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What does calm mean?
Calm describes something that is still or barely moving, like a pond or a lake.
Calm can also describe something that is relaxed or free from excitement, as in Yolanda felt calmer after meditating for a few minutes.
Calm can also be used to describe the weather. A calm day isn’t windy or stormy. In meteorology, calm is a wind speed that is less than 1 mile per hour.
As a noun, calm typically describes a lack of motion or a stillness in an area where there once was motion or there will be motion.
Calm can also describe a notable lack of excitement or agitation that was expected to be caused, as in Roberta believed the only way to approach a big task was with calm and patience.
Finally, as a verb, to calm something or someone means to bring it to a pause. You might calm your barking dog by petting it and talking to it in a soothing voice. You might calm an angry friend by talking with them quietly and listening to what’s bothering them.
Example: When you feel nervous in front of a crowd, try to look calm and you’ll soon feel calm.
Where does calm come from?
The first records of the term calm come from around 1350. It ultimately comes from the Greek kaûma, meaning “burning heat.”
You might hear a few common phrases that use the term calm. One is calm down, which means “to make or become less agitated.” When you’re upset over a low grade, you might calm yourself down by taking deep, slow breaths. Another is calm before the storm, which describes a situation in which someone or something is calm before becoming agitated, similar to how an atmospheric pressure and wind current can produce a calming environment just before a storm occurs.
Finally, you might hear keep calm and carry on. This popular phrase was used in a poster in the UK during World War II to help encourage people at home to live life as normally as they could. The phrase has become a popular meme, with a lot of different advice replacing “carry on,” such as “don’t advise me,” “scroll on,” and “read memes.” Our favorite, though, is “keep calm and eat cupcakes” because everyone deserves a treat sometimes!
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- calmingly (adverb)
- calmly (adverb)
- calmness (noun)
- uncalm (adjective)
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How is calm used in real life?
Calm is a common word to describe a lack of excitement or upset.
Just a calm day off in new york with my family! wohoo
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) December 2, 2012
I AM SO NERVOUS ITS SO PACKED I JUST LOOKED *calm down joanne*🙏 #joanneworldtour SOLD OUT ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🐾🐾🐾🐾
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 2, 2017
Great fans at the airport, you guys were so calm and wonderful, thank you 😊🙏🏼❤️
— Ashton Irwin (@Ashton5SOS) August 18, 2016
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Is calm used correctly in the following sentence?
When I saw the spider, I remained calm by screaming and running away.
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Since many of us will be homebodies this season, here are some ways to keep cool, calm and collected in your own space.
We are redoubling our efforts to keep the beaches and local businesses open, and get to a sense of calmer waters, but July 4 weekend will look a bit different this year.
A few days later, he let me row through some baby rapids, telling me where to aim the boat, giving me calm instructions to adjust the trajectory a little left or a little right.The Eye-Opening Month I Spent Rafting the Grand Canyon|Brendan Leonard|June 30, 2020|Outside Online
This is sort of a game but it’s mostly a way to calm yourself down since there’s not really any way to lose or compete.
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The government continues to call for calm while warning people to be on their guard.
Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione asked residents to remain calm, amid fears of unrest.
The drama transfixed the normally calm Sydney, known for its laid-back vibe and relaxed population.
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.
This treacherous sort of calm, we thought, might forbode a storm, and we did not allow it to lull us into security.
The expression of his features was calm and composed, and his eyes were raised to heaven with a look of hope and supplication.
That the weather being calm, he rowed round me several times, observed my windows and wire-lattices that defenced them.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
She was putting her papers tidy again with calm fingers, while his own were almost cramped with the energy of suppressed desire.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
The kites soared, and the boats rushed swiftly over the calm and glittering sea.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne