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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
welt \welt\ (w[e^]lt), n. [OE. welte, probably fr. W. gwald a hem, a welt, gwaldu to welt or to hem.] [1913 Webster] 1. That which, being sewed or otherwise fastened to an edge or border, serves to guard, strengthen, or adorn it; as: (a) A small cord covered with cloth and sewed on a seam or border to strengthen it; an edge of cloth folded on itself, usually over a cord, and sewed down. (b) A hem, border, or fringe. [Obs.] (c) In shoemaking, a narrow strip of leather around a shoe, between the upper leather and sole. (d) In steam boilers and sheet-iron work, a strip riveted upon the edges of plates that form a butt joint. (e) In carpentry, a strip of wood fastened over a flush seam or joint, or an angle, to strengthen it. (f) In machine-made stockings, a strip, or flap, of which the heel is formed. [1913 Webster] 2. (Her.) A narrow border, as of an ordinary, but not extending around the ends. [1913 Webster] 3. A raised ridge on the surface of the skin, produced by a blow, as from a stick or whip; a wale; a weal; as, to raise welts on the back with a whip. Syn: wale; weal; wheal. [PJC] 4. A blow that produces a welt. [PJC] Welt joint, a joint, as of plates, made with a welt, instead of by overlapping the edges. See Weld, n., 1 (d) . [1913 Webster]