From Middle English welten, from Old English weltan, wieltan, from Proto-Germanic *waltijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (“to turn; wind; twist”). Cognate with German wälzen, Danish vælte, Swedish välta, Icelandic velta.
welt (plural welts)
- A ridge or lump on the skin, as caused by a blow; a wheal or weal.
- (shoemaking) A strip of leather set into the seam between the outsole of a shoe and the upper, through which these parts are joined by stitching or stapling.
- A strip of material or covered cord applied to a seam or garment edge to strengthen or cover it.
- In steam boilers and sheet-iron work, a strip riveted upon the edges of plates that form a butt joint.
- In carpentry, a strip of wood fastened over a flush seam or joint, or an angle, to strengthen it.
- In machine-made stockings, a strip, or flap, of which the heel is formed.
- (heraldry) A narrow border, as of an ordinary, but not extending around the ends.
- A feature resembling a welt.
- 2018, Susan Orlean, chapter 6, in The Library Book:
- “The neighborhood is officially called Mid-City, but it is often referred to as Crenshaw. The area is wide and bright, a grid of small streets crisscrossed with boulevards and the welt of the I-10 freeway running along its southern edge.”
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- To cause to have welts; to beat.
- 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, page 113:
- "Cover your scut, or I'll welt the skin off it."
- To install welt (a welt or welts) to reinforce.
- (UK, dialect, archaic, intransitive) To decay.
- (UK, dialect, archaic, intransitive) To become stringy.