Main definitions of weld in English

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weld1

verb

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

    ‘steel plates were being welded’
    ‘the truck had spikes welded to the back’
    • ‘He was handcuffed to a metal desk that was welded to the floor.’
    • ‘A metal ring is welded onto the power shaft beside the universal joint.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Accordingly, the bottom of the bucket is cut out and replaced with new steel plate, welding it into position.’
    • ‘Such torches are used to cut through metals and to weld two metals to each other.’
    • ‘The two metals are welded together under heat and pressure.’
    • ‘I first welded flat sheet metal to the top of the unit.’
    • ‘The fuselage was of welded steel tube truss construction and was quite stout.’
    • ‘The two sides aren't welded, but they snap together.’
    • ‘Then he wanted to make a mortar, so he welded a steel plate onto the end of a scaffolding pipe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The electron beam welding process has had wide application for joining dissimilar metals.’
    • ‘The artist was seen welding bits of metal together.’
    • ‘His solution was to remove the part, and have a metal shop weld a small reinforcement to the post.’
    • ‘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.

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

noun

  • A welded joint.

    • ‘The weaker parts generally tend to be the welds, particularly at flange joints.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The extra welds add cost but create a stiffer structure.’
    • ‘However, hydrogen has almost no solubility in solid aluminum and it has been determined to be the primary cause of porosity in aluminum welds.’
    • ‘Resistance welding is used to join titanium and titanium alloy sheet by either spot welds or continuous seam welds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although the Tridents have never been into a refit, there would have been similar checks on welds during construction at Barrow.’
    • ‘Optical examination instruments produced by the company are used in industry to check the quality of everything from fuel injector nozzles to interior welds.’
    • ‘Erectors assembled the trusses with bolts instead of welds because of the threat of fire.’
    • ‘Some bolted connections had to be switched to welds.’
    • ‘This process is quite common for making welds for making watertight joints for tanks, etc.’
    • ‘On closer inspection it's hollowed out with no internal welds.’
    • ‘During installation the sections are welded to the posts at the jobsite, and these welds are then touched up with primer and paint.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Several vendors are working to improve the throughput of laser-welding machines and the process of reducing stress in the welds.’
    • ‘They are getting a better understanding of the fundamentals of the process, such as the appropriate control parameters for good welds.’
    • ‘He is responsible for teaching students how to properly take X-rays of welds to ensure they will stand up to underwater stress.’
    • ‘Among the advantages of friction welding is the ability to produce high quality welds in a short cycle time.’

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/

Main definitions of weld in English

: weld1weld2

weld2

noun

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

    Reseda luteola, family Resedaceae

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

weld

/wɛld/