Definition of becalm in English:

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becalm

Pronunciation: /bəˈkälm/
Pronunciation: /bəˈkäm/

verb

[with object]
Leave (a sailing vessel) unable to move through lack of wind.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
motionless, still, at a standstill, at a halt, unmoving, stuck

Words that rhyme with becalm

alarm, arm, Bairam, balm, barm, calm, charm, embalm, farm, forearm, Guam, harm, imam, ma'am, malm, Montcalm, Notre-Dame, palm, psalm, qualm, salaam, smarm

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Syllabification: be·calm

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