Pronunciation: (wel'tur),[key] —v.i. 1. to roll, toss, or heave, as waves or the sea.
2. to roll, writhe, or tumble about; wallow, as animals (often fol. by about): pigs weltering about happily in the mud. 3. to lie bathed in or be drenched in something, esp. blood.
4. to become deeply or extensively involved, associated, entangled, etc.: to welter in setbacks, confusion, and despair.
—n. 1. a confused mass; a jumble or muddle: a welter of anxious faces. 2. a state of commotion, turmoil, or upheaval: the welter that followed the surprise attack. 3. a rolling, tossing, or tumbling about, as or as if by the sea, waves, or wind: They found the shore through the mighty welter.
Pronunciation: (wel'tur),[key] —n. Informal.a welterweight boxer or wrestler.
—adj. (of a steeplechase or hurdle race) pertaining to, or noting a race in which the horses bear welterweights.