adjective, calm·er, calm·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of calm
Synonyms for calm
Antonyms for calm
Examples from the Web for calming
Contemporary Examples of 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
P. J. O’Rourke
October 11, 2014
A growing economy is a calming influence—for Hindus as much as for Muslims.Al Qaeda’s Desperation Could Be India’s Nightmare
September 6, 2014
I think there are influences making this worse instead of calming the situation.Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Has a Serious Online Fan Club
August 19, 2014
The things Lindsay shows Lohan doing should be trite and calming.Lindsay Lohan’s Reality Show Is the Most Stressful Thing on TV
March 10, 2014
It's set to shifting music that is simultaneously unnerving and calming.VIDEO: What Do Israelis Wish For Iranians?
August 5, 2013
Historical Examples of calming
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
Word Origin for calm
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.