verb[no object] • literary
- 1Move in a turbulent fashion: the streams foam and welterMore example sentences
- As in Four Nudes, women welter together in the heat and the unslaked thirst of their sterile frenzy.
- It was Milton, I told him, but unfortunately those bold words were spoken by Satan, as he is weltering about in Hell and has, in fact, lost everything.
- A lift of the rod sunk the hook, and brown/green water weltered.
- 2Lie soaked in blood.More example sentences
- In that welter the rights of the small man and the potential of the Erris region can be lost so easily.
- By Part Three, The Chaos, having spent so long looking like a frightened rabbit, he begins to appear stronger by virtue of his despair, overwhelmed with pity for the idiots around him, weltering in this bloody and meaningless civil war.
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- 1A large number of items in no order; a confused mass: there’s such a welter of conflicting rulesMore example sentences
- Historians point to the U.S. in the 1930s, when Congress created most of the modern regulatory agencies to bring order to a welter of state rules.
- But just might add that there has been a welter of confusing and contradictory information coming out of various parts of the leadership.
- Here we see, not a confusing welter of compromises and half-measures, but a clear and logical relationship in which each pole is balanced and complemented by the other.
- 1.1A state of general disorder: the attack petered out in a welter of bloody, confused fightingMore example sentences
- The pivotal moments that will eventually adorn tomorrow's history books are often hidden in the welter of noise generated by the media.
- The largest country in Africa had emerged within the space of fifty years from a welter of bloodshed and anarchy to lie at peace with its neighbours and itself.
Middle English (in the sense 'writhe, wallow'): from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German welteren.
- short for welterweight. [mass noun]: also selected was Willie Egan at welter [count noun]: although welter John Green fights only once, his brother Andy, a lightweight, faces two fightsMore example sentences
- McGirt, 38, who held world titles in the junior welter and welterweight divisions, was an infinitely clever boxer with a truly impressive work ethic.
- We also have Andy Morris, another undefeated featherweight and Gary Young, a light welter from Scotland who is really doing very well and is undefeated in ten fights.
- Outside the pro ranks, there are compelling cases to be made for Oleg Saitov, the Russian welter, or Mario Kindelan, the Cuban lightweight.