- without rough motion; still or nearly still: a calm sea.
- not windy or stormy: a calm day.
- free from excitement or passion; tranquil: a calm face; a calm manner.
- freedom from motion or disturbance; stillness.
- Meteorology. wind speed of less than 1 mile per hour (0.447 m/sec).
- freedom from agitation, excitement, or passion; tranquillity; serenity: She faced the possibility of death with complete calm.
- to make calm: He calmed the excited dog.
- to become calm (usually followed by down).
Origin of calm
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Examples from the Web for calmest
Unsurprisingly, I have found Norway to be one of the sanest, calmest, most beautiful countries I have ever lived in.Norway’s New Cultural Anxiety
July 24, 2011
I proposed in the calmest tone that we should go on where he could get his much-needed rest.The Arrow of Gold
You will hear them confess in the calmest way, 'I was afraid.'The Soul of a People
It took a lot to disconcert Sam, and he was the calmest person present.The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
It has impassioned the calmest souls; it has calmed the most agitated.
"Be patient, Joe," said little Judie, in the calmest voice possible.The Big Brother
George Cary Eggleston
- almost without motion; stilla calm sea
- meteorol of force 0 on the Beaufort scale; without wind
- not disturbed, agitated, or excited; under controlhe stayed calm throughout the confusion
- tranquil; serenea calm voice
- an absence of disturbance or rough motion; stillness
- absence of wind
- (often foll by down) to make or become calm
Word Origin and History for calmest
late 14c., from Old French calme, carme "stillness, quiet, tranquility," from the adjective (see calm (adj.)).
late 14c., from Old French calmer or from calm (adj.). Related: Calmed; calming.
late 14c., from Old French calme "tranquility, quiet," traditionally from Old Italian calma, from Late Latin cauma "heat of the mid-day sun" (in Italy, a time when everything rests and is still), from Greek kauma "heat" (especially of the sun), from kaiein "to burn" (see caustic). Spelling influenced by Latin calere "to be hot." Figurative application to social or mental conditions is 16c.