verb[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.
nounarchaic or literary
Middle English: representing an Old English form parallel to hwelfan 'overturn (a vessel)'.
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