- 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 calming
President of Costa Rica Oscar Arias laid a calming hand on 1980s El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama.Up To A Point: What We Really Need Is a Nobel War Prize
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A growing economy is a calming influence—for Hindus as much as for Muslims.Al Qaeda’s Desperation Could Be India’s Nightmare
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I think there are influences making this worse instead of calming the situation.Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Has a Serious Online Fan Club
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The things Lindsay shows Lohan doing should be trite and calming.Lindsay Lohan’s Reality Show Is the Most Stressful Thing on TV
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It's set to shifting music that is simultaneously unnerving and calming.VIDEO: What Do Israelis Wish For Iranians?
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As soon as Kirsty had succeeded in calming me, I told her the whole story.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
Then calming down a bit, he added: 'Let every one do with their own as they think best.'Abbe Mouret's Transgression
But he never heard any music, and this, instead of calming his nerves, made him sicker.Melomaniacs
Adversity vexed and irritated, instead of calming and subduing her.Queen Elizabeth
"Yes, sir—you haven't many days left in it," said Mr. Burns calming down.The Shadow-Line
- 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 calming
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.