- a strip of leather stitched into the seam between the sole and upper of a shoe to strengthen the joining
- a strip of material, often folded over a cord, placed at the edge or seam of a garment, cushion, etc. to reinforce or trim it
- a ridge or lump raised on the skin as by a blow
- Rare such a blow
Origin of weltMiddle English welte, probably akin to Old English wealtan, to roll: for Indo-European base see walk
- to furnish with a welt
- to beat severely; thrash
- to raise welts on
- A strip, as of leather or other material, stitched into a shoe between the sole and the upper.
- A tape or covered cord sewn into a seam as reinforcement or trimming.
- a. A ridge or bump on the skin caused by a lash or blow or sometimes by an allergic reaction.b. A lash or blow producing such a mark.
transitive verbwelt·ed, welt·ing, welts
- To reinforce or trim with a welt.
- To beat severely; flog.
- To raise welts or a welt on.
Origin of weltMiddle English welte
pillow with welt trimming
- A raised mark on the body 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.
(third-person singular simple present welts, present participle welting, simple past and past participle welted)
Circa 1425, a shoemaker's term. Perhaps related to Middle English welten (“to overturn, roll over"), from Old Norse velta (“to roll"). Meaning "ridge on the skin from a wound" first recorded 1800.