Charm, v. i.
1. To use magic arts or occult power; to make use of charms.
The voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. --Ps. lviii. 5.
2. To act as, or produce the effect of, a charm; to please greatly; to be fascinating.
3. To make a musical sound. [Obs.]
1. A melody; a song. [Obs.]
With charm of earliest birds. --Milton.
Free liberty to chant our charms at will. --Spenser.
2. A word or combination of words sung or spoken in the practice of magic; a magical combination of words, characters, etc.; an incantation.
My high charms work. --Shak.
3. That which exerts an irresistible power to please and attract; that which fascinates; any alluring quality.
Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul. --Pope.
The charm of beauty's powerful glance. --Milton.
4. Anything worn for its supposed efficacy to the wearer in averting ill or securing good fortune.
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.
Syn: -- Spell; incantation; conjuration; enchantment; fascination; attraction.
Charm, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Charmed p. pr. & vb. n. Charming.]
1. To make music upon; to tune. [Obs. & R.]
Here we our slender pipes may safely charm. --Spenser.
2. To subdue, control, or summon by incantation or supernatural influence; to affect by magic.
No witchcraft charm thee! --Shak.
3. To subdue or overcome by some secret power, or by that which gives pleasure; to allay; to soothe.
Music the fiercest grief can charm. --Pope.
4. To attract irresistibly; to delight exceedingly; to enchant; to fascinate.
They, on their mirth and dance
Intent, with jocund music charm his ear. --Milton.
5. To protect with, or make invulnerable by, spells, charms, or supernatural influences; as, a charmed life.
I, in my own woe charmed,
Could not find death. --Shak.
Syn: - To fascinate; enchant; enrapture; captivate; bewitch; allure; subdue; delight; entice; transport.
n 1: attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates; "his
smile was part of his appeal to her" [syn: appeal, appealingness]
2: a verbal formula believed to have magical force; "he
whispered a spell as he moved his hands"; "inscribed
around its base is a charm in Balinese" [syn: spell, magic
3: something believed to bring good luck [syn: good luck charm]
v 1: attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's
hearts" [syn: capture, enamour, trance, catch, becharm,
enamor, captivate, beguile, fascinate, bewitch,
2: control by magic spells, as by practicing witchcraft [syn: becharm]
3: protect through supernatural powers or charms
4: induce into action by using one's charm; "She charmed him
into giving her all his money" [syn: influence, tempt]