- to make quiet or still; calm
- to make (a sailing vessel) motionless from lack of wind: usually in passive voice
transitive verbbe·calmed, be·calm·ing, be·calms
- To render motionless for lack of wind: “Across the harbor, a small sailing skiff, becalmed near some reeds, caught the breeze again” ( Horace Freeland Judson )
- To make calm or still; soothe.
(third-person singular simple present becalms, present participle becalming, simple past and past participle becalmed)
From be- + calm.