Why whelm they that light under a bushel which ought to stand on a candlestick?
He wanted to whelm his senses in their perfume, and closed his eyes.
The envious billows sidelong swell to whelm my track; let them; but first I pass.
To acquire the reputation of a great warrior, he was willing to whelm provinces in blood.
That canst not lift thy head above the waves Which whelm and sink thee down!
The Scots were riding forward to whelm him when Brian's men drove down with a wild yell and smote the length of their flank.
Far be it from the Judge of all the earth to whelm the innocent and guilty in the same destruction!
c.1300, probably from a parallel form of Old English -hwielfan (West Saxon), -hwelfan (Mercian), in ahwelfan "cover over;" probably altered by association with Old English helmian "to cover" (see helmet).