Definition of becalm in English:


Line breaks: be¦calm
Pronunciation: /bɪˈkɑːm


[with object]
  • Leave (a sailing ship) unable to move through lack of wind: both boats hung on before the whole fleet was becalmed south of Rampholme
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    • 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.
    stranded, stuck, marooned, motionless, at a halt, still, at a standstill, unmoving

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