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Whelm   Listen
verb
Whelm  v. t.  (past & past part. whelmed; pres. part. 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!" "The whelming billow and the faithless oar."
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.)






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"Whelm" Quotes from Famous Books



... that death shall put the final seal of irretrievable ruin on all this uncompleted effort? Can it be that the grave shall whelm all this unuttered love in endless silence? Ah, what a wild waste of precious treasure, what a mad destruction of fair designs, what an utter failure, life would be if death ...
— What Peace Means • Henry van Dyke

... voice a-thrill with the clear, vital ring I knew so well, "O Martin, the wonder and glory of it! See yonder on these mighty waters, Death rides crying to us. But God is there also, and if these rushing surges 'whelm us we, dying, shall find God there." And beholding her as she sat, her face uplifted to the tempest, her sea-wet hair upborne upon the wind, I marvelled within myself. "And the boat, Martin!" cries she as we rose on a hissing wave-crest, "This ...
— Black Bartlemy's Treasure • Jeffrey Farnol

... every early scene, Of what we are, and what we've been, Would whelm some softer hearts with woe— But mine, alas! has stood the blow; Yet still beats on as it begun, And ...
— Abbotsford and Newstead Abbey • Washington Irving

... or less than the extension to the national Territories of the peculiar institution. The final recognition of this ugly fact on the part of the free States, raised a popular flood in them big enough to whelm the Whig party and to float a great political organization, devoted to uncompromising opposition to the farther extension of slavery. The sectionalism of slavery was at last met by the sectionalism of ...
— William Lloyd Garrison - The Abolitionist • Archibald H. Grimke

... Enoch spoke no word to anyone, But homeward—home—what home? had he a home? His home, he walk'd. Bright was that afternoon, Sunny but chill; till drawn thro' either chasm, Where either haven open'd on the deeps, Roll'd a sea-haze and whelm'd the world in gray; Cut off the length of highway on before, And left but narrow breadth to left and right Of wither'd holt or tilth or pasturage. On the nigh-naked tree the Robin piped Disconsolate, and thro' ...
— Enoch Arden, &c. • Alfred Tennyson

... horror-smitten, and in tears, Recalls the deadly obloquy he forged To work his brother's ruin. Thou dost make Thy penitent victim utter to the air The dark conspiracy that strikes at life, And aims to whelm the laws; ere yet the hour Is come, and the dread ...
— Poems • William Cullen Bryant

... allow, As a strong man may bow His sportive neck to meet a child's command, And curb the conscious power That in one awful hour Could whelm your halls and temples ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864 • Various

... of simple bard, On life's rough ocean luckless starred! Unskillful he to note the card Of prudent lore, Till billows rage, and gales blow hard, And whelm him o'er! ...
— The Home Book of Verse, Vol. 3 (of 4) • Various

... called:—"In squadrons the thoughtless galleons fly That bear the wheat and cattle lest street-bred people die. They make my might their porter, they make my house their path, Till I loose my neck from their rudder and whelm them all ...
— Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II • Rudyard Kipling

... half-circle watch'd the sun; And a sweet sadness dwelt on every one; I knew not why,—but know that sadness dwells On Mermaids—whether that they ring the knells Of seamen whelm'd in chasms of the mid-main, As poets sing; or that it is a pain To know the dusk depths of the ponderous sea, The miles profound of solid green, and be With loath'd cold fishes, far from man—or what;— I know the sadness but the cause know not. Then they, thus ranged, gan make full plaintively ...
— Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins - Now First Published • Gerard Manley Hopkins

... for a vengeance on the bridgebuilders, and Kali is with her. Now she bids Hanuman whelm the bridge, that her honour may be made great," cried the Parrot. "I waited here, knowing that thou wouldst come, ...
— The Day's Work, Volume 1 • Rudyard Kipling

... among the boats and nets; We saw the swift clouds fall, We watched the schooners scamper in Before the sudden squall;— The jolly squall strove lustily To whelm the sheltered street— The merry squall that piled the seas About the patient headland's knees ...
— Dreams and Dust • Don Marquis

... the clouds of sorrow roll, And trials whelm the mind,— When, faint with grief, thy wearied soul No joys on earth can find,— Then lift thy voice to God on high, Dry up the trembling tear, And hush the low complaining sigh: Fear not; thy God ...
— Hymns for Christian Devotion - Especially Adapted to the Universalist Denomination • J.G. Adams

... once, in righteous vengeance, Whelm'd the world beneath the flood, Once again in mercy cleansed it With the stream of His own Blood, Coming from His throne on high On the painful cross ...
— The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book • Various

... was tranquil, favouring were the gales, And heaven as when no cloud its azure veils. A rich and goodly merchandise is hers; But soon the tempest wakes, And wind and wave to such mad fury stirs, That, driven on the rocks, in twain she breaks; My heart with pity aches, That a short hour should whelm, a small space hide, Riches for which the world ...
— The Sonnets, Triumphs, and Other Poems of Petrarch • Petrarch

... assaulted by a violent tempest; and one of his pious companions advised him to deserve the mercy of God by a vow of general forgiveness, if he should be restored to the throne. "Of forgiveness?" replied the intrepid tyrant: "may I perish this instant—may the Almighty whelm me in the waves—if I consent to spare a single head of my enemies!" He survived this impious menace, sailed into the mouth of the Danube, trusted his person in the royal village of the Bulgarians, and purchased the aid of ...
— The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - Volume 4 • Edward Gibbon

... In whirls profound: Now whelm'd; now pendant near the clouds; Now stunn'd, it reels 'Midst thunder's peals: And now fierce lightning ...
— The Poetical Works of Edward Young, Volume 2 • Edward Young



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