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  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.
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.
verb (used without object)
  1. to be marked with or develop welts.

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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Examples from the Web for welting

Historical Examples of welting

  • Welting a man on the head with a whip-stock ain't anything, hey?

    Wayside Courtships

    Hamlin Garland

  • Welting cord, a cord sewed into the welt or border of a garment.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher

  • Only the song of the saw was heard, and the welting of the river.

  • Behind the steer another black boy dodged in and out, welting and prodding it from time to time with a bamboo pole.

    An Outback Marriage

    Andrew Barton Paterson

  • The net itself, must have a welting all around it, doubled so as to form a groove for the reception of the rods.

British Dictionary definitions for welting


  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
verb (tr)
  1. to put a welt in (a garment, etc)
  2. to beat or flog soundly

Word Origin for welt

C15: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for welting



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

welting in Medicine


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