[ bih-kahm ]
See synonyms for: becalmbecalmed on

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

Words Nearby becalm Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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