[ welt ]
/ wɛlt /
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a ridge or wale on the surface of the body, as from a blow of a stick or whip.
a blow producing such a ridge or wale.
- 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.
- a strip, usually of leather, that ornaments a shoe.
a strengthening or ornamental finish along a seam, the edge of a garment, etc.
a seam in which one edge is cut close to the stitching line and covered by the other edge, which is stitched over it.
verb (used with object)
to beat soundly, as with a stick or whip.
to furnish or supply (a shoe or garment) with a welt or welts; sew a welt on to.
verb (used without object)
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
OTHER WORDS FROM weltun·welt·ed, adjective
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How to use welt in a sentence
For example, if a mosquito bites you, you get an itchy red welt.What the mummy’s curse reveals about your brain|Kathryn Hulick|January 14, 2021|Science News For Students
So unless the welts itch or hurt or they haven’t disappeared within an hour after sex ceases, I wouldn’t worry about it.When Cuckolding’s Gone Crazy|Eugene Robinson|October 26, 2020|Ozy
Sometimes it seemed to Mary Gowd that her brain was seared and welted by the pistol-shot reports of those eternal whips.Cheerful--By Request|Edna Ferber
Several sherds of foot rims, varying in diameter, were found, including one with a folded or “welted” edge.The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia|C. Malcolm Watkins
My boots were worn up by the time I reached Swansea, and I was obliged to get them new soled and welted.Letters to his mother, Ann Borrow|George Borrow
My boots were worn up by the time I reached Swansea, and was obliged to get them new soled and welted.The Life of George Borrow|Clement K. Shorter
Also they should be capped, welted, split or serrated, and waterproofed.Fishing with Floating Flies|Samuel G. Camp
British Dictionary definitions for welt
/ (wɛlt) /
a raised or strengthened seam or edge, sewn in or on a knitted garment
another word for weal 1
(in shoemaking) a strip of leather, etc, put in between the outer sole and the inner sole and upper
to put a welt in (a garment, etc)
to beat or flog soundly
Word Origin for welt
C15: origin unknown
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