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Topic: INDUSTRY

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: well 'to weld' (15-19 centuries), from Old English wellan; WELL5

weld

1 verb
     
weld1
1 [transitive]TIHCE to join metals by melting their edges and pressing them together when they are hot:
The new handle will have to be welded on.
2 [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to join or unite people into a single strong group:
His job is now to weld the players into a single team.
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