Main definitions of meld in English

: meld1meld2

meld1

verb

  • Blend; combine.

    [with object] ‘Australia's winemakers have melded modern science with traditional art’
    [no object] ‘the nylon bristles shrivel and meld together’
    • ‘Davis chose at this time to meld together some of the primal, guttural aspects of rock, particularly in the bottom end, rhythms, drums and the bass.’
    • ‘The seaweed will be dry and crisp at this stage but as soon as you start filling it, it will dampen and the layers will meld together.’
    • ‘Poe's general modus operandi was to meld together facts with fiction.’
    • ‘In the medical arena, nanotechnology and biotechnology may well be destined to meld together.’
    • ‘The shadows seemed to meld together, and shape a human form - Damion!’
    • ‘The most startling aspect of the game is the mix of people who meld together on the five-a-side pitch.’
    • ‘The Garifuna still practice an Afro-Caribbean form of ancestor worship that helps to meld together families broken by migration, plural marriages, and a social environment hostile to people of their race and culture.’
    • ‘We were trying to meld together the best of the two diverse philosophies: the approach of the Hon Doug Graham and of Dianne Yates.’
    • ‘I like trying to meld together these parameters, to create an illusion, at least, of balance between modes of expression.’
    • ‘Some of the other students commented on how weird it was that we seemed to meld together, covering each other's flaws, strengthening each other and creating an incredible musical union.’
    • ‘Manx was so inspired that he promptly moved to India to track his soon-to-be mentor down, and for the next few years learned to meld together the sounds of the East and West.’
    • ‘It's not just the expertise and virtuosity of the individual musicians in ‘California Jazz’, it's the way they meld together to present some of the coolest hot jazz being played in Shanghai at the moment.’
    • ‘All of these systems meld together to create what we feel is the most accurate depiction of siege warfare and castle life ever portrayed in a computer game.’
    • ‘The choruses meld together quite nicely to complement each other.’
    • ‘To make it on the stove top, sauté the onion and garlic, parboil the potato and then let everything simmer for as long as possible to let the flavours meld together.’
    • ‘It seems obvious, but food manufacturers were originally catering to a mainstream taste that they tried to meld together from focus groups and other research methods.’
    • ‘As these moments spring to mind, let them meld together in your imagination.’
    • ‘The endless demos, petitions, teach-ins, sit-ins, and conferences meld together into one prototypical news story, complete with oversized photos.’
    • ‘The minute we saw it, we felt it was just right for the site - all our ideas seemed to meld together.’
    • ‘But despite these varying degrees of success, the three twisted tales meld together smoothly, forming one perfectly disturbing anthology.’
    combine, merge, unite, integrate, fuse, blend, mingle, coalesce, consolidate, meld, intermingle, mix, intermix, incorporate, affiliate
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noun

  • A thing formed by merging or blending.

    ‘a meld of many contributions’
    • ‘Once known as the Enchanted Isles, the Galapagos to first time visitors are a meld of mysticism and stark reality.’
    • ‘He needs to slip into old clothes so that he could feel free to stretch out on the hay beside the brook and bathe in a meld of physical sensations.’
    amalgamation, amalgam, merger, union, blend, mixture, mix, mingling, meld, fusion, fusing, compound, alloy, marriage, weave, coalescence, coalition, pooling, integration, conjunction, incorporation, synthesis, composite, composition, concoction
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Origin

1930s: perhaps a blend of melt and weld.

Pronunciation:

meld

/meld/

Main definitions of meld in English

: meld1meld2

meld2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • (in rummy, canasta, and other card games) lay down or declare (a combination of cards) in order to score points.

    ‘a player has melded four kings’
    • ‘As well as melding complete combinations, players are allowed to meld cards which extend combinations which are already on the table.’
    • ‘It is possible to go out in the melding part of a turn, by melding all of your cards, or to meld all but one of your cards, and go out by discarding your last card.’
    • ‘Players score for cards melded according to the point values printed on the cards, and are penalised for unmelded cards when another player goes out.’
    • ‘There are two ways of scoring points: by melding combinations and by winning scoring cards in tricks.’
    • ‘Again the aim is to get rid of all your cards by melding them.’

noun

  • A completed set or run of cards in rummy, canasta, and other card games.

    • ‘Note that in this version of Canasta, melds consisting entirely of wild cards are not allowed.’
    • ‘It is possible to pick up the discard pile if it is not frozen and you have a meld or canasta in the same rank as the top card of the pile.’
    • ‘You must have at least one example of each type - natural, mixed, wild, sequence and sevens - completed with 7 cards in each, and you may also have additional canastas or smaller melds of any types.’
    • ‘You can lay off cards on your own melds, and on those of your partner and opponents.’
    • ‘In later melds and when laying off cards on existing melds, jokers can be used freely to substitute for any card.’

Origin

Late 19th century (originally US): from German melden announce.

Pronunciation:

meld

/meld/