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ˈsɒd ərsol·der

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. solderverb

    an alloy (usually of lead and tin) used when melted to join two metal surfaces

  2. solderverb

    join or fuse with solder

    "solder these two pipes together"


  1. soldernoun

    Any of various alloys, often of tin and lead, that are used to join small pieces of metal together

  2. solderverb

    To join with (or as if with) solder

  3. Etymology: solderen, from solder (Modern French souder) from solido.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Soldernoun

    Metallick cement.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Goldsmiths say, the coarsest stuff
    Will serve for solder well enough. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To SOLDERverb

    Etymology: souder, Fr. soldare, Ital. solidare, Latin.

    A concave sphere of gold, filled with water, and soldered up, has, upon pressing the sphere with great force, let the water squeeze through it, and stand all over its outside in multitudes of small drops like dew, without bursting or cracking the body of the gold. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    It booteth them not thus to solder up a broken cause, wnereof their first and last discourses will fall asunder. Richard Hooker.

    Wars ’twixt you twain would be
    As if the world should cleave, and that slain men
    Should solder up the rift. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    Thou visible god,
    That sould’rest close impossibilities,
    And mak’st them kiss! William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Learn’d he was in med’c’nal lore;
    For by his side a pouch he wore,
    Replete with strange hermetick powder,
    That wounds nine miles point-blank would solder. Hudibras.

    The naked cynick’s jar ne’er flames; if broken,
    ’Tis quickly solder’d, or a new bespoken. John Dryden, Juv.

    At the Restoration the presbyterians, and other sects, did all unite and solder up their several schemes, to join against the church. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Soldernoun

    a metal or metallic alloy used when melted for uniting adjacent metallic edges or surfaces; a metallic cement

  2. Soldernoun

    anything which unites or cements

  3. Soldernoun

    to unite (metallic surfaces or edges) by the intervention of a more fusible metal or metallic alloy applied when melted; to join by means of metallic cement

  4. Soldernoun

    to mend; to patch up

  5. Etymology: [Formerlysoder. See Solder, n.]


  1. Solder

    Solder is a fusible metal alloy used to join together metal workpieces and having a melting point below that of the workpiece. Soft solder is typically thought of when solder or soldering is mentioned, with a typical melting range of 90 to 450 °C. It is commonly used in electronics, plumbing, and assembly of sheet metal parts. Manual soldering uses a soldering iron or soldering gun. Alloys that melt between 180 and 190 °C are the most commonly used. Soldering performed using alloys with a melting point above 450 °C is called 'hard soldering', 'silver soldering', or brazing. For certain proportions an alloy becomes eutectic and melts at a single temperature; non-eutectic alloys have markedly different solidus and liquidus temperature, and within that range they exist as a paste of solid particles in a melt of the lower-melting phase. In electrical work, if the joint is disturbed in the pasty state before it has solidified totally, a poor electrical connection may result; use of eutectic solder reduces this problem. The pasty state of a non-eutectic solder can be exploited in plumbing as it allows molding of the solder during cooling, e.g. for ensuring watertight joint of pipes, resulting in a so-called 'wiped joint'.4²

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Solder

    sod′ėr, or sol′dėr, v.t. to unite two metallic surfaces by a fusible metallic cement: to cement.—n. a fusible alloy for uniting metals.—ns. Sol′derer; Sol′dering; Sol′dering-bolt, -ī′ron, a tool with pointed or wedge-shaped copper bit for use in soldering. [O. Fr. soudre, soulduresouder, soulder, to consolidate—L. solidāre, to make solid.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of solder in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of solder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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