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Meaning of WHELM

Pronunciation:  welm

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

WHELM is a 5 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over
 See Also: arouse, benight, clutch, devastate, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, get hold of, kill, kindle, knock out, lock, provoke, raise, seize, stagger



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Whelm\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whelmed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Whelming}.] [OE. whelmen to turn over, akin to OE. whelven,
AS. whelfan, hwylfan, in ?whylfan, ?whelfan, to overwhelm,
cover over; akin to OS. bihwelbian, D. welven to arch, G.
w["o]lben, OHG. welben, Icel. hvelfa to overturn; cf. Gr. ?
bosom, a hollow, a gulf.]
1. To cover with water or other fluid; to cover by immersion
   in something that envelops on all sides; to overwhelm; to

         She is my prize, or ocean whelm them all! --Shak.

         The whelming billow and the faithless oar. --Gay.

2. Fig.: To cover completely, as if with water; to immerse;
   to overcome; as, to whelm one in sorrows. ``The whelming
   weight of crime.'' --J. H. Newman.

3. To throw (something) over a thing so as to cover it.
   [Obs.] --Mortimer.