Definition of whelm in English:


Syllabification: whelm
Pronunciation: /(h)welm


[with object] archaic or • literary
  • 1Engulf, submerge, or bury (someone or something): a swimmer whelmed in a raging storm
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    • All the faults of the Italian people are whelmed in forgiveness as soon as their music sounds under the Italian sky.
    • The envious billows sidelong well to whelm my track; let them; but first I pass.
  • 1.1 [no object] Flow or heap up abundantly: the brook whelmed up from its source
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    • The warmth whelms from the nearness of arms, backs, necks, breasts; not from fire.
    • Then, a golden light whelmed up from the earth and engulfed me.


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  • An act or instance of flowing or heaping up abundantly; a surge: the whelm of the tide
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    • We'll retreat, but if I see your starship again, I'll blast you right out of the stars and into the fiery whelms of Hell!


Middle English: representing an Old English form parallel to hwelfan 'overturn (a vessel)'.

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