(Weld), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Welded; p. pr. & vb. n. Welding.] [Probably originally the same
word as well to spring up, to gush; perhaps from the Scand.; cf. Sw. välla to weld, uppvälla to boil up,
to spring up, Dan. vælde to gush, G. wellen to weld. See Well to spring.]
1. To press or beat into intimate and permanent union, as two pieces of iron when heated almost to
Very few of the metals, besides iron and platinum. are capable of being welded. Horn and tortoise shell
possess this useful property.
2. Fig.: To unite closely or intimately.
Two women faster welded in one love.Tennyson.
Butt weld. See under Butt. Scarf weld, a joint made by overlapping, and welding together, the
scarfed ends of two pieces.
(Weld), n. The state of being welded; the joint made by welding.
(Weld"a*ble) a. Capable of being welded.
(Weld"er) n. One who welds, or unites pieces of iron, etc., by welding.
1. One who welds, or wields. [Obs.]
2. A manager; an actual occupant. [Ireland. Obs.] "The welder . . . who . . . lives miserably." Swift.
(Wel"don's proc"ess) (Chem.) A process for the recovery or regeneration of manganese
dioxide in the manufacture of chlorine, by means of milk of lime and the oxygen of the air; so called
after the inventor.
(Wele) n. [See Weal prosperity.] Prosperity; happiness; well-being; weal. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Wele"ful) a. Producing prosperity or happiness; blessed. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(We"lew) v. t. To welk, or wither. [Obs.]
(Wel"fare`) n. [Well + fare to go, to proceed, to happen.] Well-doing or well-being in any respect; the
enjoyment of health and the common blessings of life; exemption from any evil or calamity; prosperity; happiness.
How to study for the people's welfare.Shak.
In whose deep eyesEmerson.
Men read the welfare of the times to come.
(Wel"far`ing), a. Faring well; prosperous; thriving. [Obs.] "A welfaring person." Chaucer.
(Welk) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Welked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Welking.] [OE. welken; cf. D. & G. welken
to wither, G. welk withered, OHG. welc moist. See Welkin, and cf. Wilt.] To wither; to fade; also, to
decay; to decline; to wane. [Obs.]
When ruddy Phbus 'gins to welk in west.Spenser.
The church, that before by insensible degrees welked and impaired, now with large steps went down