be·​calm | \bi-ˈkä(l)m \
becalmed; becalming; becalms

Definition of becalm 

transitive verb

1a : to keep motionless by lack of wind

b : to stop the progress of

2 : to make calm : soothe

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Synonyms & Antonyms for becalm


calm, compose, lull, lullaby, quiet, quieten [chiefly British], salve, settle, soothe, still, tranquilize (also tranquillize)


agitate, discompose, disquiet, disturb, key (up), perturb, upset, vex

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Examples of becalm in a Sentence

becalmed at last, she slept soundly for the first time in weeks

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But with his party becalmed at around just 20% in the polls, Mr Sánchez wants his Socialists, with just 84 of the 350 seats in parliament, to govern alone for an unspecified period. The Economist, "Spain prepares to dump its prime minister," 31 May 2018 In some of Paglen’s works, drones are seen as nothing more than a dark speck against a backdrop of becalming gray or sun-gold clouds, a way of denoting their possibly sinister near invisibility in our world. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "How Drones Are Revolutionizing the Way Film and Television Is Made," 31 May 2018 What is the value of clean, unchemical thinking, and where’s the narrative rush of a life becalmed? Beth Kephart,, "'The Recovering': Leslie Jamison writes a compelling memoir of addiction," 2 Apr. 2018 This becalmed, majestic figure feels like a monument or a memorial, an avatar of female authority whose glamour, while alluring, telegraphs depth rather than surface. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Michelle Obama’s Mount Rushmore Moment," 14 Feb. 2018 At their most basic level, movies are supposed to actually move; this one is as becalmed as its perpetually high heroine. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: Grieving Among the Redwoods in a Pretty but Dull ‘Woodshock’," 19 Sep. 2017 Trading in the region was becalmed, with markets in Hong Kong, Shanghai and South Korea closed for public holidays. Washington Post, "Shares in Asia gain ahead of US jobs report," 4 Oct. 2017 Their fleet, so the story went, was becalmed, and the price that the goddess Artemis demanded for giving them a fair wind was that King Agamemnon, the commander in chief, should perform a human sacrifice — of his own daughter, Iphigenia. Mary Beard, New York Times, "A Pair of Updated Greek Tragedies Startle Us Anew," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of becalm

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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