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[wel-ter] /ˈwɛl tər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to roll, toss, or heave, as waves or the sea.
2.
to roll, writhe, or tumble about; wallow, as animals (often followed by about):
pigs weltering about happily in the mud.
3.
to lie bathed in or be drenched in something, especially blood.
4.
to become deeply or extensively involved, associated, entangled, etc.:
to welter in setbacks, confusion, and despair.
noun
5.
a confused mass; a jumble or muddle:
a welter of anxious faces.
6.
a state of commotion, turmoil, or upheaval:
the welter that followed the surprise attack.
7.
a rolling, tossing, or tumbling about, as or as if by the sea, waves, or wind:
They found the shore through the mighty welter.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English, frequentative (see -er6) of welten to roll, Old English weltan; cognate with Middle Dutch welteren, Low German weltern to roll
Synonyms
6. confusion, tumult.
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British Dictionary definitions for weltered

welter

/ˈwɛltə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to roll about, writhe, or wallow
2.
(esp of the sea) to surge, heave, or toss
3.
to lie drenched in a liquid, esp blood
noun
4.
a rolling motion, as of the sea
5.
a confused mass; jumble
Word Origin
C13: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch weltern; related to Old High German walzan, welzen to roll
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Word Origin and History for weltered

welter

v.

"to roll or twist," c.1300, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German welteren "to roll," from Proto-Germanic *waltijanan (cf. Old English wieltan, Old Norse velta, Old High German walzan "to turn, revolve," German wälzen "to roll," Gothic waltjan "to roll"), from PIE root *wel- "to turn, revolve" (see volvox). The noun meaning "confused mass" is first recorded 1851.

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