(Welk), v. t.
1. To cause to wither; to wilt. [Obs.]
Mot thy welked neck be to-broke [broken].Chaucer.
2. To contract; to shorten. [Obs.]
Now sad winter welked hath the day.Spenser.
3. To soak; also, to beat severely. [Prov. Eng.]
(Welk), n. A pustule. See 2d Whelk.
(Welk), n. (Zoöl.) A whelk. [R.]
(Welked) v. t. See Whelked.
(Wel"kin) n. [OE. welken, welkene, welkne, wolcne, weolcne, AS. wolcen, pl. wolcnu, a
cloud; akin to D. wolk, OFries. wolken, OS. wolkan, G. wolke, OHG. wolchan, and probably to G.
welk withered, OHG. welc moist, Russ. & OSlav. vlaga moisture, Lith. vilgyti to moisten.] The visible
regions of the air; the vault of heaven; the sky.
On the welkne shoon the sterres lyght.Chaucer.
The fair welkin foully overcast.Spenser.
When storms the welkin rend.Wordsworth.
Used adjectively by Shakespeare in the phase, "Your welkin eye," with uncertain meaning.
(Well) n. [OE. welle, AS. wella, wylla, from weallan to well up, surge, boil; akin to D. wel a spring
or fountain. . See Well, v. i.]
1. An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain.
Begin, then, sisters of the sacred well.Milton.
2. A pit or hole sunk into the earth to such a depth as to reach a supply of water, generally of a cylindrical
form, and often walled with stone or bricks to prevent the earth from caving in.
The woman said unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep.John iv. 11.
3. A shaft made in the earth to obtain oil or brine.
4. Fig.: A source of supply; fountain; wellspring. "This well of mercy." Chaucer.
Dan Chaucer, well of English undefiled.Spenser.
A well of serious thought and pure.Keble.
5. (Naut.) (a) An inclosure in the middle of a vessel's hold, around the pumps, from the bottom to the
lower deck, to preserve the pumps from damage and facilitate their inspection. (b) A compartment in
the middle of the hold of a fishing vessel, made tight at the sides, but having holes perforated in the
bottom to let in water for the preservation of fish alive while they are transported to market. (c) A vertical
passage in the stern into which an auxiliary screw propeller may be drawn up out of water. (d) A depressed
space in the after part of the deck; often called the cockpit.