Main definitions of weld in US English:

: weld1weld2

weld1

verb

[with object]
  • 1Join together (metal pieces or parts) by heating the surfaces to the point of melting using a blowtorch, electric arc, or other means, and uniting them by pressing, hammering, etc.

    ‘the truck had spikes welded to the back’
    • ‘The fuselage was of welded steel tube truss construction and was quite stout.’
    • ‘A metal ring is welded onto the power shaft beside the universal joint.’
    • ‘I first welded flat sheet metal to the top of the unit.’
    • ‘The electron beam welding process has had wide application for joining dissimilar metals.’
    • ‘The workers rapidly busy themselves welding the pieces together.’
    • ‘We still stamp steel panels, weld them together, drop in an engine, bolt on the wheels, and stuff it with seats and fabrics.’
    • ‘Such torches are used to cut through metals and to weld two metals to each other.’
    • ‘Then he wanted to make a mortar, so he welded a steel plate onto the end of a scaffolding pipe.’
    • ‘The artist was seen welding bits of metal together.’
    • ‘Almost all metals can be welded with the electron beam welding process.’
    • ‘They can weld all metals from aluminum to stainless steel, plus they stock parts and supplies for sale.’
    • ‘The two sides aren't welded, but they snap together.’
    • ‘His solution was to remove the part, and have a metal shop weld a small reinforcement to the post.’
    • ‘Accordingly, the bottom of the bucket is cut out and replaced with new steel plate, welding it into position.’
    • ‘The two metals are welded together under heat and pressure.’
    • ‘He was handcuffed to a metal desk that was welded to the floor.’
    • ‘He told police that the fire erupted when they were welding new metal roof beams in place at the restaurant.’
    • ‘These steels are usually welded by the gas tungsten arc or the gas metal arc welding process.’
    fuse, unite, bond, connect, stick, join, link, attach, bind, seal, amalgamate, knit, splice, meld, melt, blend, solder, cement, glue, gum, paste
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    1. 1.1 Forge (an article) by welding.
      • ‘It could take a while, because it takes a long time to weld together a hundred trailer homes.’
      • ‘He rushed into the kitchen where a metal coat rack, which was a piece given to Nick from a friend who welded marvelous art pieces, stood.’
    2. 1.2 Unite (pieces of plastic or other material) by melting or softening of surfaces in contact.
  • 2Cause to combine and form a harmonious or effective whole.

    ‘his efforts to weld together the religious parties ran into trouble’
    • ‘Sven could be the man capable of welding the parts into a world-beating whole.’
    • ‘But only a clear political perspective can weld together this broad opposition into an effective political movement.’
    • ‘Whitman emerged a mature poet, ready to weld together the nation that had survived.’
    • ‘Days melted together, welded by the redundant routine of tears and emptiness.’
    • ‘They've tried to weld a couple of numbers onto a dodgy story, and they've done it with performers who can act.’
    • ‘It was, however, in the second act, when Mr Luscombe welded his somewhat disparate cast into a coherent and effective whole, that his skill as a director became apparent.’
    • ‘Singing together, dancing, even listening to the same music can help weld individuals into a team, a village, a nation.’
    • ‘The director's vision must embrace myth and reality, welding them into a seamless whole.’
    • ‘The effect was to weld moral and political science into a new social science.’
    • ‘The extraordinary range of vessels shows him as a generous host, welding alliances while softening visiting dignitaries with games, drink and music.’
    • ‘His arms clung to Roselyn's hips, their bodies welded together.’
    • ‘How to weld these bureaux into a united and effective inspection system is still under consideration.’

noun

  • A welded joint.

    • ‘Some bolted connections had to be switched to welds.’
    • ‘This process is quite common for making welds for making watertight joints for tanks, etc.’
    • ‘This system not only allows several welds to be done simultaneously, it also reduces weld time from three seconds for a conventional spot weld, to just half a second.’
    • ‘Among the advantages of friction welding is the ability to produce high quality welds in a short cycle time.’
    • ‘Several vendors are working to improve the throughput of laser-welding machines and the process of reducing stress in the welds.’
    • ‘Erectors assembled the trusses with bolts instead of welds because of the threat of fire.’
    • ‘On closer inspection it's hollowed out with no internal welds.’
    • ‘The weaker parts generally tend to be the welds, particularly at flange joints.’
    • ‘During installation the sections are welded to the posts at the jobsite, and these welds are then touched up with primer and paint.’
    • ‘However, hydrogen has almost no solubility in solid aluminum and it has been determined to be the primary cause of porosity in aluminum welds.’
    • ‘He is responsible for teaching students how to properly take X-rays of welds to ensure they will stand up to underwater stress.’
    • ‘The rails are of cast iron and contain hundreds and hundreds of individual welds, which all had to be fitted by a team of craftsman inside the property as it was being built.’
    • ‘Optical examination instruments produced by the company are used in industry to check the quality of everything from fuel injector nozzles to interior welds.’
    • ‘Since engineers rule the world, it's not surprising they claim they've got a solution to everything including the best alternative to welds, nuts, rivets and bolts.’
    • ‘Although the Tridents have never been into a refit, there would have been similar checks on welds during construction at Barrow.’
    • ‘They are getting a better understanding of the fundamentals of the process, such as the appropriate control parameters for good welds.’
    • ‘The extra welds add cost but create a stiffer structure.’
    • ‘Resistance welding is used to join titanium and titanium alloy sheet by either spot welds or continuous seam welds.’

Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘become united’): alteration (probably influenced by the past participle) of well in the obsolete sense ‘melt or weld heated metal’.

Pronunciation

weld

/wɛld//weld/

Main definitions of weld in US English:

: weld1weld2

weld2

noun

  • 1A widely distributed plant related to mignonette, yielding a yellow dye.

    Reseda luteola, family Resedaceae

    1. 1.1 The yellow dye made from the weld plant, which has been used since Neolithic times and was a popular color for Roman wedding garments.

Origin

Late Middle English: related to Dutch wouw, perhaps also to wold.

Pronunciation

weld

/wɛld//weld/