must obey

    -Emerson, from "The Poet"

    July 17, 2009

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    - Rebecca West, The Judge

    July 17, 2009