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Princeton's WordNet

  1. balmnoun

    any of various aromatic resinous substances used for healing and soothing

  2. ointment, unction, unguent, balm, salvenoun

    semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation


  1. balmnoun

    Any of various aromatic resins exuded from certain plants, especially trees of the genus Commiphora of Africa, Arabia and India and Myroxylon of South America.

  2. balmnoun

    A plant or tree yielding such substance.

  3. balmnoun

    Any soothing oil or lotion, especially an aromatic one.

    There is a balm in Gilead.... (Spiritual)

  4. balmnoun

    Something soothing.

  5. balmnoun

    Any of various aromatic plants of the genus Melissa, such as lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) or bee balm.

  6. Etymology: From basme, from balsamum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Balmnoun

    Etymology: baume, Fr. balsamum, Lat.

    Balm trickles through the bleeding veins
    Of happy shrubs, in Idumean plains. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Thy place is filled, thy sceptre wrung from thee;
    Thy balm wash’d off wherewith thou wast anointed. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    You were conducted to a gentle bath,
    And balms apply’d to you. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Your praise’s argument, balm of your age;
    Dearest and best. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

  2. To Balmverb

    Etymology: from balm.

    Balm his foul head with warm distilled waters,
    And burn sweet wood. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

    Opprest nature sleeps:
    This rest might yet have balm’d thy senses,
    Which stand in hard cure. William Shakespeare, King Lear.


  1. balm

    A balm is a fragrant ointment or preparation often used to heal or soothe the skin, typically made with oil or fat mixed with various aromatic plants. It can be also referred to as anything that has a comforting, soothing, or restorative effect. The term is originally religious, being used to describe a fragrant oil or resin used for anointing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Balmnoun

    an aromatic plant of the genus Melissa

  2. Balmnoun

    the resinous and aromatic exudation of certain trees or shrubs

  3. Balmnoun

    any fragrant ointment

  4. Balmnoun

    anything that heals or that mitigates pain

  5. Balmverb

    to anoint with balm, or with anything medicinal. Hence: To soothe; to mitigate


  1. Balm

    Balm is an unincorporated, rural community located in southeastern Hillsborough County, Florida, approximately 18 miles southeast of Tampa. It is the location of Goodson Farms, Inc. packing house and locally renowned produce market open from December to April. In 2005, Goodson Farms had begun rebuilding the stand on the intersection of McGrady Road and CR672. It was completed in late 2006. There are also four tropical fish farms and a small holding area for Barnum and Bailey's circus animals. One well known landmark is the Balm post office, which has been part of the community for over 100 years. Oldest Post Office in Hillsborough County 1907.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Balm

    bäm, n. an aromatic substance: a fragrant and healing ointment: aromatic fragrance: anything that heals or soothes pain: a tree yielding balm: name of some fragrant garden herbs.—v.t. (arch.) to embalm: (Shak.) to anoint with fragrant oil: (arch.) to soothe.—n. Balm′iness.—adj. Balm′y, fragrant: mild and soothing: bearing balm.—Balm, or Balsam, of Gilead, the resin of the tree Balsamodendron Gileadense, formerly esteemed as an antiseptic, the name originating in the belief that this is the substance mentioned in the Bible as found in Gilead, and called in the English translation 'balm.' [O. Fr. basme—L. balsamum. See Balsam.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BALM

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Balm is ranked #122314 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Balm surname appeared 141 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Balm.

    97.1% or 137 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BALM in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BALM in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of BALM in a Sentence

  1. The Daily Beast:

    Conservatives criticize such programs as fueling substance abuse. But activists and many public health experts say these sorts of programs provide a significant degree of safety and support to vulnerable people, while HHS declined to specify any elements of smoking kits that may qualify, non-governmental organization Harm Reduction International lists some typical items, including brass screen filters, rubber mouthpieces to limit burning, lip balm, and disinfectant wipes.

  2. Brian Gibson:

    I believe the church is essential and its absolutely the answer to get us through this trying time in America, the church is the healing balm that puts us back together.

  3. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    With forgiveness, we find release, A soothing balm that grants us peace, For in its grace, we learn to let go, Embracing healing's gentle flow.

  4. Anne Chapas:

    Waxes and other types of sealants repair the lips by sealing in moisture and helps prevent evaporation of water from our lips, you want to use your lip balm regularly, a couple times a day, and look for ones that have SPF 30. Remember, sun damage occurs on the lips as well as the rest of our body- all year round.

  5. Dana Oliver:

    I upgraded my preschool-aged son’s body care earlier this year with the Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade-founded brand, i love that the collection uses recycled materials from post-consumer containers. And because I’m someone who cares just as much as what we put in our bodies as on our bodies, the ingredients are just as good for us as they are for the planet. Our cold-weather favorite is the all-over balm because it keeps dry, patchy skin at bay and gives my son an incredible glow!

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