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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Welter \Wel"ter\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Weltered; p. pr. & vb. n. Weltering.] [Freq. of OE. walten to roll over, AS. wealtan; akin to LG. weltern, G. walzen to roll, to waltz, sich w[aum]lzen to welter, OHG. walzan to roll, Icel. velta, Dan. v[ae]lte, Sw. v[aum]ltra, v[aum]lta; cf. Goth. waltjan; probably akin to E. wallow, well, v. i. [root]146. See Well, v. i., and cf. Waltz.] [1913 Webster] 1. To roll, as the body of an animal; to tumble about, especially in anything foul or defiling; to wallow. [1913 Webster] When we welter in pleasures and idleness, then we eat and drink with drunkards. --Latimer. [1913 Webster] These wizards welter in wealth's waves. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] He must not float upon his watery bier Unwept, and welter to the parching wind, Without the meed of some melodious tear. --Milton. [1913 Webster] The priests at the altar . . . weltering in their blood. --Landor. [1913 Webster] 2. To rise and fall, as waves; to tumble over, as billows. "The weltering waves." --Milton. [1913 Webster] Waves that, hardly weltering, die away. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] Through this blindly weltering sea. --Trench. [1913 Webster]