from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A confused mass; a jumble: a welter of papers and magazines.
- n. Confusion; turmoil.
- intransitive v. To wallow, roll, or toss about, as in mud or high seas.
- intransitive v. To lie soaked in a liquid.
- intransitive v. To roll and surge, as the sea.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. general confusion; disorderly mixture; aimless effort; as, a welter of papers and magazines
- v. to roll; to wallow
- v. to be soaked or steeped in; as, to welter in one’s own blood
- adj. Of horsemen, heavyweight; as, a welter race.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To roll, as the body of an animal; to tumble about, especially in anything foul or defiling; to wallow.
- intransitive v. To rise and fall, as waves; to tumble over, as billows.
- transitive v. To wither; to wilt.
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or designating, the most heavily weighted race in a meeting.
- n. That in which any person or thing welters, or wallows; filth; mire; slough.
- n. A rising or falling, as of waves.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In glove-manuf., one who puts the welting in the seams and sews them up.
- To roll or toss; tumble about; flow or act waveringly, confusedly, or tumultuously: used chiefly of waves, or of things comparable to them.
- To roll about, as in some fluid or unstable medium; be tossed or tumbled; hence, to wallow or grovel (in something).
- To be exposed to or affected by some weltering or floating substance or medium: said of objects at rest.
- To roll; cause to turn or revolve.
- To subject to or affect by weltering; accomplish by or as if by wallowing.
- n. Rolling or wallowing motion; a tossing or tumbling about; hence, turmoil; ferment; hurly-burly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a confused multitude of things
- v. toss, roll, or rise and fall in an uncontrolled way
- v. roll around,
- v. be immersed in
It was not a crushing weight, such as an operation, or seeing one's best friend off to live in Tasmania; nor was it anything so light as a committee meeting, or a deaf uncle to tea: it was a kind of welter-weight doom.
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The "welter" of action can't be seen by the normal eye.
Hatton is 44-0 at jr. welter which is his natural weight. i think the presence of boring, miserable Michael Moorer could be a detriment to PacMan.
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The boat was behaving splendidly, leaping and lurching through the welter like a race - horse.
The welter of emotions arising out of the dictates of Iranian faith, justice, honour, pride and fear here is alarming and compelling.
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