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calm

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noun \ˈkäm, ˈkälm, ˈkam, ˈkȯ(l)m\

Definition of calm

  1. 1a :  a period or condition of freedom from storms, high winds, or rough activity of water a sailing ship motionless in the calmb :  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. 2 :  a state of tranquility At dusk a quiet calm settled over the town.

Examples of calm in a Sentence

  1. After two days of violent protests, the mayor appealed for calm.

  2. The calm was broken by another terrorist bombing.

  3. the calm of a church

  4. Police tried to restore calm after the riot.

  5. A quiet calm settled over the city.

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Origin and Etymology of calm

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

verb

Definition of calm

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become calm —usually used with down The mayor asked the protesters to calm down so he could speak.

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

Examples of calm in a Sentence

  1. His words were effective in calming her fears.

  2. The medicine helped calm her breathing.

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Origin and Etymology of calm

see 1calm


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calm

adjective

Definition of calm

  1. 1 :  marked by calm :  still a calm sea

  2. 2 :  free from agitation, excitement, or disturbance

calmly

adverb

calmness

noun

Examples of calm in a Sentence

  1. The teacher asked us to remain calm after the fire alarm went off.

  2. Let's try to have a calm discussion about your grades.

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Origin and Etymology of calm

see 1calm

Synonym Discussion of calm

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


CALM Defined for English Language Learners

calm

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noun

Definition of calm for English Language Learners

  • : a quiet and peaceful state or condition

  • : a peaceful mental or emotional state

calm

verb

Definition of calm for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of calm for English Language Learners

  • : not angry, upset, excited, etc.

  • —used to describe weather that is not windy, stormy, etc.


CALM Defined for Kids

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calm

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noun \ˈkäm, ˈkälm\

Definition of calm for Students

  1. 1 :  a period or condition of freedom from storm, wind, or rough water

  2. 2 :  a quiet and peaceful state We enjoyed the calm of the countryside.


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calm

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verb

Definition of calm for Students

calmed

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calming

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


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calm

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adjective

Definition of calm for Students

calmer

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calmest

  1. 1 :  not stormy or windy a calm night

  2. 2 :  not excited or upset a calm reply Please remain calm.

calmly

adverb spoke calmly

calmness

noun


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