- 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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Examples from the Web for 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 and History for weltering
"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.