calm

noun
\ ˈkäm How to pronounce calm (audio) , ˈkälm How to pronounce calm (audio) , ˈkam, ˈkȯ(l)m\

Definition of calm

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a period or condition of freedom from storms, high winds, or rough activity of water a sailing ship motionless in the calm
b : complete absence of wind or presence of wind having a speed no greater than one mile (1.6 kilometers) per hour — see Beaufort Scale Table
2 : a state of tranquility At dusk a quiet calm settled over the town.

calm

verb
calmed; calming; calms

Definition of calm (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to become calm usually used with down The mayor asked the protesters to calm down so he could speak.

transitive verb

: to make calm often used with down calm him down; get him to be reasonable— S. H. Adams

calm

adjective

Definition of calm (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : marked by calm : still a calm sea
2 : free from agitation, excitement, or disturbance

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Other Words from calm

Adjective

calmly adverb
calmness noun

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Adjective

calm, tranquil, serene, placid, peaceful mean quiet and free from disturbance. calm often implies a contrast with a foregoing or nearby state of agitation or violence. the protests ended, and the streets were calm again tranquil suggests a very deep quietude or composure. the tranquil beauty of a formal garden serene stresses an unclouded and lofty tranquility. watched the sunset of a serene summer's evening placid suggests an undisturbed appearance and often implies a degree of complacency. remained placid despite the criticism peaceful implies a state of repose in contrast with or following strife or turmoil. grown peaceful in old age

Adjective

calm, peaceful, and tranquil mean quiet and free from disturbance. calm is used when someone is not excited or upset even when there is cause for it. They stayed calm during the fire. peaceful is used when someone or something has reached a quiet state after some period of disturbance. The storm is over and the lake is peaceful again. tranquil is used for a total or lasting state of rest. They stopped at a tranquil garden.

Examples of calm in a Sentence

Noun

After two days of violent protests, the mayor appealed for calm. The calm was broken by another terrorist bombing. the calm of a church Police tried to restore calm after the riot. A quiet calm settled over the city.

Verb

His words were effective in calming her fears. The medicine helped calm her breathing.

Adjective

The teacher asked us to remain calm after the fire alarm went off. Let's try to have a calm discussion about your grades.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The couple wanted to punctuate the calm with just the right amount of energizing, strong color. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "This Brian J. McCarthy-Designed Hamptons Home is Filled with the Unexpected," 13 Mar. 2019 Matt provided such a safe calm strength, my mommy and sissy were there to cheer me on, and of course my birth angels to make sure all was well and big brother (downstairs deep in legos). Marie Claire, "Hilary Duff Just Shared an Intimate Video of Her Daughter's Home Water Birth," 25 Mar. 2019 Nothing disrupts the calm, meditative benefits of yoga like the thought of practicing your poses on an icky mat. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Exactly How to Clean Your Yoga Mat," 6 Mar. 2019 On this day, the flight crew kept a plane full of passengers calm, made them don their life jackets, and helped the women and children off first. Allen St. John, Popular Mechanics, "What Went Right: Revisiting Captain "Sully" Sullenberger and the Miracle on the Hudson," 15 Jan. 2019 The uncertainty is yet another example of how investors are struggling to pivot from years of calm, gently rising markets to a new period marked by sudden, big lurches in asset prices. Gunjan Banerji And Telis Demos, WSJ, "Market Volatility Leads to Fresh Focus on Machinery Beneath Trading," 11 Dec. 2018 This won’t be simple; there’s nothing like an outstanding $10,000 to transform a calm, composed adult into an earth-scorching vigilante who scours the internet for solutions at 3 a.m. Charlotte Cowles, The Cut, "My Ex Boyfriend Owes Me $10,000. How Do I Get Him to Pay Me Back?," 7 June 2018 First of all, don't panic: staying calm, knowing your rights, and exploring your options will help get you in the air the fastest. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Winter Storm Is Probably Going to Mess Up Your Holiday Travel," 21 Dec. 2018 There’s much to appreciate in [creator and showrunner Steven] Conrad’s mastery of building tension toward ludicrous outcomes in some case, or punctuating stretches of relative calm with explosions of chaos and violence. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Amazon’s unheralded spy dramedy returns for a second season.," 20 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to Hart, royal blue is not just a calming hue, but an opportunity to experience our higher consciousnesses. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Will Blue Make You Psychic? Can Yellow Detox Your Mind? A Color Therapist Weighs in on Fall 2019’s Color Trends," 4 Apr. 2019 Blues and dark, earthy tones are used to create a calming vibe throughout the collection. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "IKEA's New Summer Collection Is Designed to Help You Destress," 1 Apr. 2019 This elicits a deeply calming effect, and simulates deep pressure touch (DPT), a type of therapy that utilizes hands-on pressure to alleviate chronic stress and anxiety. Popular Mechanics, "These Weighted Blankets Can Alleviate Stress and Anxiety," 23 Mar. 2019 The Qatari announcement was a small boost to Lebanon’s standing and calmed nerves in the markets. Bassem Mroue, The Seattle Times, "Lebanon rating downgraded on default risks," 22 Jan. 2019 The Monday night statement by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and FBI Director Christopher Wray was clearly meant to calm any nerves ahead of the election. Alex Ward, Vox, "The 2018 midterm election hasn’t been hacked — but Russia is still trying to influence it," 6 Nov. 2018 Take a breath, collect yourself, maybe switch to decaf to calm the nerves. Luke Darby, GQ, "Former Trump Adviser Roger Stone Admits He Met With Russians During the Campaign but Says It's the FBI's Fault," 17 June 2018 The staff gave her books and toys - but they weren't allowed to pick her up, to hold her or hug her to try to calm her. CBS News, "Inside look at Border Patrol facility in Texas housing hundreds of children," 17 June 2018 Having such a plan, one that details retirement income goals and tolerance for risk, will go a long way toward calming their nerves about what the market may do in the short term and redirect them to a long-term mind-set, Beaver says. Robert Powell, USA TODAY, "5 steps to ease your worries about money, health in retirement," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Right by his side through it all is Gwen, who remains calm and helps him craft a new piece of choreography that pleases their higher-ups. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Fosse/Verdon Proves It's Time to Cancel the Fragile Male Ego," 10 Apr. 2019 But on the whole these teenagers were calm amid the provocations and far less incendiary than the adults who taunted them and the progressive high priests who denounced them. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The High School Deplorables," 22 Jan. 2019 Both said the men were aggressive and menacing to Rialmo, who was calm during the altercation. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago cop involved in controversial fatal shooting cleared by judge in bar fight," 10 July 2018 Even when life is calm, some people worry about things that might happen. Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle, "Activities, life choices can help keep memory sharp," 15 June 2018 Andrew Churchman’s calm demeanor suits him just fine. Blake Baumgartner, Naperville Sun, "Preach: Andrew Churchman works five scoreless innings as Neuqua shuts out Naperville Central," 21 Apr. 2018 Libby says inhaling rose water is known to reduce stress and help promote a calmer and more relaxed state. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Beauty Benefits of Rose Water," 8 Feb. 2019 Each level has a slightly different vibe: some are calm and relaxing, others have a heart-pounding intensity. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Tetris Effect is a glorious love letter to Tetris," 9 Nov. 2018 The foxes were calmer and friendlier when approached—and also more baby-faced, with floppy ears, patchy coloring, and curlier tails. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Friendly fox genomes help us understand the genetics of behavior," 11 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of calm

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for calm

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

Middle English calme, probably ultimately from Old Spanish calma, from Late Latin cauma heat, from Greek kauma, from kaiein to burn

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calm

noun

English Language Learners Definition of calm

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a quiet and peaceful state or condition
: a peaceful mental or emotional state

calm

verb

English Language Learners Definition of calm (Entry 2 of 3)

: to become or to cause (someone) to become less upset, emotional, excited, etc.
: to become or to cause (something) to become less active, violent, forceful, etc.

calm

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of calm (Entry 3 of 3)

: not angry, upset, excited, etc.
used to describe weather that is not windy, stormy, etc.

calm

noun
\ ˈkäm How to pronounce calm (audio) , ˈkälm\

Kids Definition of calm

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a period or condition of freedom from storm, wind, or rough water
2 : a quiet and peaceful state We enjoyed the calm of the countryside.

calm

verb
calmed; calming

Kids Definition of calm (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make or become less active or disturbed often used with down The music calmed her.The winds calmed down overnight.

calm

adjective
calmer; calmest

Kids Definition of calm (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : not stormy or windy a calm night
2 : not excited or upset a calm reply Please remain calm.

Other Words from calm

calmly adverb spoke calmly
calmness noun

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