Welter

Definition of Welter

Wel´ter
v. i.1.
[imp. & p. p. Weltered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Weltering.]
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.
Waves that, hardly weltering, die away.
- Wordsworth.
Through this blindly weltering sea.
- Trench.
v. t.1.To wither; to wilt.
Weltered hearts and blighted . . . memories.
- I. Taylor.
a.1.(Horse Racing) Of, pertaining to, or designating, the most heavily weighted race in a meeting; as, a welter race; the welter stakes.
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.

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