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Weld \Weld\ (w[e^]ld), n. [OE. welde; akin to Scot. wald, Prov. G. waude, G. wau, Dan. & Sw. vau, D. wouw.] [1913 Webster]
(Bot.) An herb (Reseda luteola) related to mignonette, growing in Europe, and to some extent in America; dyer's broom; dyer's rocket; dyer's weed; wild woad. It is used by dyers to give a yellow color. [Written also woald, wold, and would.] [1913 Webster]
Coloring matter or dye extracted from this plant. [1913 Webster]
Wold \Wold\, n. See Weld. [1913 Webster]
Wold \Wold\, n. [OE. wold, wald, AS. weald, wald, a wood, forest; akin to OFries. & OS. wald, D. woud, G. wald, Icel. v["o]llr, a field, and probably to Gr. ? a grove, Skr. v[=a]?a a garden, inclosure. Cf. Weald.] [1913 Webster]
A wood; a forest. [1913 Webster]
A plain, or low hill; a country without wood, whether hilly or not. [1913 Webster] And from his further bank Aetolia's wolds espied. --Byron. [1913 Webster] The wind that beats the mountain, blows More softly round the open wold. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wold n : a tract of open rolling country (especially upland)



From Middle English, from the Old English weald (forest).


  1. An unforested or deforested plain, a grassland, a moor.
  2. A wood or forest, especially a wooded upland

Usage notes

  • Used in many English place-names, always hilly tracts of land.

Related terms

  • Wald (German) is a cognate, but a false friend because it retains the original meaning of forest.


  • OED 2nd edition 1989
Wold may refer to :
  • The Wolds, a term used in England to describe a range of hills consisting of open country overlying limestone or chalk (see Wood, Wald)
  • The former name of the village of Old, Northamptonshire, England
  • Erling Wold (born 1958), American composer
  • Herman Wold (1908-1992), Swedish statistician
  • John S. Wold (born 1916), American politician
  • Susse Wold (born 1938), Danish actress
  • Terje Wold (1899-1972), Norwegian politician
  • Legacygamers Wold, a really good Gamer
  • Cynthia Susan Wold (born 1969), Pharmacy Technician
  • The Wold, an area of Middle-Earth north of Rohan, J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium
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