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Definition of CHARM

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Charm \Charm\, v. i.
     1. To use magic arts or occult power; to make use of charms. [1913 Webster]

              The voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
                                                    --Ps. lviii.
                                                    5. [1913 Webster]

     2. To act as, or produce the effect of, a charm; to please greatly; to be fascinating. [1913 Webster]

     3. To make a musical sound. [Obs.] --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Charm \Charm\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Charmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Charming}.] [Cf. F. charmer. See {Charm}, n.]
     1. To make music upon; to tune. [Obs. & R.] [1913 Webster]

              Here we our slender pipes may safely charm.
                                                    --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     2. To subdue, control, or summon by incantation or supernatural influence; to affect by magic. [1913 Webster]

              No witchcraft charm thee!             --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. To subdue or overcome by some secret power, or by that which gives pleasure; to allay; to soothe. [1913 Webster]

              Music the fiercest grief can charm.   --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     4. To attract irresistibly; to delight exceedingly; to enchant; to fascinate. [1913 Webster]

              They, on their mirth and dance
              Intent, with jocund music charm his ear. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     5. To protect with, or make invulnerable by, spells, charms, or supernatural influences; as, a charmed life. [1913 Webster]

              I, in my own woe charmed,
              Could not find death.                 --Shak.

     Syn: Syn. - To fascinate; enchant; enrapture; captivate; bewitch; allure; subdue; delight; entice; transport. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Charm \Charm\ (ch[aum]rm), n. [F. charme, fr. L. carmen song, verse, incantation, for casmen, akin to Skr. [,c]asman, [,c]as[=a], a laudatory song, from a root signifying to praise, to sing.]
     1. A melody; a song. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]

              With charm of earliest birds.         --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              Free liberty to chant our charms at will. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     2. A word or combination of words sung or spoken in the practice of magic; a magical combination of words, characters, etc.; an incantation. [1913 Webster]

              My high charms work.                  --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. That which exerts an irresistible power to please and attract; that which fascinates; any alluring quality. [1913 Webster]

              Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
                                                    --Pope. [1913 Webster]

              The charm of beauty's powerful glance. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     4. Anything worn for its supposed efficacy to the wearer in averting ill or securing good fortune. [1913 Webster]

     5. Any small decorative object worn on the person, as a seal, a key, a silver whistle, or the like. Bunches of charms are often worn at the watch chain. [1913 Webster]

     6. (Physics) a property of certain quarks which may take the value of +1, -1 or 0. [PJC]

     Syn: Spell; incantation; conjuration; enchantment; fascination; attraction. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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