[ kahm, kahlm ]
/ kɑm, kɑlm /
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adjective, calm·er, calm·est.
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 meter per second).
freedom from agitation, excitement, or passion; tranquility; serenity: We look forward to the calm of the island after the summer residents have all returned to the mainland.She faced the possibility of death with complete calm.
verb (used with object)
to make calm: He calmed the excited dog.
verb (used without object)
to become calm (usually followed by down).
OTHER WORDS FOR calm
1 quiet, motionless.
3 placid, unruffled, serene, self-possessed.
OPPOSITES FOR calm
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Idioms about calm
calm before the storm. See entry at calm before the storm.
Origin of calm
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English noun and adjective calm(e), from Italian calma (noun), calmo (adjective), from Late Latin cauma “summer heat” (with l perhaps from Latin calēre “to be hot”), from Greek kaûma (stem kaumat- ) “burning heat”; akin to kaíein “to burn” (see caustic); verb derivative of the noun
synonym study for calm
3. Calm, collected, composed, cool imply the absence of agitation. Calm implies an unruffled state, especially under disturbing conditions: calm in a crisis. Collected implies complete inner command of oneself, usually as the result of an effort: He remained collected in spite of the excitement. One who is composed has or has gained dignified self-possession: pale but composed. Cool implies clarity of judgment along with apparent absence of strong feeling or excitement, especially in circumstances of danger or strain: so cool that he seemed calm.
OTHER WORDS FROM calm
calm·ing·ly, adverbcalm·ly, adverbcalm·ness, nounqua·si-calm, adjective
un·calm, adjectiveun·calm·ness, noun
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How to use calm in a sentence
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|Keshni Kashyap|July 24, 2011|DAILY BEAST
At this moment of appalling apprehension, the cockswain exhibited the calmest resignation.The Pilot|J. Fenimore Cooper
The calmest and most centred natures are sometimes thrown by the shock of a great sorrow into a tumultuous amazement.The Minister's Wooing|Harriet Beecher Stowe
Down below, Nab runs out a bare black arm into the sea, which even in the calmest weather angrily foams along the windward side.Yorkshire Painted And Described|Gordon Home
He felt that his course of action must be shaped by the calmest judgment, if lise were to be rescued from her surroundings.Blue Goose|Frank Lewis Nason
And anyhow he started in with his accustomed energy to rape the mysteries of the Costly Life, and become the calmest of its lords.Tono Bungay|H. G. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for calm
/ (kɑːm) /
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
Derived forms of calmcalmly, adverbcalmness, noun
Word Origin for calm
C14: from Old French calme, from Old Italian calma, from Late Latin cauma heat, hence a rest during the heat of the day, from Greek kauma heat, from kaiein to burn
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