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  • adjective nautical (of a sailing ship) unable to move due to lack of wind
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of becalm.

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

  • adjective rendered motionless for lack of wind


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  • Just as I wasn't really the "solitary sailor, becalmed on the tractless seas of time," but, was, instead, a girl with a need to write a poem for a contest.

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  • He's becalmed in Fife now, a long way from the rattle of polyhedral dice and the clink of pint glasses that defined our shared youth.

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  • Such a mission, he believed, would not only advance the cause of science but enhance American prestige, polish the Navy's image and "gratify the whole Christian world" not to mention impel his own becalmed career.

    Old Salt, Dead Sea

  • So while Morgan's stock doesn't deserve to trade at its current "going out of business" discount of about 40% to tangible book value, it runs the risk of being becalmed at a lowly valuation even when there is a chance for smoother sailing.

    On SS Morgan, It's Half-Steam Ahead

  • That threat has injected new volatility into a market that had been becalmed for more than a year, raising new risks for producers, consumers and the economy as a whole.

    U.S. Crude Oil Touches $100 a Barrel

  • His unbeaten 46, scored in typically uncomplicated fashion, took the pressure off the becalmed Di Venuto in what could prove to have been a vital partnership of 74 for the seventh wicket.

    Durham 272-2, Nottinghamshire | County Championship day one match report

  • We could bring inflation back to target more quickly but only by deflating the domestic economy at a time when consumer confidence is weak, the housing market is becalmed, taxes have just gone up and the public spending restraint you announced last year is about to suck demand out of the economy.

    King to Osborne: be patient, trust us, and keep fingers crossed

  • But while others were finding themselves becalmed on Saturday, he was among the small number, including Angel Cabrera, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel and Bo Van Pelt, who came out of the undergrowth to snatch places near the top of the leaderboard.

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  • Clerks in dusty stores moved with the majestic inertia of tall ships becalmed.

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  • They could see the Aorai lying becalmed a mile away and pitching and tossing madly in the tremendous seas that rolled in stately procession down out of the northeast and flung themselves furiously upon the coral shore.



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