mild and refreshing; soft; soothing:
having the qualities of balm; aromatic; fragrant:
balmy plants; a balmy shrub.
Informal. crazy; foolish; eccentric.
In this tranquil town, almost voluptuous in its richness of colour and balminess of atmosphere, you lose yourself in laziness.
Brittany Mortimer Menpes and Dorothy Menpes
The day was lovely and the air had almost the balminess of spring.
Through Scandinavia to Moscow William Seymour Edwards
The day was now rapidly waning, bringing on a balminess of evening such as is found in few places other than Naples.
Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service H. Irving Hancock
And I remember that she brought in with her some of the sunlight and balminess of the spring day.
The Story of a Child Pierre Loti
It was of no use, sleep forsook his eyes, although he was so tired that he longed for its balminess.
Ralph Denham’s Adventures in Burma George Norway
The air that morning had softened to a balminess like spring.
The Hidden Places Bertrand W. Sinclair
The pride some had felt over the balminess of previous winters was forgotten.
Historic Towns of the Western States Various
The balminess of the still September night made them reluctant to go indoors.
Marjorie Dean, College Senior Pauline Lester
In the sunny clime of North Carolina May comes with all the balminess and soft zephyrs of a more northern summer.
Daniel Boone John S. C. Abbott
adjective balmier, balmiest
(of weather) mild and pleasant
having the qualities of balm; fragrant or soothing
a variant spelling of barmy
c.1500, “delicately fragrant,” from balm + -y (2). Figurative use for “soothing” dates from c.1600; of breezes, air, etc. “mild, fragrant” (combining both earlier senses) it is first attested 1704. Meaning “weak-minded, idiotic,” 1851, is from London slang.
(in the Nibelungenlied) a sword seized from the Nibelungs by Siegfried. Historical Examples He should have the good sword Balmung as reward, they cried. Stories of Siegfried Mary MacGregor He thrust Balmung, his wonderful sword, deep into the monster’s body. Our Little German Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade If his war-coat can withstand the stroke of […]
of or relating to baths or bathing. adjective (rare) of or relating to baths or bathing adj. “pertaining to baths,” from Latin balneum “bath,” from Greek balaneion, of unknown origin.
the science dealing with the therapeutic effects of baths and bathing. Historical Examples balneology, bal-ne-ol′o-ji, n. the scientific study of bathing and of mineral springs. Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various noun the branch of medical science concerned with the therapeutic value of baths, esp those taken with natural mineral waters
the treatment of diseases, injuries, and other physical ailments with baths and bathing, especially in natural mineral waters. Historical Examples These villas are fitted up with everything necessary for clinotherapy and balneotherapy, with fine recreation-rooms. South America To-day Georges Clemenceau noun the treatment of disease by bathing, esp to improve limb mobility in arthritic and […]