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Definition of weld verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    weld

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//weld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//weld//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they weld
    BrE BrE//weld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//weld//
     
    he / she / it welds
    BrE BrE//weldz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//weldz//
     
    past simple welded
    BrE BrE//ˈweldɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweldɪd//
     
    past participle welded
    BrE BrE//ˈweldɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweldɪd//
     
    -ing form welding
    BrE BrE//ˈweldɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweldɪŋ//
     
    Manufacturing
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to join pieces of metal together by heating their edges and pressing them together weld (something) to weld a broken axle weld A (on) (to B) The car has had a new wing welded on. weld A and B (together) All the parts of the sculpture have to be welded together. See related entries: Manufacturing
  2. 2[transitive] to unite people or things into a strong and effective group weld somebody/something into something They had welded a bunch of untrained recruits into an efficient fighting force. weld something together The crisis helped to weld the party together.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘become united’): alteration (probably influenced by the past participle) of the verb well in the obsolete sense ‘melt or weld heated metal’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: weld

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