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verb
Whelm  v. t.  (past & past part. whelmed; pres. part. whelming)  
1.
To cover with water or other fluid; to cover by immersion in something that envelops on all sides; to overwhelm; to ingulf. "She is my prize, or ocean whelm them all!" "The whelming billow and the faithless oar."
2.
Fig.: To cover completely, as if with water; to immerse; to overcome; as, to whelm one in sorrows. "The whelming weight of crime."
3.
To throw (something) over a thing so as to cover it. (Obs.)






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... In marble fonts; there grain, and flower, and fruit, Gush from the earth until the land runs o'er; But there, too, many a poison-tree has root, And midnight listens to the lion's roar, And long, long deserts scorch the camel's foot, Or heaving whelm the helpless caravan; And as the soil is, ...
— Don Juan • Lord Byron

... in a half-circle watch'd the sun; And a sweet sadness dwelt on every one; I knew not why,—but know that sadness dwells On Mermaids—whether that they ring the knells Of seamen whelm'd in chasms of the mid-main, As poets sing; or that it is a pain To know the dusk depths of the ponderous sea, The miles profound of solid green, and be With loath'd cold fishes, far from man—or what;— I know the sadness but the cause know not. Then they, thus ranged, gan ...
— Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins - Now First Published • Gerard Manley Hopkins

... the innocent man who bears his crime; The slanderer, horror-smitten, and in tears, Recalls the deadly obloquy he forged To work his brother's ruin. Thou dost make Thy penitent victim utter to the air The dark conspiracy that strikes at life, And aims to whelm the laws; ere yet the hour Is come, and the dread sign ...
— Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant - Household Edition • William Cullen Bryant

... Though to the lake these rocks should bow their heads, Though yonder pinnacles, yon towers of ice, That, since creation's dawn, have known no thaw, Should, from their lofty summits, melt away,— Though yonder mountains, yon primeval cliffs, Should topple down, and a new deluge whelm Beneath its waves all ...
— Wilhelm Tell - Title: William Tell • Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

... pious companions advised him to deserve the mercy of God by a vow of general forgiveness, if he should be restored to the throne. "Of forgiveness?" replied the intrepid tyrant: "may I perish this instant—may the Almighty whelm me in the waves—if I consent to spare a single head of my enemies!" He survived this impious menace, sailed into the mouth of the Danube, trusted his person in the royal village of the Bulgarians, and purchased the aid of Terbelis, a pagan conqueror, ...
— The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - Volume 4 • Edward Gibbon

... Enoch spoke no word to anyone, But homeward—home—what home? had he a home? His home, he walk'd. Bright was that afternoon, Sunny but chill; till drawn thro' either chasm, Where either haven open'd on the deeps, Roll'd a sea-haze and whelm'd the world in gray; Cut off the length of highway on before, And left but narrow breadth to left and right Of wither'd holt or tilth or pasturage. On the nigh-naked tree the Robin piped Disconsolate, and thro' ...
— Enoch Arden, &c. • Alfred Tennyson

... oh Ilion, turn'd on thee! Then, frantic, to the midnight air, I cursed aloud the adulterous pair:— "They plunge me deep in exile's woe; They lay my country low: Their love—no love! but some dark spell, In vengeance breath'd, by spirit fell. Rise, hoary sea, in awful tide, And whelm that vessel's guilty pride; Nor e'er, in high Mycene's hall, Let Helen boast in ...
— Specimens of the Table Talk of S.T.Coleridge • Coleridge

... blow, and tone on tone, And echoes answering everywhere— Like bugles from the mountains blown— Each sought to whelm the burdened air, And make the ...
— The Mistress of the Manse • J. G. Holland

... thy father careth for— That men should live hearted throughout with thee— Because the simple, only life thou art, Of the very truth of living, the pure heart. For this, deep waters whelm the fruitful lea, Wars ravage, famine wastes, plague withers, nor Shall cease till men have chosen ...
— A Book of Strife in the Form of The Diary of an Old Soul • George MacDonald

... profit and heart's peace? But in his heart the fool now saith: 'The thoughts of Heaven were past all finding out, Indeed, if it should rain Intolerable woes upon our Land again, After so long a drought!' 'Will a kind Providence our vessel whelm, With such a pious Pilot at the helm?' 'Or let the throats be cut of pretty sheep That care for nought but pasture rich and deep?' 'Were 't Evangelical of God to deal so foul a blow At people who hate Turks and Papists so?' 'What, make or keep ...
— The Unknown Eros • Coventry Patmore

... simple bard, On life's rough ocean luckless starred! Unskillful he to note the card Of prudent lore, Till billows rage, and gales blow hard, And whelm him o'er! ...
— The Home Book of Verse, Vol. 3 (of 4) • Various

... Wind called:—"In squadrons the thoughtless galleons fly That bear the wheat and cattle lest street-bred people die. They make my might their porter, they make my house their path, Till I loose my neck from their rudder and whelm ...
— Departmental Ditties and Barrack Room Ballads • Rudyard Kipling

... and where Kings would have plunged into their red revenge Or set their throne up on this temporal shore, As flatterers bade that wiser king Canute, Thence to command the advancing tides of battle Till one ensanguined sea whelm throne and king And kingdom, friend, I take my woman's way, Smile in mine enemies' faces with a heart All hell, and undermine them hour by hour! This island scarce can fend herself from France, And now Spain holds the keys ...
— Collected Poems - Volume One (of 2) • Alfred Noyes

... fate of simple Bard, On Life's rough ocean luckless starred! Unskilful he to note the card Of prudent lore, Till billows rage, and gales blow hard And whelm him o'er! ...
— Flowers and Flower-Gardens • David Lester Richardson

... sweet benevolence. Oh, 'tis a goodly group of attributes, And well befits some statesman's righteous rule! Out, out upon such bloody doings! The term of being is not worth the sin; No human bosom can endure its dart. Then put this cruel purpose from thee far, Nor let the blood of Essex whelm thy soul. ...
— The Earl of Essex • Henry Jones

... let Europe aspire; Whelm nations in blood, and wrap cities in fire; Thy heroes the rights of mankind shall defend, And triumph ...
— Thirteen Chapters of American History - represented by the Edward Moran series of Thirteen - Historical Marine Paintings • Theodore Sutro

... enough that in this burdened time The soul sees all its purposes aright. The rest—what does it matter? Soon the night Will come to whelm us, then ...
— The Judgment House • Gilbert Parker

... thy mightier offerings here are mine, Ruins of years—though few, yet full of fate:— If thou hast ever seen me too elate, Hear me not; but if calmly I have borne Good, and reserved my pride against the hate Which shall not whelm me, let me not have worn This iron in my soul in ...
— The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2 • George Gordon Byron

... his hand may be? For ever the dark wind whitens and blackens the hollows and heights of the sea, And galley by galley, divided and desolate, founders; and none takes heed, Nor foe nor friend, if they perish; forlorn, cast off in their uttermost need, They sink in the whelm of the waters, as pebbles by children from shoreward hurled, In the North Sea's waters that end not, nor know they a bourn but the bourn of the world. Past many a secure unavailable harbour, and many a loud stream's mouth, Past Humber and Tees and Tyne and Tweed, they fly, ...
— Poems and Ballads (Third Series) - Taken from The Collected Poetical Works of Algernon Charles - Swinburne—Vol. III • Algernon Charles Swinburne

... three grains of musk and ambergriese, set it over the fire, and stir it continually till be seathing hot, but let it not boil; then put it in an old fashioned drinking glass, and let it stand till it be cold, when you will use it, put the glass in some warm water, and whelm it in a dish, then take pistaches boil'd in white-wine and sugar, stick it all over, and ...
— The accomplisht cook - or, The art & mystery of cookery • Robert May

... still repine (After th' Eclipse our Sun doth brighter shine), Recant your false grief, and your true joys know; Your blisse is endlesse, as you fear'd your woe! What fort'nate flood is this! what storm of wit! Oh, who would live, and not ore-whelm'd in it? No more a fatal Deluge shall be hurl'd: This inundation hath sav'd the world. Once more the mighty Fletcher doth arise, Roab'd in a vest studded with stars and eyes Of all his former glories; his last worth Imbroiderd with what yet light ere brought forth. See! in this ...
— Lucasta • Richard Lovelace

... stores; he lulls the wind Then shakes them down continual, covering thick Mountain tops, promontories, flowery meads, And cultured valleys rich, and ports and shores Along the margined deep; but there the wave Their further progress stays; while all besides Lies whelm'd beneath Jove's fast-descending shower; So thick, from side to side, by Trojans hurled Against the Greeks, and by the Greeks returned, ...
— Museum of Antiquity - A Description of Ancient Life • L. W. Yaggy

... son, gently! Be not so daring! Lest ruin seize thee Past all repairing, And our own darling Whelm us in woe! ...
— The German Classics of The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, • Editor-in-Chief: Kuno Francke

... champagne, Dress-suit, and party-collar, We would honor o'er viands plain Grateful our "grand old scholar"! When all quiet are wind and wave, Seldom we see this pilot brave;— When storm-surges our ship might whelm, He takes the helm! ...
— Poems and Songs • Bjornstjerne Bjornson

... night to work you harm. When to the baths sometime you've brought her, No more ado, with your own arm Whelm her and ...
— Classic French Course in English • William Cleaver Wilkinson

... returned, and thought How possibly the thing might be untrue: That some one (so he hoped, desired, and sought To think) his lady would with shame pursue; Or with such weight of jealousy had wrought To whelm his reason, as should him undo; And that he, whosoe'er the thing had planned, Had counterfeited passing ...
— Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 2 • Charles Dudley Warner

... the clouds of sorrow roll, And trials whelm the mind,— When, faint with grief, thy wearied soul No joys on earth can find,— Then lift thy voice to God on high, Dry up the trembling tear, And hush the low complaining sigh: Fear not; ...
— Hymns for Christian Devotion - Especially Adapted to the Universalist Denomination • J.G. Adams

... of war to slumber at thy side, And rise from thy dear breast when trumpets call A woeful world to misery and arms. I fear in civil war to feel no loss To Magnus. Meantime safer than a king Lie hid, nor let the fortune of thy lord Whelm thee with all its weight. If unkind heaven Our armies rout, still let my choicest part Survive in thee; if fated is my flight, Still leave me that whereto I ...
— Pharsalia; Dramatic Episodes of the Civil Wars • Lucan

... storm? Their gunners will be told to shoot the froth as it forms and rises! But if there is a wise man anywhere he will make terms with me, and will set himself to guide the underlying forces that may otherwise whelm everything. I think thou art wise, my heaven-born. Thou wert wise once on ...
— Caves of Terror • Talbot Mundy

... them, though the foeman stood Like sand-grains on our shore, And raise our angry battle-flood, And whelm the despots o'er. ...
— The Yankee Tea-party - Or, Boston in 1773 • Henry C. Watson

... the soul of a gray Gothavn 'speckshioner— (He that led the flinching in the fleets of fair Dundee): "Ho, the ringer and right whale, And the fish we struck for sale, Will Ye whelm them all for wantonness that ...
— The Seven Seas • Rudyard Kipling

... a white and turbid wake; pale waters, paler cheeks, where'er I sail. The envious billows sidelong swell to whelm my track; let them; ...
— Moby Dick; or The Whale • Herman Melville

... bay Build and blow up, as best ye may, And do your worst to scare away Some visionary foe,— But, if in brute and blundering power You tear down Rodolph's granite tower, Defeat and scorn and shame that hour Shall whelm you like an arrowy ...
— My Life as an Author • Martin Farquhar Tupper

... once, in righteous vengeance, Whelm'd the world beneath the flood, Once again in mercy cleansed it With the stream of His own Blood, Coming from His throne on high On the painful ...
— The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book • Various



Words linked to "Whelm" :   knock out, overtake, overwhelm, arouse, raise, enkindle, benight, clutch, get hold of, kindle, elicit, fire, lock, devastate, provoke, kill, overcome



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