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    Cool whelmed in haste

    I find difficult to understand "whelmed" in the following context, in which is being taken place a medieval combat:

    "Shouts and crashes rang faintly up the stairs from below, and the sounds of frantically running feet suddenly smote the ears of the three knights, as the House Guard whelmed in haste."

    Has it something to do with "burst into"?

    Maybe rather with being overwhelmed because of the situation?

    Thank You for the assistance

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    Re: whelmed in haste

    As far as I know, "whelmed" in your cite has the same meaning as "overwhelm", as you rightly guessed. Here's the link to the webpage where I found it (entry 2 for "whelm")




    "Whelm." Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2009.
    Merriam-Webster Online. 25 November 2009
    <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Whelm>

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    Cool Re: whelmed in haste

    In Old English, I've found that "whelm" (it seems the word have had an evolution through time) meant "cover", that's to say "protecting oneself", or even "hiding" not good proposals, for instance.

    So, taking that into account, wouldn't it be possible to understand "...as the House Guard whelmed in haste" as "while the Guard of the House searched for protection in haste?


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    Re: whelmed in haste

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    In Old English, I've found that "whelm" (it seems the word have had an evolution through time) meant "cover", that's to say "protecting oneself", or even "hiding" not good proposals, for instance.

    So, taking that into account, wouldn't it be possible to understand "...as the House Guard whelmed in haste" as "while the Guard of the House searched for protection in haste?


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    Yes, it could mean that, the context might make it clearer.

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    Re: whelmed in haste

    It could mean engaged.

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    #6

    Re: whelmed in haste

    Yes, it could.

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    Cool Re: whelmed in haste

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, it could mean that, the context might make it clearer.

    Thank You. There is no way to have more clue because it is the sole reference to the Guard in all the combat which seems taking place only between mages and knights, you know, this kind of stuff.

    Do you think so it makes sense with "cover" meaning "protecting themselves"?

    Thank You

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    Cool Re: whelmed in haste

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    It could mean engaged.

    I'm lost. Engage meaning...?

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    Re: whelmed in haste

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    I'm lost. Engage meaning...?
    Please look here: engage - Definition of engage verb (BEGIN FIGHTING) from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus

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