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Webster 1913 Edition


Becalm

Be-calm′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Becalmed
([GREEK]);
p. pr. & vb. n.
Becalming
.]
1.
To render calm or quiet; to calm; to still; to appease.
Soft whispering airs . . .
becalm
the mind.
Philips.
2.
To keep from motion, or stop the progress of, by the stilling of the wind;
as, the fleet was
becalmed
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Becalm

BECALM

,
Verb.
T.
becam. [be calm. See Calm.]
1.
To still; to make quiet; to appease; to stop, or repress motion in a body; used of the elements and of the passions; as, to becalm the ocean, or the mind. But calm is generally used.
2.
To intercept the current of wind, so as to prevent motion; to keep from motion for want of wind; as, highlands becalm a ship.

Definition 2022


becalm

becalm

English

Verb

becalm (third-person singular simple present becalms, present participle becalming, simple past and past participle becalmed)

  1. (transitive) To make calm or still; make quiet; calm.
  2. (transitive, nautical) To deprive (a ship) of wind, so that it cannot move (usually in passive).
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 214:
      In the following two days, they made fast progress, strong easterly winds driving them down the Channel to where it opened out into the Atlantic; there, they were briefly becalmed.

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