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.

1550–60; be- + calm Unabridged
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becalmed (bɪˈkɑːmd)
(of a sailing boat or ship) motionless through lack of wind

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Word Origin & History

1550s, from be- + calm (q.v.).
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Example sentences
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.
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