Definitions for: Welkin


[n] the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Note: Used adjectively by Shakespeare in the phase, ``Your
welkin eye,'' with uncertain meaning.

Synonyms: celestial sphere, empyrean, firmament, heavens, sphere, vault of heaven

See Also: apex, apex of the sun's way, celestial point, nadir, solar apex, surface, zenith, zodiac

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