Becalm /bəˈkälm/ adj.

Definition:  Becalm is an adjective used in the English language. The word originated in the late 15th century as a nautical term to refer to the condition of the ocean or ships. In nautical language, becalm means to remain motionless in the waters because there is no wind.

Becalm, in this sense, is used as a negative term to represent the impediment of the progress of ships at sea. More recently, in the English language, they use the word in a more positive sense to denote soothing or calming behavior.

Etymology: The first recorded use of the word becalm was in the late 15th century. They used the term to identify a ship that has been interrupted at sea. Specifically, the original term meant to “deprive a ship of wind.” We still use the term today to denote the status of ships or vessels that are stalled at sea.

In a Sentence

The new mother was glad she could finally becalm the newborn so they could both get some rest.

Lack of wind caused the sailing vessel to become becalmed in the Gulf.

The storm was threatening to ruin the cruise in a becalming fashion.


Tranquilize, Settle


Agitate, Disturb