- 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 melding
In its day, this piece must simply have seemed noncommital, or wrong-headed – or a weird attempt at melding Pop and Color Field.By Pop Art, out of Color Field
May 31, 2012
"The process was very much a melding of soft and hard comedy," says Mumolo.Bridesmaids' Gross-Out Girls
May 11, 2011
All this suggests the Democrats stand largely for the expansion of crony capitalism, the melding of corporate power and state.We Need a New Ross Perot
April 23, 2010
Dylan cannot, of course, keep from importing his own style and preferences and melding it with the 1940s sound.Dylan's Early Christmas Present
October 13, 2009
- (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 melding
"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.