Definition of becalm in English:
Leave (a sailing vessel) unable to move through lack of wind.
- To make the point, he recounted the tale of a group of English merchants who, when their ship was becalmed at the mouth of the Thames decided to go ashore in search of a good breakfast.
- When his ship was becalmed for three days, his men grew alarmed, thinking that they had reached a shore and were in imminent danger of running aground.
- On the way home between Sardinia and Corsica the boat is becalmed and Newman writes a poem.
Definition of becalm in:
- British & World English dictionary
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