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Definition of "welter" []

  • A confused mass; a jumble: a welter of papers and magazines. (noun)
  • Confusion; turmoil. (noun)
  • To wallow, roll, or toss about, as in mud or high seas. (verb-intransitive)
  • To lie soaked in a liquid. (verb-intransitive)
  • To roll and surge, as the sea. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "welter" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "They are hardly alone is this sort of scientific conceit; I’ve heard such claims many times over the years, as well as researchers referring to various chemical rate parameters often photolysis rates as being derived from “first principles,” another nigh onto meaningless phrase used to cloak a welter of assumptions and models of reality."
  • "The "welter" of action can't be seen by the normal eye."