- to announce and display (a counting combination of cards in the hand) for a score.
- the act of melding.
- any combination of cards to be melded.
Origin of meld1
- to merge; blend.
- a blend.
Origin of meld2
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Examples from the Web for meld
Gravity seems to meld these two fields, science and philosophy, together.Alfonso Cuarón On ‘Gravity,’ Creationists, and Bonding with Sandra Bullock Over Divorce
February 19, 2014
They achieved no Jedi mind-meld, or any other kind of meld, for that matter.Washington Runs Out of Gas as Budget Battle Leads to More Paralysis
March 4, 2013
For now, the young boys will not go back to school, but will help mix the explosive powder and meld the iron.Syrian Rebels Outgunned but Unbroken in Fight for Aleppo
August 18, 2012
When the cards were dealt, it fell the dog's turn to meld first.Frank Merriwell's Backers
Burt L. Standish
He had been interrupted with a meld of a hundred and twenty.Jimsy and the Monsters
I told you before lots of times, if you got the extra ten, get rid of your meld first.Abe and Mawruss
An censes inveniri posse Lugdun, Meld, aut alibi in Galliis qui nos ad hc juvare velint.History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century, Volume III
J. H. Merle D'Aubign
When you look at the wall paper does your brain do a sort of loop-the-loop and cause you to meld 100 aces or double pinochle?You Should Worry Says John Henry
George V. Hobart
- (in some card games) to declare or lay down (cards), which then score points
- the act of melding
- a set of cards for melding
- to blend or become blended; combine
Word Origin and History for meld
"to blend together, merge, unite" (intransitive), by 1910, of uncertain origin. OED suggests "perh. a blend of MELT v.1 and WELD v." Said elsewhere to be a verb use of melled "mingled, blended," past participle of dialectal mell "to mingle, mix, combine, blend."
[T]he biplane grew smaller and smaller, the stacatto clatter of the motor became once more a drone which imperceptibly became melded with the waning murmur of country sounds .... ["Aircraft" magazine, October 1910]
But it is perhaps an image from card-playing, where the verb meld is attested by 1907 in a sense of "combine two cards for a score:"
Upon winning a trick, and before drawing from the stock, the player can "meld" certain combinations of cards. [rules for two-hand pinochle in "Hoyle's Games," 1907]
The rise of the general sense of the word in English coincides with the craze for canasta, in which melding figures. The card-playing sense is said to be "apparently" from German melden "make known, announce," from Old High German meldon, from Proto-Germanic *meldojan (cf. Old English meldian "to declare, tell, display, proclaim"), and the notion is of "declaring" the combination of cards. Related: Melded; melding.