whelm /ˈhwɛlm, ˈwɛlm/
Whelm v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whelmed p. pr. & vb. n. Whelming.]
1. 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! --Shak.
The whelming billow and the faithless oar. --Gay.
2. Fig.: To cover completely, as if with water; to immerse; to overcome; as, to whelm one in sorrows. “The whelming weight of crime.”
3. To throw (something) over a thing so as to cover it. [Obs.]
v : overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli [syn: overwhelm,
overpower, sweep over, overcome, overtake]