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- (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:
- 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.