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becalm

[bih-kahm]
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verb (used with object)
  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.

Origin of becalm

First recorded in 1550–60; be- + calm
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Examples from the Web for becalm

Historical Examples

  • Becalm, and henceforth think that the peril is mine, not yours.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • One sail is also said to becalm another when the wind is aft.

  • I am making a sail according to your lordship's plan, to becalm the hull of the ship, but want sailcloth for completing it.

  • An imprisoned man who asks for an Italian book to becalm his fever may be safely presumed to know that language.

    Fray Luis de Len

    James Fitzmaurice-Kelly

  • Ships are generally obliged to be towed into the harbor, in consequence of the high points which tower high, and becalm them.

    Torrey's Narrative

    William Torrey


Word Origin and History for becalm

v.

1550s, from be- + calm. Related: Becalmed; becalming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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