- to roll, toss, or heave, as waves or the sea.
- to roll, writhe, or tumble about; wallow, as animals (often followed by about): pigs weltering about happily in the mud.
- to lie bathed in or be drenched in something, especially blood.
- to become deeply or extensively involved, associated, entangled, etc.: to welter in setbacks, confusion, and despair.
- a confused mass; a jumble or muddle: a welter of anxious faces.
- a state of commotion, turmoil, or upheaval: the welter that followed the surprise attack.
- a rolling, tossing, or tumbling about, as or as if by the sea, waves, or wind: They found the shore through the mighty welter.
Origin of welter1
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Related Words for welteringdrop, dwindle, wilt, wither, shrink, savor, revel, relish, indulge, totter, flounder, lurch, slope, bicker, tumble, toss, ascend, seesaw, bend, heave
Examples from the Web for weltering
Historical Examples of weltering
I saw you weltering in your blood; I tried to save you, but could not.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
Ferrares had been found in the valley, weltering in his blood.Calderon The Courtier
On the next morning she was found a corpse, weltering in her blood.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete
A thrust, a slashing blow, and the Drilgo was weltering in his life-blood.
But this tide is discerned, as it were, through a dimness of weltering mist.A History of French Literature
- to roll about, writhe, or wallow
- (esp of the sea) to surge, heave, or toss
- to lie drenched in a liquid, esp blood
- a rolling motion, as of the sea
- a confused mass; jumble
Word Origin 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.