WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
be•calm  (bi käm),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsto deprive (a sailing vessel) of the wind necessary to move it;
    subject to a calm:The schooner was becalmed in the horse latitudes for two weeks.
  2. [Archaic.]to calm;
    pacify.
  • be- + calm 1550–60

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