1 [chahrm]
a power of pleasing or attracting, as through personality or beauty: charm of manner; the charm of a mountain lake.
a trait or feature imparting this power.
a trinket to be worn on a bracelet, necklace, etc.
something worn or carried on one's person for its supposed magical effect; amulet.
any action supposed to have magical power.
the chanting or recitation of a magic verse or formula.
a verse or formula credited with magical power.
Physics. a quantum number assigned the value +1 for one kind of quark, −1 for its antiquark, and 0 for all other quarks. Symbol: C Compare charmed quark.
verb (used with object)
to delight or please greatly by beauty, attractiveness, etc.; enchant: She charmed us with her grace.
to act upon (someone or something) with or as with a compelling or magical force: to charm a bird from a tree.
to endow with or protect by supernatural powers.
to gain or influence through personal charm: He charmed a raise out of his boss.
verb (used without object)
to be fascinating or pleasing.
to use charms.
to act as a charm.

1250–1300; Middle English charme < Old French < Latin carminem, accusative of carmen song, magical formula < *canmen (by dissimilation), equivalent to can(ere) to sing + -men noun suffix

charmedly [chahr-mid-lee] , adverb
charmer, noun
charmless, adjective
charmlessly, adverb

1. attractiveness, allurement. 4. bauble. 5. talisman. 6. enchantment, spell. 8. spell. 10. fascinate, captivate, entrance, enrapture, ravish; allure, bewitch. Unabridged


2 [chahrm] ,
noun British Dialect.
blended singing of birds, children, etc.

before 1000; Middle English cherm(e), Old English cerm, ceorm, variant of ci(e)rm outcry Unabridged
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charm1 (tʃɑːm)
1.  the quality of pleasing, fascinating, or attracting people
2.  a pleasing or attractive feature
3.  a small object worn or kept for supposed magical powers of protection; amulet; talisman
4.  a trinket worn on a bracelet
5.  a magic spell; enchantment
6.  a formula or action used in casting such a spell
7.  physics an internal quantum number of certain elementary particles, used to explain some scattering experiments
8.  like a charm perfectly; successfully
9.  to attract or fascinate; delight greatly
10.  to cast a magic spell on
11.  to protect, influence, or heal, supposedly by magic
12.  (tr) to influence or obtain by personal charm: he charmed them into believing him
[C13: from Old French charme, from Latin carmen song, incantation, from canere to sing]

charm2 (tʃɑːm)
dialect (Southwest English) a loud noise, as of a number of people chattering or of birds singing
[C16: variant of chirm]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. charme "incantation," from L. carmen "song, verse, enchantment," from canere "to sing" (see chant), with dissimilation of -n- to -r- before -m-. The notion is of chanting or reciting verses of magical power. Sense of "pleasing quality" first recorded 1598.
Meaning "small trinket fastened to a watch-chain, etc." first recorded 1865.
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charm   (chärm)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. One of the flavors of quarks, contributing to the charm number—a quantum number—for hadrons.

  2. A charmed particle is a particle that contains at least one charmed quark or charmed antiquark. The charmed quark was hypothesized to account for the longevity of the J/psi particle and to explain differences in the behavior of leptons and hadrons. See more at flavor.

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CHARM definition

An explicitly parallel programming language based on C, for both shared and nonshared MIMD computers.
Mailing list: .
["The CHARM(3.2) Programming Language Manual", UIUC, Dec 1992].
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Coupled Hydrosphere—Atmosphere Research Model
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with charm, also see (charm the) pants off; work like a charm.

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a practice or expression believed to have magic power, similar to an incantation or a spell. Charms are among the earliest examples of written literature. Among the charms written in Old English are those against a dwarf and against the theft of cattle. The word is from the Old French charme and the Latin carmen, "ritual utterance," "incantation," or "song."

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Example sentences
Given its charm and allure, the polar bear's possible demise has struck a chord with people over the world.
For college presidents, personal charm is a double-edged sword that must be
  wielded deftly.
Its charm may have been buried under new concrete, but it is ready for business.
Sociopaths are unlikely to cause physical harm, preferring to manipulate and
  charm to get what they want.
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