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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Related Words for becalm

compose, relax, placate, steady, quiet, soothe, settle, lull, pacify, allay, still

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Word Origin and History for becalm
v.

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

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