- any of a series of longitudinal projections or ridges on the barrel of a capstan, windlass, etc.
- any of the teeth of a sprocket wheel.
verb (used with or without object)
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Origin of whelp
OTHER WORDS FROM whelpwhelpless, adjectiveun·whelped, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH whelpwhelp, welp
Example sentences from the Web for whelp
The large, wolf-like form, the bushy tail—why there could be no duplicate of this ever whelped at a Zulu kraal, that was certain.A Frontier Mystery|Bertram Mitford
He was whelped and raised in the mountains on one of the sugar-estates, and is known to be of the best pedigree.Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes|Sylvia Sunshine
Out, you diminutive pint-pot, whelped of an overgrown reckoning!Kenilworth|Sir Walter Scott
The cayuse isn't foaled yet here on Quien Sabe that can throw me, nor the dog whelped that would dare show his teeth at me.The Octopus|Frank Norris
Curs was unfortunate; the evil three were whelped of a mighty strain.Once Aboard The Lugger|Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson