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Proper use of terms, abbreviations, and symbols is required. For welding terminology, the Welding Journal adheres to ANSI/AWS A3.0, Standard Welding Terms and Definitions. A list of some of the more commonly used welding terms showing standard and nonstandard forms is given below.


arc welding

base metal (material)

butt joint

complete join penetration

covered electrode

diffusion welding


filler metal

gas metal arc welding (GMAW)

gas tungsten arc welding (GMAW)

incomplete fusion

oxygen cutting


root face

root opening

shielded metal arc welding



weld interface

welder,* welding operator

welding machine

workpiece lead

welding wire


electric arc welding; electric welding

parent metal

butt weld

complete penetration, full penetration

coated electrode, stick electrode

diffusion bonding

defect (unless indicating rejectability)

filler alloy, filler

metal inert gas, MIG, CO2 welding

tungsten inert gas, TIG

lack of fusion

flame cutting; burning

blowhole; gas pocket

land, nose

root gap, gap

stick electrode welding

soft solder, silver solder


fusion line



ground lead, ground

wire, filler wire

* Refers to the individual, not to requirement or machines

Units of Measurement

Authors should present measurements first in the units by which the measurements were actually made and then accompany them in the following manner:
  • U.S. customary (nonmetric) units should be accompanied in parentheses by SI conversions (metric).
  • SI units (metric) should be accompanied in parentheses by U.S. customary units (in., ft., lb., etc.)
    The Welding Journal follows the conversions found in Metric Practice Guide for the Welding Industry AWS A1.1.