But for some dreadful and unabsolved crime, a holy man of those days whelmed all beneath the deep waters.
In another moment Bax was whelmed in spray and knee-deep in rushing water.
She thought of him when the rains fell, and prayed that he might not fall ill of fever or be whelmed by a stream.
The rider in that cariole is so whelmed in furs as to be absolutely invisible.
The escort of armed men on horseback, together with the mob, followed her on the run and whelmed her with fresh jeers and hisses.
All the flowers, with which you are whelmed in profusion, will one day bear fruit.
Virginia lingered, whelmed in pity, thrilled by a wonderful womanliness of her who knelt there.
It looked as though a match-factory had been whelmed by a landslip.
She was at once whelmed in the sunlight, so that she could see nothing, while Walter could almost have counted her eyelashes.
The apprehension was whelmed in the possessing movement with which he drew me to his breast.
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).