• WordNet 3.6
    • v whelm overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Whelm Fig.: To cover completely, as if with water; to immerse; to overcome; as, to whelm one in sorrows. "The whelming weight of crime."
    • Whelm 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."
    • Whelm To throw (something) over a thing so as to cover it.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • whelm To throw over so as to cover.
    • whelm To engulf; submerge; cover by immersion in something that envelops on all sides; overwhelm.
    • whelm Hence, to crush, ruin, or destroy by some sudden overpowering disaster.
    • whelm To pass or roll over so as to cover or submerge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Whelm hwelm to cover completely: to plunge deep: to overburden: to ruin, destroy
    • v.i Whelm to pass over in such a way as to submerge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. wölben, OHG. welben, Icel. hvelfa, to overturn; cf. Gr. bosom, a hollow, a gulf


In literature:

For the desire to see her before he died, to look into her eyes, to touch her hand once, only once, assailed his mind and all but whelmed his will.
"Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
A rush of tender thoughts whelmed the musician's soul.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
Once it had come not infrequently, then blackness and hardness had whelmed it and it came no more.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
His moment had come, he thought swiftly, as one thinks when facing a sudden, whelming event.
"Skyrider" by B. M. Bower
Why whelm they that light under a bushel which ought to stand on a candlestick?
"The Apology of the Church of England" by John Jewel
Sanding: The continuance of the metaphor in "higher waves" are "whelming.
"The Vision of Sir Launfal" by James Russell Lowell
I tried to rise, but whelming shadows pushed me down; and through the dark shifted phantom faces.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
I sink beneath the whelming billows.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Fear not, though the waters whelm you; fear not, though ye see no land!
"Daily Thoughts selected from the writings of Charles Kingsley by his wife" by Charles Kingsley
She thought of him when the rains fell, and prayed that he might not fall ill of fever or be whelmed by a stream.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

The waves of a mighty sorrow
Have whelmed the pearl of my life:
And there cometh to me no morrow
Shall solace this desolate strife
"Desolate" by Gerald Massey
'Twas thou that from the whelming wave
My sinking soul redeem'd;
'Twas thou that o'er destruction's storm
A calming radiance beam'd.
"Paraphrase: Psalm CIII, 3, 4." by James Grahame
When my heart is 'whelmed in grief,
Thou shalt be my citadel;
There I'll hasten for relief—
There I'll seek Thee, there I'll dwell.
"Hymn: Hear my cry, O God! attend" by John Bowring
Quoth the hero dying, whelmed in glory
“Many blame me, few have understood;
Ah, my folk, to you I leave a story,—­
Make its meaning good.”
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
But the sinner shall utterly fail and die—
Whelmed in the waves of a troubled sea;
And God from his throne of light on high
Shall say, there is no peace for thee.
"On The Loss Of A Pious Friend" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
OFT have I seen a blush o'erspread the face
Of some old sinner, when he first said Grace,
Though he long since shou'd have been whelm'd with shame,
Because he ne'er before had said the same.
"A Rebuke, For Neglecting To Beg A Blessing On, And To Return Thanks For, Our Food" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Om is for over- whelm .