wald (third-person singular simple present walds, present participle walding, simple past and past participle walded)
- (Britain dialectal, transitive, intransitive) To govern; inherit.
From Middle English wald, iwald, from Old English ġeweald (“might, power, possession, control, command, dominion, bridle, protection, subjection, groin, pudenda”), from Proto-Germanic *waldą (“might, power, main”), from Proto-Indo-European *waldʰ- (“to be strong, be powerful, prevail, possess”). Cognate with German Gewalt (“force, power, control, violence”), Swedish våld (“force, violence”).
wald (plural walds)
- (Britain dialectal) Power; strength.
- (Britain dialectal) Command; control; possession.
From Middle English wald, from Old English weald (“high land covered with wood, woods, forest”), from Proto-Germanic *walþuz, whence also Old High German wald (German Wald) and Old Norse vǫllr (Faroese vøllur, Norwegian voll, Icelandic völlur).
wald (plural walds)
- Forest; woods.
1812, Walter Scott, Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, Digitized edition, page 124:
- … we still recognize the ancient traditions of the Goths, concerning the wald-elven,…
1853, Robert Simpson, History of Sanquhar, page 16:
- the romantic pass of the "wald path," along which runs a spur of an old Roman road
1857, George Bradshaw, Bradshaw's illustrated hand-book to Switzerland and the Tyrol, Digitized edition, published 2006, page 1:
- MARDEN and STAPLEHURST—All this part of the line, through the Weald of Kent, i.e., the wald or forest, which still prevails here.
From Old English weald (“high land covered with wood, woods, forest”), from Proto-Germanic *walþuz, whence also Old High German wald (German Wald) and Old Norse vǫllr (Faroese vøllur, Norwegian voll, Icelandic völlur).
wald (plural walds or walden)
- a wooded area, forested land, the woods; a wooded tract, forest preserve; the forest as a wild place
- Þe wurmes & te wilde deor ... o þis wald wunieð. — St. Margaret of Antioch, c1225
- Ȝif æi mon hine mihte ifinden uppe þissere wælden, ... — Layamon's Brut, c1275
- Beliagog in þat nede Fond him riche wald To fine. — Sir Tristrem, c1330
- Was nouthire waldis in þar walke ne watir to fynde. — Wars of Alexander, 1450
- Middle English Dictionary