[ 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
Although her memory of the intense pain of a sting wasn’t so unexpected, she brought up details I had forgotten, including the fact that we put frozen peas on the welt and that she got a cupcake afterward.What happens to our lost childhood memories? Motherhood sent me looking for answers.|Missy Ryan|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
They may buck and gag you, as they ought to, 'bout every day, but that won't be nothin' to the welting one of us 'll261 give you.Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)|John McElroy
Welting a man on the head with a whip-stock ain't anything, hey?Wayside Courtships|Hamlin Garland
The silence in town meeting was so profound that the voters heard him welting his horse as he drove away.The Skipper and the Skipped|Holman Day
It isn't necessary fer you to be a skunk in order to give yourself a welting.They of the High Trails|Hamlin Garland
Only the song of the saw was heard, and the welting of the river.Mrs. Falchion, Complete|Gilbert Parker
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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