be·​calm | \ bi-ˈkä(l)m How to pronounce becalm (audio) \
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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Examples of becalm in a Sentence

becalmed at last, she slept soundly for the first time in weeks
Recent Examples on the Web In the summer, that data started to surprise much more positively — but stocks were becalmed during that period. John Authers | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2019 Within an hour of pushing off, though, we were becalmed and drifted straight toward Faith Hill’s house. Porter Fox, New York Times, 18 Dec. 2019 But if the world’s major central banks are moving in lockstep and bond yields are becalmed at low levels, there’s less opportunity to make money. Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2019 Eighteenth-century sailors referred to this part of the Atlantic as the horse latitudes because, the story goes, ships would get becalmed there and have to dump their horses overboard as freshwater supplies dwindled. David Doubilet, National Geographic, 12 June 2019 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, 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, 31 May 2018 What is the value of clean, unchemical thinking, and where’s the narrative rush of a life becalmed? Beth Kephart,, 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, 14 Feb. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of becalm

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Becalm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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