- 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 calm
The government continues to call for calm while warning people to be on their guard.France’s Wave of Crazy-Terror Christmas Attacks
December 24, 2014
He allows the subject to float over to Hitchcock with a calm directness that I admire.
A doctor comes to his house and gives him shots of cortisone to calm the arthritic pain in his knees.
Still, he said he expects Novartis to provide further documentation to calm fears.Did This Flu Vaccine Kill 13?
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December 2, 2014
The only issue was whether “we can get [Blanc] calm and able to talk lol.”The Secret World of Pickup Artist Julien Blanc
December 1, 2014
Then Pericles arose, and looked around him with calm dignity.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
She was maintaining that calm level of submission to fate which had been her lifelong habit.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He was calm of face, but she guessed an excitement beneath the surface.
By retaining his own calm he saw that he kept a great advantage.
But for that she did not love him enough, neither was she yet calm enough in herself to be able for it.Weighed and Wanting
- 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 calm
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.
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.