the calm/lull before the storm

Definition of the calm/lull before the storm

:a period of quiet that comes before a time of activity, excitement, violence, etc.

Word by Word Definitions

calm play
  1. : a period or condition of freedom from storms, high winds, or rough activity of water

  2. : 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

  3. : a state of tranquility

  1. : to become calm

  2. : to make calm

  1. : marked by calm : still

  2. : free from agitation, excitement, or disturbance

lull play
  1. : to cause to sleep or rest : soothe

  2. : to cause to relax vigilance

  1. : something that lulls

  2. : a temporary pause or decline in activity : such as

  3. : a temporary calm before or during a storm

before play
  1. : in advance : ahead

  2. : at an earlier time

  1. : forward of : in front of

  2. : in the presence of

  3. : under the jurisdiction or consideration of

  1. : earlier than the time that

  2. : sooner or quicker than

  3. : so that … do not

storm play
  1. : a disturbance of the atmosphere marked by wind and usually by rain, snow, hail, sleet, or thunder and lightning

  2. : a heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail

  3. : wind having a speed of 64 to 72 miles (103 to 117 kilometers) per hour

  1. : to blow with violence

  2. : to rain, hail, snow, or sleet vigorously

  3. : to attack by storm


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