Definition of whelm :
1. Fig.: To cover completely, as if with water; to immerse; to overcome; as, to whelm one in sorrows.
2. To cover with water or other fluid; to cover by immersion in something that envelops on all sides; to overwhelm; to ingulf.
3. To throw ( something) over a thing so as to cover it.
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- How soon each tempest hovering fly, That now fermenting loads the sky, Prompt on our heads to burst amain, To rend the forest from the steep, And thundering o'er the Baltic deep, To whelm the merchant's hopes of gain! - "Poetical Works of Akenside", Mark Akenside.
- She was the poor sacrifice of events and fate- the Iphigenia to the Winds which were to bear the bark of Rome to the haven, or, it might be, to whelm it in the abyss. - "Rienzi", Edward Bulwer Lytton.
- There those hold them mute, though at speaking distance- Mute, while clicking flints, and the crash of volleys Whelm the weighted gloom with immense distraction Pending their fire. - "The Dynasts An Epic-Drama Of The War With Napoleon, In Three Parts, Nineteen Acts, And One Hundred And Thirty Scenes", Thomas Hardy.