verb (used without object)
Origin of welter1
Definition for welter (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for welter
There no longer is anywhere to hide from the swelter and welter of the American id.Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea, the ‘Sex Superbug,’ Is Not Worse Than AIDS|Kent Sepkowitz|May 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Welter, when he saw that his wife was not killed, was furious.
From this welter of evil portents some actual horror was due.Where the Pavement Ends|John Russell
And yet, in the welter of conflicting thought two objects stood out above the rest––Carmen and Rosendo.
Dusty Star saw a fountain of spray and a welter of bloody foam.Dusty Star|Olaf Baker
Still, above the welter of it all, he saw clearly that there must be no further delay on his part.
British Dictionary definitions for welter
Word Origin for welter
Word Origin and History for welter
"to roll or twist," c.1300, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German welteren "to roll," from Proto-Germanic *waltijanan (cf. Old English wieltan, Old Norse velta, Old High German walzan "to turn, revolve," German wälzen "to roll," Gothic waltjan "to roll"), from PIE root *wel- "to turn, revolve" (see volvox). The noun meaning "confused mass" is first recorded 1851.