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Meaning of WELTER

Pronunciation:  'weltur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a confused multitude of things
  2. [v]  be immersed in, as of work
  3. [v]  roll around, as of a pig in mud
  4. [v]  toss, roll, or rise and fall in an uncontrolled way; "The shipwrecked survivors weltered in the sea for hours"

WELTER is a 6 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: clutter, jumble, mare's nest, muddle, smother, wallow
 See Also: disorder, disorderliness, move, roll over, rummage



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wel"ter\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Weltered}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Weltering}.] [Freq. of OE. walten to roll over, AS.
    wealtan; akin to LG. weltern, G. walzen to roll, to waltz,
    sich w["a]lzen to welter, OHG. walzan to roll, Icel. velta,
    Dan. v[ae]lte, Sw. v["a]ltra, v["a]lta; cf. Goth. waltjan;
    probably akin to E. wallow, well, v. i. ????. See {Well}, v.
    i., and cf. {Waltz}.]
    1. To roll, as the body of an animal; to tumble about,
       especially in anything foul or defiling; to wallow.
             When we welter in pleasures and idleness, then we
             eat and drink with drunkards.         --Latimer.
             These wizards welter in wealth's waves. --Spenser.
             He must not float upon his watery bier Unwept, and
             welter to the parching wind, Without the meed of
             some melodious tear.                  --Milton.
             The priests at the altar . . . weltering in their
             blood.                                --Landor.
    2. To rise and fall, as waves; to tumble over, as billows.
       ``The weltering waves.'' --Milton.
             Waves that, hardly weltering, die away.
             Through this blindly weltering sea.   --Trench.
  2. \Wel"ter\, v. t. [Cf. {Wilt}, v. i.]
    To wither; to wilt. [R.]
          Weltered hearts and blighted . . . memories. --I.
  3. \Wel"ter\, a. (Horse Racing)
    Of, pertaining to, or designating, the most heavily weighted
    race in a meeting; as, a welter race; the welter stakes.
  4. \Wel"ter\, n.
    1. That in which any person or thing welters, or wallows;
       filth; mire; slough.
             The foul welter of our so-called religious or other
             controversies.                        --Carlyle.
    2. A rising or falling, as of waves; as, the welter of the
       billows; the welter of a tempest.