from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. 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).
- transitive v. To make calm or still; soothe.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make calm or still; make quiet; calm.
- v. To deprive (a ship) of wind, so that it cannot move (usually in passive).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To render calm or quiet; to calm; to still; to appease.
- transitive v. To keep from motion, or stop the progress of, by the stilling of the wind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make calm or still; make quiet; calm.
- Nautical, to deprive (a ship) of wind; delay by or subject to a calm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make steady
From be- + calm. (Wiktionary)