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

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 Scott's catch came the next day after a full morning of calm. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Sturgeon make spring another weighty affair in all the right ways," 6 May 2021 Jerusalem’s recent riots punctured a facade of calm that obscures deep fault lines. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘They changed everything’: A central tension roiling Jerusalem," 5 May 2021 As India enjoyed a relative period of calm at the beginning of this year, Modi could have been preparing his country for another battle with Covid-19, patching up health care gaps in preparation for a possible future outbreak. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi could have prevented India's devastating Covid-19 crisis, critics say. He didn't," 30 Apr. 2021 Relief that justice had prevailed, and that months of tensions and turmoil leading up to the verdict had been replaced with a sense of calm. Daniel Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, "A conversation at a Phoenix barbershop: 'Finally, for once, somebody has got justice'," 25 Apr. 2021 From trees to plants, bringing in greenery can help create a sense of calm. Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "10 easy tips for creating a cozier, calmer bathroom," 23 Apr. 2021 Some may have been lulled into believing that the issue had slipped down the political agenda after a period of calm. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Biden Administration Resparks an Old Danger for Cigarette Stocks," 20 Apr. 2021 From deep within yourself... Re-invent your way of being as a coach in order to become an anchor of calm and a beacon of possibilities. Jean-francois Cousin, Forbes, "To Embody Inspiration And Co-Create Greater Value, Reinvent Your Coaching Practice With Artistry," 19 Apr. 2021 The adventure capital of the world's huge variety of activities should be enough of a draw, but those seeking peaceful surroundings will find plenty of calm while enjoying fresh seafood and wine tastings. Lilly Graves, Travel + Leisure, "10 Best Countries for Americans Who Want to Live Abroad," 18 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The promise of a quick fix to calm our minds, or train them to sleep better, sells: the sleep-aid market exceeded $81 billion in 2020, according to the firm BCC Research. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "Can This Futuristic Headband Fix Our Sleep?," 8 May 2021 Tomorrow night: Skies try to stay mostly clear and northwesterly breezes calm down toward 10 mph. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Cool weekend ahead, and there are periodic rain chances starting today," 7 May 2021 Wilcox, relating to her patients, was able to calm the fears of those in labor. cincinnati.com, "'I have to be able to take care of myself in order to take care of them.' Moms share joy, anxiety in a pandemic," 7 May 2021 While the sharp slowdown in hiring could calm inflation fears, one measure in the jobs report also showed that wages rose more than economists expected last month. Stan Choe, Star Tribune, "Stocks rally to records after grim jobs data undercuts rates," 7 May 2021 Limited research published as recently as 2016 has suggested that the use of singing bowls can help reduce anxiety and depression, as well as calm the nervous system. Nikhita Mahtani, Good Housekeeping, "How Singing Bowls May Enhance Your Wellness Routine, According to Therapy Experts," 6 May 2021 Guide your child to calm her mind and problem-solve. John Duffy, CNN, "Teen stress has been heightened by a year of pandemic. Here's how to help them," 4 May 2021 Passalacqua and the critical care team arrived to transport the mom to the Clinic via helicopter, and also had to calm the anxious family. Julie Washington, cleveland, "‘Every transport is different’: Cleveland Clinic paramedic Michael Passalacqua transports critically ill patients: Healthcare Heroes," 3 May 2021 Old gas motors were replaced with state-of-the-art Volvo IPS turbo-diesels with pod drives, gyro-stabilizers were added to calm any roll, and the latest in marine technology—from GPS chart-plotters to joystick controls—became part of the helm. Howard Walker, Robb Report, "Boat of the Week: The World’s Oldest Huckins Cruiser Was Rotting Away. Now It’s Been Resurrected as a Seafaring Restomod.," 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Yang said that officers are trained to appear confident, stay calm and avoid staring or eye contact. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Why Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder when so many other officers are not," 22 Apr. 2021 To deal with this type of explosive, unpredictable boss, stay calm, remain professional, and create distance. Maria Minor, Forbes, "Dealing With A Toxic Boss," 17 Apr. 2021 This is a new phenomenon for everyone from growers to retailers to home gardeners and landscapers, so everyone needs to work together and stay calm about it. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "What a beautiful spring week!," 11 Apr. 2021 Nutritionists advise us to lay off caffeine, sugar and other stimulates to stay calm during the coronavirus crisis. oregonlive, "Is it time to shed some pandemic pounds and that built-up stress? 10 smart ways to eat, sleep better and build a workout plan before summer arrives," 6 Apr. 2021 If bitten, stay calm and call 911 or the Poison Control Centers hotline at 800-222-1222. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, "It's rattlesnake season in Phoenix: Here's how to stay safe while hiking and in your yard," 1 Apr. 2021 Inside, González tried to stay calm, knowing that the police had no reason to detain him. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "Mario González Still Wants to Know Why the Police Held Him After the Atlanta Shooting," 29 Mar. 2021 One thing for certain was Sparrows Point’s ability to stay calm under pressure. Kyle J. Andrews, baltimoresun.com, "Sparrows Point football’s stout defense comes up big in 10-6 victory over Towson," 26 Mar. 2021 Others councilors urged the community to remain calm until all of the facts about the shooting are known. CBS News, "Deputy shoots and kills Black man while serving warrant in North Carolina," 22 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of calm was in the 14th century

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11 May 2021

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“Calm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calm. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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

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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