- 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 melded
They melded into hundreds of thousands—at least half a million—women who went east.Hitler’s Killer Women Revealed in New History
October 6, 2013
The first lady thrilled the convention with a speech that melded politics and the personal.Michelle Obama’s Resounding Triumph
September 5, 2012
For better or worse, New York in the '70s melded world music and radical culture to mass-market sales.Must-Read Books by Will Hermes, Lydia Millet, and Stuart Nadler
Nicholas Mancusi, Drew Toal, John Reed
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I realized I could have an event that melded the two breeds.40 Schmoes, 6 Surfers, and a Supreme Court Justice
November 5, 2008
Rara clutched her box of trinkets and scurried to the corner, then melded with the herding crowd for two blocks into the slums.Captives of the Flame
Samuel R. Delany
It might be a good idea, then,—go ahead and tell us about them in a melded form.Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
- (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 melded
"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.