Meaning of WELD in English

WELD

1. v. & n.

--v.tr.

1. a hammer or press (pieces of iron or other metal usu. heated but not melted) into one piece. b join by fusion with an electric arc etc. c form by welding into some article.

2 fashion (arguments, members of a group, etc.) into an effectual or homogeneous whole.

--n. a welded joint.

Derivatives:

weldable adj. weldability n. welder n.

Etymology: alt. of WELL(2) v. in obs. sense 'melt or weld (heated metal)', prob. infl. by past part. 2. n.1 a plant, Reseda luteola, yielding a yellow dye.

2 hist. this dye.

Etymology: ME f. OE w(e)alde (unrecorded): cf. MDu. woude, MLG walde

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.