- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for calm on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for calmness
But the calmness in rebel-held Donetsk on Sunday night suggested no big push is planned in the next few hours, at least.Eastern Ukraine Braces for ‘Full-Scale War’
November 17, 2014
Unlike coffee, tea has an amino acid that is associated with calmness: Theanine.Forget 5-Hour Energy: Tea Is a Better Buzz
July 22, 2014
It prefers nonconfrontation, and calmness and softness of voice are valued when dealing with adversity.Obama's Awkward Indonesia Trip
Sahil Mahtani, Kenneth Weisbrode
November 7, 2010
Calmness, justice, and consideration should characterize our diplomacy.
Its calmness gave the impression of a wisdom behind it that had no existence.Weighed and Wanting
"Why, sure it's a Bear Cat," she said with the calmness of complete recovery.Her Father's Daughter
I rose from my chair, now in some measure restored to calmness and cold resolution.In the Valley
I said, sternly, but with a calmness which almost astonished me.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- 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 calmness
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.