Definition of welt in US English:

welt

noun

  • 1A leather rim sewn around the edge of a shoe upper to which the sole is attached.

    • ‘The once sealed welts have cracks, and as for the ‘uppers’, well, enough of this nonsense…’
    • ‘There was the outline, and around this outline ran a well-defined sewn thread which had, it appeared, attached the welt to the sole.’
    • ‘Make sure your boot has enough welt to hold in the binding, just as you would for a step-in crampon.’
    • ‘The big change is a frame designed along an asymmetrical last to more closely fit the anatomical sole of a boot and lock more tightly into the boot welts.’
    1. 1.1 A ribbed, reinforced, or decorative border of a garment or pocket.
      • ‘The matching linen flat-front pants are slightly low-waisted and feature two off-seam pockets, as well as pocket welts.’
      • ‘It has a three-button continental placket with polished agate buttons, a knit collar welt, sleeve bands, and a hemmed bottom with side vents.’
      • ‘Elegant embellishments such as freeform beading, tiered tassels, piping insertions filled with fine rattail cord and pockets tailored with contrast welts are among his trademarks.’
      • ‘Pleats, piping, pocket welts, pocket flaps, top-stitched yokes all look wonderful in linen.’
  • 2A red, swollen mark left on flesh by a blow or pressure.

    • ‘The lurid technicolour of bruises, angry wounds, and welts marred his skin.’
    • ‘Her face was bruised, and crimson welts marred her bare arms.’
    • ‘If a wheal or welt appears, it's considered evidence of an allergy.’
    • ‘It hides in cracks within the housing during the day and feeds mostly at night on blood while the host is asleep, causing small, hard, swollen, white welts which become inflamed and itch severely.’
    • ‘Daniel grabbed her hand and pulled up her shirt sleeve to revel thick welts, scabs and scars all over her arm.’
    • ‘When they arrived, the soldiers began disarming the guards and giving aid to the prisoners, whose backs, arms and legs were marked with welts and bruises.’
    • ‘He showed me the fresh welts and bruises below his waist.’
    • ‘He seemed to have welt marks on his skin that looked like they were made by a whip and his shirt was in tatters.’
    • ‘The broken end whipped forward, hitting me in the hand, leaving a small cut and red welt.’
    • ‘What will your co-workers think if you show up at the office with a big purple welt on your neck!’
    • ‘He soon regretted that thought, however, as he saw the welts and scars covering her torso.’
    • ‘We see a large red welt on the side of her torso as she closes a vest over it, wincing as she does.’
    • ‘Twigs and branches reached out to claw at their flesh, oftentimes causing small cuts or welts to appear on their arms and faces.’
    • ‘The plastic tie wraps the police had used on her wrists left welts and bruises.’
    • ‘Even without sharp edges, it was sufficient to raise an enormous welt and painful enough for the man to stop.’
    • ‘Returning to earth, the ball banged off the shin of a spectator, raising a nasty welt.’
    • ‘I stare at my reflection in the mirror as I apply gentle pressure to the welt on my cheek.’
    • ‘There were great welts, scars that ran in ridges across his muscular shoulders.’
    • ‘She rubbed, absent-mindedly at the welt of a scar on her thigh, covered and concealed by tights and a dress.’
    • ‘Reaching up to my forehead, I feel a welt, swollen and hard, caked with dried blood from my fall.’
    • ‘Moreover, he had himself been battered as a child; and shows Dana the welts and scars that resulted from beatings by his father.’
    • ‘How about that big red welt that was on your face?’
    • ‘The nocturnal creatures do not transmit diseases, but some people experience red, itchy welts or swelling anywhere from a few hours to two weeks after being bitten.’
    • ‘The red welt already swelling over the palm of his left hand felt as though it was covered in acid, and he wanted to shove it under the water in an effort to rinse the burning away.’
    • ‘Pulling open his shirt he looked down and saw a long red welt down the side of his ribs.’
    • ‘They often saw red marks and welts appear on her skin.’
    • ‘Alma remembered every second of those nights, how powerless she felt when she saw him beside her, his skin swollen with welts.’
    • ‘Tomaz's back and arms became covered in welts and bruises.’
    • ‘A large welt had swelled upon his head, but to his credit the blow hadn't caused him to bleed.’
    • ‘I could still see the red and purple bruised welts in my head… the same mark that I could see rather clearly on Leif's inner arm.’
    • ‘She tugged her shirt down, as if to cover the welts then reached to pull the sports page from beneath her transistor radio.’
    • ‘The use of a strap, cane, electrical cord or other implement can result in multiple bruises, welts and abrasions on the skin.’
    wound, lesion, swelling
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  • 3A heavy blow.

    blow, hit, thump, thwack, punch, slap, smack, cuff, box, knock, rap, buffet
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Provide with a welt.

    flogging, whipping, beating, scourging, lashing, birching, switching, tanning, strapping, belting, caning, thrashing, flailing, flaying, welting, horsewhipping, spanking
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  • 2Strike (someone or something) hard and heavily.

    ‘I could have welted her’
    • ‘Sagnol slaloms past a few defenders and then welts the ball off another defender's elbow.’
    • ‘He squares it invitingly across the six-yard line, and Zambrotta welts it to safety.’
    • ‘Tevez cuts in from the left and then rolls the ball across to Maxi, who welts the ball into the side-netting.’
    • ‘Before I could think twice, his familiar black leather belt was welting me across my body.’
    • ‘Simao's low cross cattle-prods Pauleta into life six yards out, he flips it up and welts it towards goal, but Van Der Sar juts out his right foot to turn it over the top.’
    • ‘He nearly manages it as well, welting a purler just past Kahn's left-hand post.’
    • ‘The first real goalmouth action comes as Mills makes himself a yard near the right touchline and welts a ball across the turf to where Heskey is sliding in.’
    • ‘As the American welted the ball for all he was worth, Stepanek scampered across the baseline and belted it back for a winner.’
    • ‘The increasingly impressive Tenorio shimmied into the box from the right and pulled a ball back to the feet of the Portsmouth legend, who welted the ball high and wide.’
    • ‘He chests the ball back into the path of Seaman, the ball is blocked out to the Everton winger, who shifts the ball to the left and welts it in.’
    • ‘Convey whipped in a deep free-kick from the right and Zaccardo, trying to welt the ball clear, shanked it in his own net from six yards with his swinger.’
    • ‘He received a header eight yards out with Metzelder right up his backside, but he turned instantly and welted the ball towards the near post, where Lehmann funnelled it round for a corner.’
    • ‘He turned and took it past Oleguera before welting the ball past Victor Valdes.’
    • ‘Perhaps he was taking Martin too lightly, but once he had settled down and stopped trying to welt the ball, he always had the edge in a close first set.’
    hit, slap, smack, beat, thrash, spank, thump, thwack, punch, cuff, crack, swat, knock, rap
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  • 3no object Develop a raised scar.

    ‘his lip was beginning to thicken and welt from the blow’
    • ‘After several attempts to douse him under the shower and apply a cold pack to his welting face, our two year old showed no sign of faith in our knowledge of burn therapy.’
    • ‘Every day he makes a pilgrimage to the spring, cutting his feet on roots, his flesh welted by branches and thorn bushes.’
    • ‘The girl had taken a long look at herself in the mirror before deciding she wasn't bruised or welted or anything.’
    • ‘Danny started scratching his neck again and he knew that under his gray turtleneck, his skin was now blotchy, welted and pink.’
    • ‘It was a four inch line that traced his vein and it had welted up.’
    • ‘Her fingers looked as if someone had beat on them and they were welted and lumpy and bent at uncomfortable angles.’
    • ‘He winced as I pulled it from his thigh; his skin beginning to welt and blister.’
    • ‘Michan could feel his leg begin to welt up and pulse in pain but he ignored it.’
    • ‘She knew that her back now looked like a mass of red, welted, flesh with deep slashes caused by the whip.’

Origin

Late Middle English: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

welt

/wɛlt//welt/