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

n a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions

wale, weal, wheal
Type of:
harm, hurt, injury, trauma
any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

n a raised or strengthened seam

Type of:
joint consisting of a line formed by joining two pieces

v beat severely with a whip or rod

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

v put a welt on

welt the shoes”
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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