(noun, verb)


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

Definition categories: substance, balsam

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

Similar word(s): ointment, salve, unction, unguent

Definition categories: man–made, curative, cure, remedy, therapeutic

Sentences with balm as a noun:

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

- Classical music is a sweet balm for our sorrows.


1. (archaic) To anoint with balm, or with anything medicinal.

2. (figuratively) To soothe; to mitigate.