• WordNet 3.6
    • v becalm make steady "steady yourself"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Becalm To keep from motion, or stop the progress of, by the stilling of the wind; as, the fleet was becalmed .
    • Becalm To render calm or quiet; to calm; to still; to appease. "Soft whispering airs . . . becalm the mind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • becalm To make calm or still; make quiet; calm.
    • becalm Nautical, to deprive (a ship) of wind; delay by or subject to a calm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Becalm be-käm′ to make calm, still, or quiet
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pfx. be-, and Calm.


In literature:

On the 12th they were becalmed.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
To the southward lay the van ships under De Bougainville becalmed, with no enemy in range of them.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
If too long becalmed, and water gave out, the unhappy creatures had to be thrown overboard to save human lives.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
The two vessels still lie becalmed, in the same relative position to one another, having changed from it scarce a cable's length.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
The foresail was a large one, and it almost becalmed the jib.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
To revenge this act the goddess becalmed the Greek fleet on its way to Aulis.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students" by Clara Erskine Clement
So here lie I now at anchor, becalmed on the high seas.
"Joyce Morrell's Harvest" by Emily Sarah Holt
And there, on the bosom of the endless sea, we saw a ship becalmed.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
Towards noon, a sailor from aloft pointed out to our observation a vessel at a distance, also, of course, becalmed.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
Thus one sail becalms another.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The Caesar, at the distance of about a mile and a half, was perfectly becalmed.
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez, Vol. I" by Sir John Ross
You are becalmed in the midst of floating ice.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
I am making a sail according to your lordship's plan, to becalm the hull of the ship, but want sailcloth for completing it.
"The Life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald, Vol. II" by Thomas Lord Cochrane
The ship became becalmed, and the sailors betook themselves to fishing.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
For three days all went well, but on the fourth the ship was becalmed and the sails flapped lazily against the masts.
"Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends" by Gertrude Landa
She was becalmed on a sheet of molten brass.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
On the day after leaving Porto Praya the 'Sunbeam' lay becalmed under the lee of St. Antonio.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
The advent of 1901 found the suffrage cause in Oregon almost becalmed upon a sea of indifference.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Ten miles southwest from the bluff she lies becalmed.
"The Pirate Woman" by Aylward Edward Dingle
The sloop was one day becalmed off Block Island.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott

In poetry:

Who'll sing the psalms?
"We," said the Palms.
"Ere the hot wind becalms,
"We'll sing the psalms."
"The New Knighthood" by Rudyard Kipling
But now 'tis o'er, the dear delusion's o'er!
A stagnant breezeless air becalms my soul;
A fond aspiring candidate no more,
I scorn the palm before I reach the goal.
"Elegy XI. He Complains How Soon the Pleasing Novelty of Life Is Over" by William Shenstone
They left Madagascar away on their right,
And made Clapham Common the following night,
Then lay on their oars for a fortnight or two,
Becalmed in the ocean of Honololu.
"Brave Alum Bey" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Yet will the breathless moments when you smiled,
Looking upon me, haunt me. It is not well
Remembering, when winter floods are wild,
Becalmed lilies and the summer's spell.
"A Farewell" by Mary Webb
I stood there to hear it, and swift as I heard
My soul like a ship was awakened and stirred,
Like a vessel becalmed when she quivers to feel
The kiss of the Trade from her truck to her keel.
"The Old Shellback" by Cicely Fox Smith
Lie still, sleep becalmed, sufferer with the wound
In the throat, burning and turning. All night afloat
On the silent sea we have heard the sound
That came from the wound wrapped in the salt sheet.
"Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

No 712 was begun in the heat of the mid-80's and has opened in a market that is becalmed.
He is out to create a film that has a similar becalmed magic, the subtleties of rhythm that pull you slowly but deftly into Jobim's music and Truffaut's films.
In his glass-sheathed board room overlooking a velvety green golf course here, Vanus Taepaisitphongse seems becalmed in the eye of the storm.
Becalmed (I should have known) - new album The Vermilion Border.
John, who knew that his faculties of review were inferior to no one's in the land, was nonetheless becalmed in a sea of mediocre status.