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welt

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noun
  1. a ridge or wale on the surface of the body, as from a blow of a stick or whip.
  2. a blow producing such a ridge or wale.
  3. Shoemaking.
    1. a strip, as of leather, set in between the outsole of a shoe and the edges of its insole and upper, through which these parts are joined by stitching or stapling.
    2. a strip, usually of leather, that ornaments a shoe.
  4. a strengthening or ornamental finish along a seam, the edge of a garment, etc.
  5. a seam in which one edge is cut close to the stitching line and covered by the other edge, which is stitched over it.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to beat soundly, as with a stick or whip.
  2. to furnish or supply (a shoe or garment) with a welt or welts; sew a welt on to.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to be marked with or develop welts.
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Origin of welt

1375–1425; late Middle English welte, walt shoemaker's welt, Old English wælt (thigh) sinew
Related formsun·welt·ed, adjective
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  • "I'd probably hit him a welt and he'd go off bawlin' like a calf," he communed with himself.

  • He might chance to strike where no words would efface the welt.

    That Boy Of Norcott's

    Charles James Lever

  • Waldo was thinking of his father as he strode down the pass with that welt on his cheek.

    Peak and Prairie

    Anna Fuller

  • Oncus -i: a welt: applied to welt-like ridges on caterpillars.

  • Then if he monkeyed too much, why—I could welt him well after.

    Red Cap Tales

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett


British Dictionary definitions for welt

welt

noun
  1. a raised or strengthened seam or edge, sewn in or on a knitted garment
  2. another word for weal 1
  3. (in shoemaking) a strip of leather, etc, put in between the outer sole and the inner sole and upper
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verb (tr)
  1. to put a welt in (a garment, etc)
  2. to beat or flog soundly
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Word Origin

C15: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for welt

n.

early 15c., a shoemaker's term, perhaps related to Middle English welten "to overturn, roll over" (c.1300), from Old Norse velta "to roll" (related to welter (v.)). Meaning "ridge on the skin from a wound" is first recorded 1800.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

welt in Medicine

welt

(wĕlt)
n.
  1. A ridge or bump on the skin caused by a lash or blow or sometimes by an allergic reaction.
  2. wheal