Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To render motionless for lack of wind.
  • transitive verb To make calm or still; soothe.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make calm or still; make quiet; calm.
  • Nautical, to deprive (a ship) of wind; delay by or subject to a calm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To render calm or quiet; to calm; to still; to appease.
  • transitive verb To keep from motion, or stop the progress of, by the stilling of the wind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To make calm or still; make quiet; calm.
  • verb transitive, nautical To deprive (a ship) of wind, so that it cannot move (usually in passive).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make steady

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From be- +‎ calm.

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