becalm
transitive verb Date: 1582 1. a. to keep motionless by lack of wind b. to stop the progress of 2. to make calm ; soothe

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  • Becalm — Be*calm , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Becalmed} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Becalming}.] 1. To render calm or quiet; to calm; to still; to appease. [1913 Webster] Soft whispering airs . . . becalm the mind. Philips. [1913 Webster] 2. To keep from motion, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • becalm — index pacify, soothe Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • becalm — (v.) 1550s, from BE (Cf. be ) + CALM (Cf. calm). Related: Becalmed; becalming …   Etymology dictionary

  • becalm — ► VERB (be becalmed) ▪ (of a sailing ship) be unable to move through lack of wind …   English terms dictionary

  • becalm — [bē käm′, bikäm′] vt. 1. to make quiet or still; calm 2. to make (a sailing vessel) motionless from lack of wind: usually in passive voice …   English World dictionary

  • becalm — /bi kahm /, v.t. 1. to deprive (a sailing vessel) of the wind necessary to move it; subject to a calm: The schooner was becalmed in the horse latitudes for two weeks. 2. Archaic. to calm; pacify. [1550 60; BE + CALM] * * * …   Universalium

  • becalm — verb To cut off the wind from a ship either by the proximity of land or by another vessel. A ship that is motionless due to the absence of wind is becalmed …   Wiktionary

  • becalm — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. soothe, calm, pacify; see quiet 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To make or become calm: allay, balm, calm (down), lull, quiet, settle, still, tranquilize. See CALM …   English dictionary for students

  • becalm — be·calm || bɪ kɑːm v. calm, soothe; keep wind from sails …   English contemporary dictionary

  • becalm — verb leave (a sailing ship) unable to move through lack of wind …   English new terms dictionary

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