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[bih-kahm] /bɪˈkɑm/
verb (used with object)
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.
Archaic. to calm; pacify.
Origin of becalm
1550-60; be- + calm Unabridged
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Examples from the web for becalmed
  • Much the same is true of climate-change legislation, currently becalmed pending health-care reform.
  • Government legislation to improve corporate governance in the wake of the scandal is currently becalmed in parliament.
  • Its businesses, small and large, are becalmed by the recession.
  • Sailors once referred to this region as the doldrums because their sailing ships were becalmed by the lack of winds.
  • Before morning the wind again died away completely, leaving us becalmed abreast of the lower end of the island.
  • Then it was as if another and she were in a boat with drooping sail, becalmed, drifting slowly.
British Dictionary definitions for becalmed


(of a sailing boat or ship) motionless through lack of wind
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Word Origin and History for becalmed



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

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