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

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since December 2016, the family that lost its main bread winner seven years ago has been living in relative calm close to the Turkish border. Ghaith Al-sayed And Bassem Mroue, ajc, 6 July 2022 In the calm of the end of the round, the cut fell at 4-over 144. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, 21 May 2022 Allan attempted to crawl into the vehicle to keep Brown calm until paramedics arrived, but Brown shot him 11 times. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 Allan attempted to crawl into the vehicle to keep Brown calm until paramedics arrived. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 6 May 2022 The Polestar 2's cockpit surrounds you in minimalist calm. Anthony Karcz, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 To put it bluntly, armed with this information, members of Congress could potentially enter or exit a market position in relative calm before any market storm. Paul Andrews, Fortune, 14 Apr. 2022 Unfortunately, that event happened in the calm before the Delta storm, which meant the 2021 fest got pushed from Labor Day Weekend 2021 to June 2022. al, 16 Mar. 2022 Two sisters, Georgina O Briain and Caragh Lawlor, sat in the calm of Solas Bhride’s central prayer space on Saint Brigid’s Day, quietly weaving rush crosses. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The second horse became agitated, Grandy said, until the owners were able to calm it down. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2022 At some point Jackson and his girlfriend got into an argument, and the victim then took Jackson outside to calm him down, investigators said. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 31 Aug. 2022 Model self-compassion by speaking out loud, or use it silently to calm yourself. Katherine Reynolds Lewis, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2022 The people around Hannons and Jordan tried to calm them down again. Kelan Lyons, Hartford Courant, 15 Aug. 2022 The formula includes kaolin clay to exfoliate and lavender and tea tree essential oils to calm the skin. ELLE, 22 July 2022 Our actions might not exactly go as planned, so Montúfar advises us to calm ourselves a bit and go with the flow. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 3 July 2022 Mature skin is generally on the dryer side, so dermatologists recommend similar ingredients, such as moisturizing oils to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and shea butter to calm thirsty skin. Nikhita Mahtani, SELF, 14 June 2022 This deep-cleaning formula also contains soothing ingredients like allantoin, which helps to calm irritated skin, and vitamin B5 to nourish and protect. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 13 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Winds are nearly calm, and lows are mainly in the mid- to upper 50s. David Streit, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2022 Kaikōura Mayor Craig Mackle told The Associated Press that the water was dead calm at the time of the accident and the assumption was that a whale had surfaced from beneath the boat. Nick Perry, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2022 Kaikōura Mayor Craig Mackle told The Associated Press that the water was dead calm at the time of the accident and the assumption was that a whale had surfaced from beneath the boat. Nick Perry, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2022 In a sign of the fear that the unrest would spread, Iran closed its borders to Iraq earlier Tuesday, though even before Mr. Sadr’s order, streets beyond the capital’s government quarter largely remained calm. The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Aug. 2022 In a sign of the fear that the unrest would spread, Iran closed its borders to Iraq earlier Tuesday, though even before al-Sadr’s order, streets beyond the capital’s government quarter largely remained calm. Samya Kullab, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Aug. 2022 The violence threatened to deepen the political crisis, though streets elsewhere in the country largely remained calm and the country's vital oil continued to flow. Fox News, 30 Aug. 2022 There is a 30% chance of rain and winds will be calm. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, 2 Sep. 2022 Winds that had pushed the fire Wednesday were more calm overnight and on Thursday morning. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calm. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for calm

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

Choose the Right Synonym for calm

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.

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