balm

Definitions

  • Entrance to the Grotto of La Balme
    Entrance to the Grotto of La Balme
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n balm semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
    • n balm any of various aromatic resinous substances used for healing and soothing
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Balm of Gilead. Balsam Balm of Gilead. Balsam
Hairy Balm of Gilead. Balsam Hairy Balm of Gilead. Balsam

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Balm (Bot) An aromatic plant of the genus Melissa.
    • Balm Any fragrant ointment.
    • Balm Anything that heals or that mitigates pain. "Balm for each ill."
    • Balm The resinous and aromatic exudation of certain trees or shrubs.
    • v. t Balm To anoint with balm, or with anything medicinal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n balm An oily, aromatic, resinous substance, exuding spontaneously from trees of the genus Balsamodendron; hence, by extension, any aromatic or odoriferous exudation from trees or shrubs, whether spontaneous or after incision; balsam.
    • n balm An aromatic preparation used in embalming the dead. See embalm.
    • n balm Any aromatic or fragrant ointment, whether for ceremonial or for medicinal use, as for healing wounds or soothing pain. (For the ecclesiastical use, see balsam.)
    • n balm Aromatic fragrance; sweet odor.
    • n balm Anything which heals, soothes, or mitigates pain.
    • n balm A tree that yields balm; especially, a tree of the genus Balsamodendron.
    • n balm One of several aromatic plants of the natural order Labiatæ, particularly plants of the genus Melissa. The garden- or lemon-balm, bee-balm, or balm-mint is M. officinalis. Plants of other genera so named are the bastard balm, Melittis melissophyllum; the bee-balm of American gardens, Monarda didyma; the horse-balm, Collinsonia Canadensis; the field-balm, Nepeta Cataria; the Molucca balm, Moluccella læris; and the sweet balm, sometimes called balm of Gilead, Dracocephalum Canariense.
    • n balm A fragrant resin from South America. See carauna.
    • n balm In North America, the balsam-poplar, Populus balsamifera, the buds of which are coated in spring with an odorous balsam; also occasionally the balsam-fir, Abies balsamea, which yields the Canada balsam.
    • n balm The sweet balm, Dracocephalum Canariense (see above).
    • balm To embalm.
    • balm To anoint as with balm or with anything fragrant or medicinal.
    • balm To soothe; mitigate; assuage; heal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Balm bäm an aromatic substance: a fragrant and healing ointment: aromatic fragrance: anything that heals or soothes pain: a tree yielding balm: name of some fragrant garden herbs
    • v.t Balm (arch.) to embalm: :
    • Balm the resin of the tree Balsamodendron Gileadense, formerly esteemed as an antiseptic, the name originating in the belief that this is the substance mentioned in the Bible as found in Gilead, and called in the English translation 'balm.'
    • v.t Balm (Shak.) to anoint with fragrant oil
    • v.t Balm (arch.) to soothe
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Quotations

  • Robert Gilfillan
    Robert Gilfillan
    “There's a hope for every woe, and a balm for every pain, but the first joys of our heart come never back again!”
  • Leigh Hunt
    Leigh%20Hunt
    “Night's deepest gloom is but a calm; that soothes the weary mind: The labored days restoring balm; the comfort of mankind.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. baume, OF. bausme, basme, F. baume, L. balsamum, balsam, from Gr. ba`lsamon; perhaps of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. bāsām,. Cf. Balsam

Usage

In literature:

Every breath he drew was balm; every moment healing.
"In the Footprints of the Padres" by Charles Warren Stoddard
It was a strange procession, and in that tragic gloom the boy's light-hearted words were balm to me.
"Vanguards of the Plains" by Margaret McCarter
But for once the draught had neither fragrance nor balm for him.
"The Waters of Edera" by Louise de la Ramée, a.k.a. Ouida
Balm-of-Gilead buds bottled up in N.E.
"The American Frugal Housewife" by Lydia M. Child
Moreover McLean's unconscious absorption was balm and blessing.
"The Fortieth Door" by Mary Hastings Bradley
At first Granny chased him away; then when she seen that he was awful sick, she got sorry and told him how to make Lung Balm.
"Two Little Savages" by Ernest Thompson Seton
June will give the bellflower, mullein, bee balm and foxglove.
"The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming." by Ellen Eddy Shaw
Spices are mentioned, along with balm and other productions of Canaan, in the present destined by Jacob for Joseph.
"Robert Kerr's General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 18" by William Stevenson
Much later, the Jew Abraham de Balmes (1523) translated Averroes directly from Arabic into Latin.
"Chapters on Jewish Literature" by Israel Abrahams
Of course she complied with such a modest request so gracefully expressed; these things are balm to poets' souls.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 2 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
It had no balm for these sufferings.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
Hope the balm of life sooths us under every misfortune.
"English Grammar in Familiar Lectures" by Samuel Kirkham
Such utterances, mingled with blessings on Italy, brought balm to patriotic souls.
"The Liberation of Italy" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
But Kitty poured balm into his wounds.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
If you want balm for wounds, He has that.
"New Tabernacle Sermons" by Thomas De Witt Talmage
She came across a border of balm, and left not a leaf of it unplucked.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
A new bit of finery is the best of balms for wounded self-esteem, is it not, Blanche?
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
What a balm it has poured into bleeding and disconsolate hearts.
"The Christian Home" by Samuel Philips
The music that could calm All else brought him no balm.
"The Consolation of Philosophy" by Boethius
If she felt the sting of her poverty so, then perhaps the thought of his eight thousand a year would act as balm to her wounded feelings.
"The Imaginary Marriage" by Henry St. John Cooper
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In poetry:

The violet (heart-like),
The sweeter for grief.
Sigh'd forth its balm
In its own relief;
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
Brother, sunk in sorrow,
Find thy balm within,
To-day a comfort win
Before the heavenly Morrow.
"The Sense Of Right" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Where the bright life-tree sheds
Around its precious balms,
So, while I linger here
Read me rejoicing psalms.
"Rev. Henry Albertson Post," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
Sin, like a venomous disease,
Infects our vital blood;
The only balm is sovereign grace,
And the physician, God.
"Hymn 153" by Isaac Watts
And it is like the moonlight,
So holy and so calm;
The rapt peace of a summer night,
When soft winds die in balm.
"The Light Of Love" by John Hay
Oft at pale midnight's holy calm,
Beside imagined streams,
I recognize the soothing balm,
The face I see in dreams.
"The Face I See In Dreams" by James Avis Bartley

In news:

Barron said he wants the documentary to be a balm for Catholics who are going through a dark time and a draw for lapsed Catholics who have drifted away from the church.
Kevyn Aucoin the Sensual Skin Tinted Balm ($48): This foundation-and-moisturizer mix has a soft, mousselike texture that instantly melts into skin.
Courtesy of NBC Universal Anchors Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford showed their all-natural sides on NBC's Today show Thursday, May 13, appearing makeup-free, except for a little lip balm.
But when you make everything from bacon salt to bacon-flavored lip balms, what's left.
Blistex on Thursday announced the launch of Moisture Melt and Simple and Sensitive lip balms.
For the first time you won't need to carry a lip color and lip balm.
Cross-border romance: a balm to Europe's national tensions.
Regardless of what kind of lip balm you use, however, you've probably heard of so-called "lip-balm dependency".
Regardless of what kind of lip balm you use, however, you've probably heard of so-called "lip-balm dependency ".
Skin balm and lip balm.
The Eos sphere lip balm.
As of this morning, the organic lip balm that has been causing spats in our office—"I want Summer Fruit.".
The local quintet's full-length debut, Plains, Fog, Cold and Snow, makes for a welcome balm before the crush of another sure-to-be-cruel Minnesota winter.
Recently, I was waiting for a train, and I opened the side pocket of my bag to grab a lip balm (specifically: Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm—awesome).
A friend sitting next to me flipped when he saw how many other lip balms and lipsticks were also in there.
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In science:

The value of AV ,Balm measured in this way was then compared with the interstellar extinction in our Galaxy toward the ob ject AV ,gal (Schlegel et al. 1998).
Masses and Accretion Rates of Supermassive Black Holes in Active Galactic Nuclei from the INTEGRAL Survey
If AV ,Balm turned out to exceed AV ,gal by more than 1σ (the error of our measurement), then we used AV = AV ,Balm for the subsequent calculations, i.e., we assumed the broad-line emission to be absorbed not only in the interstellar medium of our Galaxy but also in the ob ject itself (in the galaxy or its nucleus).
Masses and Accretion Rates of Supermassive Black Holes in Active Galactic Nuclei from the INTEGRAL Survey
Note. F (Hα , Hβ ) are the extinction-uncorrected line fluxes; AV ,Balm is the extinction from the Balmer-line ratio; AV ,gal is the extinction in the Galaxy (Schlegel et al. 1998).
Masses and Accretion Rates of Supermassive Black Holes in Active Galactic Nuclei from the INTEGRAL Survey
FWHM (Hα , Hβ ) are the full widths at half maximum of the lines; L(Hα , Hβ ) are the extinction-corrected line luminosities (we used the boldfaced value of AV ,gal или AV ,Balm ); MBH is the SMBH mass.
Masses and Accretion Rates of Supermassive Black Holes in Active Galactic Nuclei from the INTEGRAL Survey
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