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.
Charm·ing, a. Pleasing the mind or senses in a high degree; delighting; fascinating; attractive.
How charming is divine philosophy. --Milton.
Syn: - Enchanting; bewitching; captivating; enrapturing; alluring; fascinating; delightful; pleasurable; graceful; lovely; amiable; pleasing; winning.
-- Charm*ing*ly, adv. -- Charm*ing*ness, n.
adj 1: pleasing or delighting; "endowed with charming manners"; "a
charming little cottage"; "a charming personality"
2: possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to
supernatural powers; "charming incantations"; "magic signs
that protect against adverse influence"; "a magical
spell"; "'tis now the very witching time of night"-
Shakespeare; "wizard wands"; "wizardly powers" [syn: magic,
magical, sorcerous, witching(a), wizard(a), wizardly]