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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 becalmed

Historical Examples

  • But the Richlings were becalmed in theirs, and, not knowing it, were satisfied.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • They had kept their course too far from shore, and were becalmed in consequence.

  • They were becalmed and were twenty-five days making the voyage.

  • For several months Crosson waited about, becalmed in the doldrums.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • It was necessary to build them high, in order that the sails might not be becalmed by the houses.

    Rollo in Holland

    Jacob Abbott


British Dictionary definitions for becalmed

becalmed

adjective
  1. (of a sailing boat or ship) motionless through lack of wind
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Word Origin and History for becalmed

becalm

v.

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

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