1. [syn: overwhelm, overpower, sweep over, whelm, overcome, overtake]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Whelm \Whelm\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whelmed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Whelming.] [OE. whelmen to turn over, akin to OE. whelven,
AS. whelfan, hwylfan, in ?whylfan, ?whelfan, to overwhelm,
cover over; akin to OS. bihwelbian, D. welven to arch, G.
w["o]lben, OHG. welben, Icel. hvelfa to overturn; cf. Gr. ?
bosom, a hollow, a gulf.]
1. To cover with water or other fluid; to cover by immersion
in something that envelops on all sides; to overwhelm; to
She is my prize, or ocean whelm them all! --Shak.
The whelming billow and the faithless oar. --Gay.
2. Fig.: To cover completely, as if with water; to immerse;
to overcome; as, to whelm one in sorrows. "The whelming
weight of crime." --J. H. Newman.
3. To throw (something) over a thing so as to cover it.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli [syn:
overwhelm, overpower, sweep over, whelm,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
73 Moby Thesaurus words for "whelm":
baptize, be prodigal with, blank, bulldoze, bury, cascade,
cataract, clobber, cream, defeat utterly, deluge, dip, douse,
drown, duck, dunk, engulf, float, flood, flood the market, flow on,
immerge, immerse, inundate, knock over, merge, overbear, overbrim,
overcome, overdose, overequip, overflow, overfurnish, overlavish,
overpower, overprovender, overprovide, overprovision, overrun,
oversell, overstock, oversupply, overwhelm, paste, plunge in water,
pour on, pour out, pour over, prostrate, rain, run over, schmear,
shellac, shut out, sink, skunk, slop, slosh, sluice, smear,
snow under, souse, spill, spill out, spill over, steamroller,
submerge, submerse, swamp, sweep, whitewash, whomp, whop