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becalm

[bih-kahm] /bɪˈkɑm/
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
1550-1560
1550-60; be- + calm
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becalmed

/bɪˈkɑːmd/
adjective
1.
(of a sailing boat or ship) motionless through lack of wind
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becalm

v.

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

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