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

To minimize the chance of being swooped, the NPWS recommends avoiding magpie nesting areas, remaining calm, dismounting bicycles or horses, and to never harass the birds. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Cyclist Dies After Crashing Into a Fence While Trying to Avoid a Swooping Bird's Attack," 16 Sep. 2019 Others say that wanting to present a calm, united front in two weeks' time is the only thing holding Beijing back. Ben Westcott, CNN, "The date which has both Hong Kong and Beijing on edge," 14 Sep. 2019 At the time, the skies were clear and the weather calm, with a southerly breeze of only 5 miles per hour, according to National Weather Service records. Jeff Amy, Anchorage Daily News, "Coast Guard rescues all 4 crew members trapped in overturned cargo ship off Georgia," 9 Sep. 2019 At the time, the skies were clear and the weather calm, with a southerly breeze of only 5 miles per hour, according to National Weather Service records. Time, "Coast Guard Finds 4 Crew Members Trapped Inside Capsized Cargo Ship in Georgia," 9 Sep. 2019 Logan responds well to encouragement and a calm, matter-of-fact attitude. Boys & Girls Aid, oregonlive, "Logan, 10, is playful, energetic and caring despite hardships: A Home of Their Own," 7 Sep. 2019 It's added that the conversations were 'calm' and not heated, with the loan move thought to be beneficial to all parties and that the duo attempted to convince the forward that PSG would be a good temporary switch for him. SI.com, "Neymar Future to Be Decided With Barcelona & PSG to Meet in Wake of (Another) Failed Bid," 29 Aug. 2019 The Chinese territory has seen a rare period of calm, with last weekend the first in more than two months with no tear gas fired by police. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Photos: Hong Kong protesters unify in a human chain across the city," 23 Aug. 2019 There was the acceptance, calm, compassion and understanding that seems to come with age. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Two old-timers meet in the hot desert," 17 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There's the floral noted Calvin Klein Women, the captivating Acqua Di Parma Rosa Nobile hair mist, and the ultra-calming Diana Vreeland Simply Divine Candle, just to name a few. Allure, "These Are the Best Fragrances of 2019," 16 Sep. 2019 Khan was attempting to calm down angry youths who this month clashed with police in Pakistan-held Kashmir upon being stopped from marching toward the frontier, where Pakistani and Indian troops are in close quarters. Washington Post, "Pakistani PM to raise Kashmir issue at UN General Assembly," 14 Sep. 2019 His first came midway through the first quarter after arguing a kicked-ball call, then waving his hand dismissively at a referee's warning to calm down. Tim Reynolds, Houston Chronicle, "US tops Brazil to advance to World Cup quarterfinals," 9 Sep. 2019 Warren wants to shake things up, Biden wants to calm things down. Los Angeles Times, "The debate Democrats have waited for: Joe Biden vs. Elizabeth Warren," 29 Aug. 2019 Loren Crawford told Moore to calm down, and that no one had been in his room. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Son of Marion County judge Barbara Crawford shot in the neck, court documents say," 16 Aug. 2019 The governor of Kashmir had told everyone to calm down, that this was just rumor-mongering. Sanna Wani, Time, "I Was in Kashmir When India Seized Control. This Is What I Saw," 7 Aug. 2019 Dillard and the other officers rolled Timpa face-down, onto his chest in the grass, telling him to calm down. Cary Aspinwall, Dallas News, "Police responded to his 911 call for help. He died. What happened to Tony Timpa?," 2 Aug. 2019 After being told to go with the officers, Jesús hands over his belongings to Velma and tells her to calm down. Thalia Juarez, baltimoresun.com, "Well liked chef at Zen West in North Baltimore arrested by ICE," 27 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Confidence: Medium Sunday night: Partly cloudy, and fairly calm, with mid- to upper 60s for low temperatures near dawn. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: A hint of fall with breezes and clouds today, but don’t get used to it," 13 Sep. 2019 Over and over, cameras broadcast clips of people out paddling kayaks and stand-up paddleboards along the near-shore kelp in calm, pristine water. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "The best way to see Monterey? From the water," 6 Sep. 2019 Then take calm, professional action that doesn't accuse, blame, or otherwise alienate the offender, but that does achieve your aims. Anne Fisher, Fortune, "Don’t Let a Difficult Coworker Drive You Crazy," 23 Aug. 2019 Aiden is a great kid who just needs a calm, stable and loving environment to really shine. Boys & Girls Aid, oregonlive.com, "Aiden, 9, hopes to live among trees or in the country with a family that likes bugs: A Home of Their Own," 10 Aug. 2019 What was your message to him prior to the game and throughout the game, that really tried to keep him calm and help him? James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "What Gus Malzahn, Auburn players said after Tigers came back to beat Oregon Ducks in closing seconds," 1 Sep. 2019 What was your message to him prior to the game and throughout the game, that really tried to keep him calm and help him? Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "What Gus Malzahn said about Auburn’s wild 27-21 win against Oregon," 1 Sep. 2019 For the past week the territory has been relatively calm, with a rare lull in the barrages of tear-gas. The Economist, "The turmoil in Hong Kong stems in part from its unaffordable housing," 22 Aug. 2019 Local politicians had urged Lam to respond to protesters’ efforts to keep demonstrations calm this past weekend, by offering something specific as an act of good faith. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Hong Kong’s moment of calm is in danger of being squandered," 20 Aug. 2019

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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

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