Charm \Charm\ (ch[aum]rm), n. [F. charme, fr. L. carmen song,
verse, incantation, for casmen, akin to Skr. [,c]asman,
[,c]as[=a], a laudatory song, from a root signifying to
praise, to sing.]
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.
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.
6. (Physics) a property of certain quarks which may take the
value of +1, -1 or 0.
Syn: Spell; incantation; conjuration; enchantment;