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  1. simple past tense and past participle of becalm


becalmed (comparative more becalmed, superlative most becalmed)

  1. (nautical, of a sailing ship) Unable to move due to lack of wind.
    • 1638, Thomas Herbert, Some years travels into divers parts of Asia and Afrique:
      [] when we got aſterne we grew becalm'd, land-lockt in a fort, and were ſported all the way []
    • 1881–1882, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, London; Paris: Cassell & Company, published 14 November 1883, OCLC 702939134:
      Although the breeze had now utterly failed, we had made a great deal of way during the night, and were now lying becalmed about half a mile to the southeast of the low eastern coast.