verb[with object] • archaic or • literary
- 1Engulf, submerge, or bury (someone or something): a swimmer whelmed in a raging stormMore example sentences
- 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 sourceMore example sentences
- 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.
noun• archaic or • literary Back to top
- An act or instance of flowing or heaping up abundantly; a surge: the whelm of the tideMore example sentences
- 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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