American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Archaic The vault of heaven; the sky.
- n. Archaic The upper air.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The sky; the vault of heaven; the heavens.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The visible regions of the air; the vault of heaven; the sky.
- n. the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
- From Middle English welkne, wolkne ("clouds, heavens"), from Old English wolcnu ("clouds"), plural of wolcen ("cloud"), from Proto-Germanic *wulkanan, *wulkō, *wulkô (“cloud”), from Proto-Indo-European *welg-, *welk- (“wet, moist”). Cognate with Dutch wolk ("cloud"), Low German Wulke ("cloud"), German Wolke ("cloud"), German welken ("to wither"). More at welk. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English welken, from Old English wolcen, weolcen, cloud. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The welkin is being made to ring with the figures of unemployment insurance registrations.”
“And the orient welkin is smit to flame with auroral crimsoning.”
“Among the less pleasing sounds that fill the welkin are the _tonk_, _tonk_, _tonk_ of the coppersmith, the”
“Rides the bleak puffing winds, that feem to fpit Their foam fparfe thro 'the welkin, which is nothing If not beheld.”
“But that the sea, mounting to th 'welkin's cheek, [369-1]”
“The only improvements I would recommend are a smoking lounge inside security -- Miami International has that -- and a similar soundproof room where parents could take their children who insist on screaming at the exact pitch that sets off car alarms and makes the welkin ring.”
“The intense gaze of his welkin blue eyes suggested an immense self-regard.”
“Just for variety, he poured syrup all over Robin Walker, the son of the former Cabinet minister Peter Walker, by praising his dad to the very welkin.”
“Ah, pay no mind to the welkin blue if you would be thought as "green.”
“Feeling my grip slide on the worn wood, I fairly made the welkin ring, striving and failing to haul myself up, getting my numbed right forearm on to the surface, but powerless to gain another inch, my whole right side throbbing with pain ... and Willem was striding towards me, sabre in hand, grinning with unholy delight as he came to a halt above me.”
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