to 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.
Archaic. to calm; pacify.
One day, when we had got becalmed, the whole ship’s company (almost) went in bathing, and a thrilling incident was the result.
Barney Blake, The Boy Privateer Herrick Johnstone
Should they be becalmed under the cliffs, they might find it impossible to stem it.
The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader W.H.G. Kingston
becalmed, the privateer and the frigate anchored a quarter of a mile apart.
The Old Merchant Marine Ralph D. Paine
Gomera, but were becalmed and had made only thirty miles by the night of the 8th.
The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2) John Fiske.
Oftentimes we were becalmed, and there were frequent struggles with head winds and opposing currents.
The ‘Ayesha’ being the adventures of the landing squad of the ‘Emden’ Hellmuth von Mcke
Who’s that been dropping an anchor overboard—we don’t budge an inch—we’re becalmed.
Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
I’ve been becalmed four years, and while I pray for a little wind to take me—home, you rock me in the trough of uncertainty.
The Translation of a Savage, Complete Gilbert Parker
The breeze may fail, and if she is becalmed we are sure to have her.
Ned Garth W. H. G. Kingston
We have been becalmed many days, and I should be dull indeed were it not for the fishes and birds, and my pen and pencil.
Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2) Maria R. Audubon
They had kept their course too far from shore, and were becalmed in consequence.
Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II. Charles James Lever
(of a sailing boat or ship) motionless through lack of wind
1550s, from be- + calm. Related: Becalmed; becalming.
a small songbird, especially the European garden warbler, Silvia hortensis, eaten as a delicacy in France and the Mediterranean region. Historical Examples The young birds themselves are said to be very delicate food, and not inferior in richness of flavour to the beccafico. The History of Sumatra William Marsden There is Malvoisia sack,” said the […]
noun Cesare Bonesana (ˈtʃɛzare bɔnɛˈzɑːna), Marchese de. 1738–94, Italian legal theorist and political economist; author of the influential treatise Crimes and Punishments (1764), which attacked corruption, torture, and capital punishment Historical Examples He next studied physics and ethics—the former under the celebrated beccaria, but not a single definition remained in his head. The International Monthly, […]
a white sauce, sometimes seasoned with onion and nutmeg. Contemporary Examples Throw all the ingredients for bechamel in at once and 10 minutes later you have perfectly velvety sauce. The 2012 Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide Megan McArdle December 12, 2012 Historical Examples “It’s the bechamel sauce on it that you like, I suspect,” said Bettina. […]
a white sauce, sometimes seasoned with onion and nutmeg. n. 1796, from French béchamel, named for Louis XIV’s steward, Louis de Béchamel, marquis de Nointel (1630-1703), who perfected it. Gamillscheg identifies him as a great gourmet of the time (“eines bekannten Feinschmeckers des 17. Jhdts.”).