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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. any of various aromatic resinous substances used for healing and soothing;

2. semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation;
[syn: ointment, unction, unguent, balm, salve]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Balm \Balm\ (b[aum]m), n. [OE. baume, OF. bausme, basme, F. baume, L. balsamum balsam, from Gr. ba`lsamon; perhaps of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. b[=a]s[=a]m. Cf. Balsam.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) An aromatic plant of the genus Melissa. [1913 Webster] 2. The resinous and aromatic exudation of certain trees or shrubs. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. Any fragrant ointment. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. Anything that heals or that mitigates pain. "Balm for each ill." --Mrs. Hemans. [1913 Webster] Balm cricket (Zool.), the European cicada. --Tennyson. Balm of Gilead (Bot.), a small evergreen African and Asiatic tree of the terebinthine family (Balsamodendron Gileadense). Its leaves yield, when bruised, a strong aromatic scent; and from this tree is obtained the balm of Gilead of the shops, or balsam of Mecca. This has a yellowish or greenish color, a warm, bitterish, aromatic taste, and a fragrant smell. It is valued as an unguent and cosmetic by the Turks. The fragrant herb Dracocephalum Canariense is familiarly called balm of Gilead, and so are the American trees, Populus balsamifera, variety candicans (balsam poplar), and Abies balsamea (balsam fir). [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Balm \Balm\, v. t. To anoint with balm, or with anything medicinal. Hence: To soothe; to mitigate. [Archaic] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

balm n 1: any of various aromatic resinous substances used for healing and soothing 2: semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation [syn: ointment, unction, unguent, balm, salve]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

172 Moby Thesaurus words for "balm": Mentholatum, Vaseline, aid, allay, alleviative, alleviator, alterative, ambergris, ambrosia, analeptic, anodyne, aroma, aromatic, aromatic gum, aromatic water, assistance, assuager, attar, attar of roses, balm of Gilead, balsam, bay oil, bergamot oil, bouquet, brilliantine, calmative, cerate, champaca oil, chrism, civet, cold cream, collyrium, comfort, commiseration, compose, condolement, condolence, consolation, corrective, cream, cure, cushion, demulcent, dolorifuge, drops, drug, electuary, elixir, embrocation, emollient, essence, essential oil, ethical drug, extract, eye-lotion, eyewash, eyewater, face cream, fixative, generic name, glycerin, glycerogel, glycerogelatin, glycerol, glycerole, hand lotion, healing agent, healing quality, heliotrope, help, herbs, incense, inhalant, inunction, inunctum, jasmine oil, lanolin, lavender oil, lenitive, lincture, linctus, liniment, lotion, lull, materia medica, medicament, medication, medicinal, medicinal herbs, medicine, menthol, mercurial ointment, mitigator, mixture, moderator, modulator, mollifier, musk, myrcia oil, myrrh, nard, nonprescription drug, officinal, oil, ointment, olive oil, pacificator, pacifier, palliative, parfum, patent medicine, peacemaker, perfume, perfumery, petrolatum, pharmacon, physic, pomade, pomatum, powder, preparation, prescription, prescription drug, proprietary, proprietary medicine, proprietary name, quiet, quieten, receipt, recipe, redolence, relief, remedial measure, remedy, restorative, restraining hand, rose oil, salve, scent, sedative, settle, sharing of grief, shock absorber, simples, soothe, soother, soothing syrup, soothing words, sovereign remedy, specific, specific remedy, spice, spikenard, stabilizer, still, succor, sympathy, syrup, temperer, theraputant, tisane, tranquilize, tranquilizer, unction, unguent, unguentum, vegetable remedies, volatile oil, vulnerary, wiser head, witch hazel, zinc ointment
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

BALM Block And List Manipulation (Block And List Manipulation) An extensible language, developed by Malcolm Harrison in 1970, with LISP-like features and ALGOL-like syntax, for CDC 6600. ["The Balm Programming Language", Malcolm Harrison, Courant Inst, May 1973]. (2007-03-01)
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Balm contracted from Bal'sam, a general name for many oily or resinous substances which flow or trickle from certain trees or plants when an incision is made through the bark. (1.) This word occurs in the Authorized Version (Gen. 37:25; 43:11; Jer. 8:22; 46:11; 51:8; Ezek. 27:17) as the rendering of the Hebrew word _tsori_ or _tseri_, which denotes the gum of a tree growing in Gilead (q.v.), which is very precious. It was celebrated for its medicinal qualities, and was circulated as an article of merchandise by Arab and Phoenician merchants. The shrub so named was highly valued, and was almost peculiar to Palestine. In the time of Josephus it was cultivated in the neighbourhood of Jericho and the Dead Sea. There is an Arab tradition that the tree yielding this balm was brought by the queen of Sheba as a present to Solomon, and that he planted it in his gardens at Jericho. (2.) There is another Hebrew word, _basam_ or _bosem_, from which our word "balsam," as well as the corresponding Greek balsamon, is derived. It is rendered "spice" (Cant. 5:1, 13; 6:2; margin of Revised Version, "balsam;" Ex. 35:28; 1 Kings 10:10), and denotes fragrance in general. _Basam_ also denotes the true balsam-plant, a native of South Arabia (Cant. l.c.).