welkin


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wel·kin

 (wĕl′kĭn)
n. Archaic
1. The vault of heaven; the sky.
2. The upper air.

[Middle English welken, from Old English wolcen, weolcen, cloud.]

welkin

(ˈwɛlkɪn)
n
(Astronomy) archaic the sky, heavens, or upper air
[Old English wolcen, welcen; related to Old Frisian wolken, Old Saxon, Old High German wolcan]

wel•kin

(ˈwɛl kɪn)

n. Chiefly Literary.
the sky; the vault of heaven.
[before 900; Middle English welken(e), Old English welcn, variant of wolcen cloud, sky]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.welkin - the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projectedwelkin - the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
apex of the sun's way, solar apex, apex - the point on the celestial sphere toward which the sun and solar system appear to be moving relative to the fixed stars
celestial point - a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere)
nadir - the point below the observer that is directly opposite the zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
surface - the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object; "they skimmed over the surface of the water"; "a brush small enough to clean every dental surface"; "the sun has no distinct surface"
zenith - the point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
zodiac - a belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic; divided into 12 constellations or signs for astrological purposes

welkin

noun
Archaic. The celestial regions as seen from the earth:
air, firmament, heaven (often used in plural), sky.
References in classic literature ?
As when to warn proud Cities warr appears Wag'd in the troubl'd Skie, and Armies rush To Battel in the Clouds, before each Van Pric forth the Aerie Knights, and couch thir spears Till thickest Legions close; with feats of Arms From either end of Heav'n the welkin burns.
Don Quixote, then, having, as has been said, planted himself in the middle of the road, made the welkin ring with words to this effect: "Ho ye travellers and wayfarers, knights, squires, folk on foot or on horseback, who pass this way or shall pass in the course of the next two days
The welkin rang with their shouts and yelps, after the manner of the savages; and with boisterous jokes and light-hearted laughter.
They cheered each other on to draw the ships into the sea; they cleared the channels in front of them; they began taking away the stays from underneath them, and the welkin rang with their glad cries, so eager were they to return.
While the chiefs thus revelled in hall, and made the rafters resound with bursts of loyalty and old Scottish songs, chanted in voices cracked and sharpened by the northern blast, their merriment was echoed and prolonged by a mongrel legion of retainers, Canadian voyageurs, half-breeds, Indian hunters, and vagabond hangers-on who feasted sumptuously without on the crumbs that fell from their table, and made the welkin ring with old French ditties, mingled with Indian yelps and yellings.
The airships chi6fly engaged his attention, and he knew at once it was three of these he had seen on the previous night, taking advantage of the cloud welkin to manoeuvre unobserved.
He went under the welkin, until he saw most clearly the wine hall, the treasure house of men, variegated with vessels.
I fancy this sort of disfigurement embittered the poor chap a little; for while Smythe was ready to show off his monkey tricks anywhere, James Welkin (that was the squinting man's name) never did anything except soak in our bar parlour, and go for great walks by himself in the flat, grey country all round.
Smythe's first letter was simply to say that he had started out walking with Welkin to London; but Welkin was such a good walker that the little man dropped out of it, and took a rest by the roadside.
I heard James Welkin laugh as plainly as I hear you speak," said the girl, steadily.
Just then, I heard Welkin say, `He shan't have you, though.
He danced, howled, raved and otherwise disturbed the welkin.