Main definitions of welter in English

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welter1

verb

[NO OBJECT]literary
  • 1Move in a turbulent fashion.

    ‘the streams foam and welter’
    • ‘As in Four Nudes, women welter together in the heat and the unslaked thirst of their sterile frenzy.’
    • ‘A lift of the rod sunk the hook, and brown/green water weltered.’
    • ‘It was Milton, I told him, but unfortunately those bold words were spoken by Satan, as he is weltering about in Hell and has, in fact, lost everything.’
    • ‘The New York Sun's art critic wrote that Kent… knocks you off your pins with these broad, realistic, powerful representations of weltering seas, men laboring in boats, rude rocky headland and snowbound landscapes…’
  • 2Lie soaked in blood.

    • ‘By Part Three, The Chaos, having spent so long looking like a frightened rabbit, he begins to appear stronger by virtue of his despair, overwhelmed with pity for the idiots around him, weltering in this bloody and meaningless civil war.’
    • ‘In that welter the rights of the small man and the potential of the Erris region can be lost so easily.’

noun

  • 1A large number of items in no order; a confused mass.

    ‘there's such a welter of conflicting rules’
    • ‘The weakest part of the book is the first section, which attempts to explain diabetes scientifically and ends up as a welter of confusing details.’
    • ‘We have a welter of Grammy-related posts leading up to the biggest night of the year for the music industry.’
    • ‘But his police career ended in a welter of accusations that in order to obtain results, he hadn't just bent the rules, he'd twisted them out of shape.’
    • ‘And so they propose to apply chaos theory to that welter of information in order to find those patterns.’
    • ‘Here we see, not a confusing welter of compromises and half-measures, but a clear and logical relationship in which each pole is balanced and complemented by the other.’
    • ‘Yet, despite all of that, it is strange that in the welter of accusations levelled at them no member came on radio or television to make their case.’
    • ‘By organizing the book topically, Beaufort gives useful shape to the welter of details, in the aid of a larger argument.’
    • ‘The black market benefitted directly from this conflict, and from the welter of regulations designed to channel all economic activity into war production.’
    • ‘In the midst of the tumult of charges against him, a welter of conflicting poll numbers are being bandied about.’
    • ‘Another aspect of relief operations is the welter of frenzied calls by the media to evoke sympathy and monetary and other contributions.’
    • ‘Historians point to the U.S. in the 1930s, when Congress created most of the modern regulatory agencies to bring order to a welter of state rules.’
    • ‘Ultimately, the issue is larger than the welter of provisions some say would criminalize youth.’
    • ‘The company says that investors have ample protection thanks to a welter of federal and state rules governing brokers.’
    • ‘You may be confused about what way to vote today, given the welter of claim and counterclaim over the last month.’
    • ‘But just might add that there has been a welter of confusing and contradictory information coming out of various parts of the leadership.’
    confusion, jumble, tangle, clutter, mess, hotchpotch, mishmash, flurry, rush, mass
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    1. 1.1 A state of general disorder.
      ‘the attack petered out in a welter of bloody, confused fighting’
      • ‘The pivotal moments that will eventually adorn tomorrow's history books are often hidden in the welter of noise generated by the media.’
      • ‘The largest country in Africa had emerged within the space of fifty years from a welter of bloodshed and anarchy to lie at peace with its neighbours and itself.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘writhe, wallow’): from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German welteren.

Pronunciation

welter

/ˈwɛltə/

Main definitions of welter in English

: welter1welter2

welter2

noun

  • mass noun ‘also selected was Willie Egan at welter’
    short for welterweight
    count noun ‘although welter John Green fights only once, his brother Andy, a lightweight, faces two fights’
    • ‘Hatton will be defending both his welter titles.’
    • ‘He started slowly against Sullivan, who holds New Zealand national titles at both welter and light-middleweight.’
    • ‘He speaks of taking on all the top junior welters, and he has also toyed with the idea of going up seven pounds to take on welterweight champion Cory Spinks.’
    • ‘If you win, will you move up to 154 pounds or continue defending your welter titles?’
    • ‘We also have Andy Morris, another undefeated featherweight and Gary Young, a light welter from Scotland who is really doing very well and is undefeated in ten fights.’
    • ‘Outside the pro ranks, there are compelling cases to be made for Oleg Saitov, the Russian welter, or Mario Kindelan, the Cuban lightweight.’
    • ‘I'd wager if you did this, you list the super welters on down as being far superior then those above, at least in terms of providing the fans the best experience.’
    • ‘McGirt, 38, who held world titles in the junior welter and welterweight divisions, was an infinitely clever boxer with a truly impressive work ethic.’
    • ‘American junior welters such as DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley are starting to call him out.’

Pronunciation

welter

/ˈwɛltə/