meld

1
[meld]Cards.
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noun
  1. the act of melding.
  2. any combination of cards to be melded.

Origin of meld

1
1895–1900; < German melden to announce; akin to Middle English melden, Old English meldian to make known

meld

2
[meld]
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to merge; blend.
noun
  1. a blend.

Origin of meld

2
1935–40; blend of melt1 and weld1

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Examples from the Web for melding

Contemporary Examples of melding

  • In its day, this piece must simply have seemed noncommital, or wrong-headed – or a weird attempt at melding Pop and Color Field.

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    By Pop Art, out of Color Field

    Blake Gopnik

    May 31, 2012

  • "The process was very much a melding of soft and hard comedy," says Mumolo.

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    Bridesmaids' Gross-Out Girls

    Jennie Yabroff

    May 11, 2011

  • All this suggests the Democrats stand largely for the expansion of crony capitalism, the melding of corporate power and state.

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    We Need a New Ross Perot

    Joel Kotkin

    April 23, 2010

  • Dylan cannot, of course, keep from importing his own style and preferences and melding it with the 1940s sound.

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    Dylan's Early Christmas Present

    Sean Wilentz

    October 13, 2009


British Dictionary definitions for melding

meld

1
verb
  1. (in some card games) to declare or lay down (cards), which then score points
noun
  1. the act of melding
  2. a set of cards for melding

Word Origin for meld

C19: from German melden to announce; related to Old English meldian

meld

2
verb
  1. to blend or become blended; combine

Word Origin for meld

C20: blend of melt + weld 1
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Word Origin and History for melding

meld

v.

"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.

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