If someone hits you hard with a thin stick, your skin might rise up in a welt. Ouch. A welt is a swollen bruise.

The extra bit of stitching around the pocket of your jeans can also be called a welt, as can the stitching that holds your shoe to its sole. In these cases, as well as in the case of the mark on the skin, a welt is a rising where things meet — either where a blow meets the body or where two types of fabric meet each other.

Definitions of welt
  1. noun
    a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions
    synonyms: wale, weal, wheal
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    type of:
    harm, hurt, injury, trauma
    any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
  2. noun
    a raised or strengthened seam
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    type of:
    joint consisting of a line formed by joining two pieces
  3. verb
    beat severely with a whip or rod
    synonyms: flog, lash, lather, slash, strap, trounce, whip
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    flagellate, scourge
    whip with a leather strap
    whip with a whip intended for horses
    flog with or as if with a flexible rod
    flog with a cowhide
    beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails
    whip with a birch twig
    type of:
    beat, beat up, work over
    give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
  4. verb
    put a welt on
    welt the shoes”
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    type of:
    make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of
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