Wel·ter v. i. [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. “The weltering waves.”
Waves that, hardly weltering, die away. --Wordsworth.
Through this blindly weltering sea. --Trench.
Wel·ter, v. t. To wither; to wilt. [R.]
Weltered hearts and blighted . . . memories. --I. Taylor.
Wel·ter, a. Horse Racing Of, pertaining to, or designating, the most heavily weighted race in a meeting; as, a welter race; the welter stakes.
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.
n : a confused multitude of things [syn: clutter, jumble, muddle,
mare's nest, smother]
v 1: toss, roll, or rise and fall in an uncontrolled way; "The
shipwrecked survivors weltered in the sea for hours"
2: roll around, "pigs were wallowing in the mud" [syn: wallow]
3: be immersed in; "welter in work"