There no longer is anywhere to hide from the swelter and welter of the American id.
Then follows hot weather, perhaps up in the eighties, and Californians grumble, swelter and rustle for summer clothes.
The beat of the sun from above and the swelter of dust from below were overpowering.
But throughout the long hours of the afternoon rest I could only lie and swelter and eat up my heart with longing and anxiety.
The city, hot as an oven, seemed to swelter in the stifling night.
He hadn't much missed her in the swelter of the new passion, but after ten days passed he began to worry.
"But in hot weather like this it must make you swelter," continued Elmer.
The men and women of Molokai do not freeze through a bitter-cold winter, nor do they swelter in a raging summer's heat.
How far away now seems the welter and swelter of the city, the hectic sophistication of the streets.
But in that glare and swelter of traffic, a trained human eye could not have recognized any particular car.
c.1400, frequentative of swelten "be faint (especially with heat)," late 14c., from Old English sweltan "to die," from Proto-Germanic *swel- (cf. Old Saxon sweltan "to die," Old Norse svelta "to put to death, starve," Gothic sviltan "to die"), originally "to burn slowly," hence "to be overcome with heat or fever;" also the source of Old English swelan "to burn," from PIE root *swel- (2) "to shine, beam" (see Selene). For specialization of words meaning "to die," cf. starve. Related: Sweltered; sweltering.