- 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)
Words nearby whelp
Origin of whelp
OTHER WORDS FROM whelpwhelp·less, adjectiveun·whelped, adjective
Examples from the Web for whelped
Out, you diminutive pint-pot, whelped of an overgrown reckoning!Kenilworth|Sir Walter Scott
Curs was unfortunate; the evil three were whelped of a mighty strain.Once Aboard The Lugger|Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
He never could do anything like a man since the day he was whelped.The Romance of the Coast|James Runciman
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
There was no sign that adult female No. 11 whelped or attempted to locate or construct a den.An Experimental Translocation of the Eastern Timber Wolf|Thomas F. Weise