- 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 calmly
He calmly offered his vision of an ideology that merges libertarian values with social conservative virtue.Paul, Cruz Duel at ‘Values Voter’ Event
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It was strange to see Ramona deal with Aviva so calmly: usually her head swivels and her eye sockets pulse.Betrayal, Blowjobs, and Bitchery: the 'Real Housewives' Get Really Desperate
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Beyond that, explained Robinson, Carson was able to “calmly articulate conservative principles.”At CPAC, Slim Pickings in ‘Minority Outreach’
March 7, 2014
His assistant manager, DOUG STAMPER, is agitated, pacing back and forth, while UNDERWOOD calmly eats a breadstick.Frank Underwood Will Not Tolerate Insubordination in This Olive Garden
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Jamie growls at Cardosa, who replies “yes” and calmly expresses regret on the other end of the line.Woman Accuses Alleged Rapist Teacher On YouTube
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"Captain Haley knows very well the falsehood of what he says," said our hero, calmly.Brave and Bold
"Not the first time Bill Dozier has done it," said Henry calmly.
"Ask Allister what fighting had to do with the running of things," said Andrew calmly.
"Then we'll say at three," she said calmly, and took an orderly and unflurried departure.K
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Angelique had listened to all this calmly, with her hands listlessly clasped in her lap.The Dream
- 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 calmly
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.