calm

noun
\ ˈkäm How to pronounce calm (audio) , ˈkälm How to pronounce calm (audio) , ˈkam, ˈkȯ(l)m \

Essential Meaning of calm

1 : a quiet and peaceful state or condition After two days of violent protests, the mayor appealed/pleaded for calm. The calm was broken by another terrorist bombing. See More Examplesthe calm of a church Police tried to restore calm after the riot. A quiet calm settled over the city.Hide
2 : a peaceful mental or emotional state

Full 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 With his white beard, colorful turbans, flowing cloaks, walking stick and silver bracelets and rings, Mr. Smith had a striking presence, with the unperturbable calm of a holy man. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Oct. 2021 With his white beard, colorful turbans, flowing cloaks, walking stick and silver bracelets and rings, Mr. Smith had a striking presence, with the unperturbable calm of a holy man. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 The relative calm produced by the agreement has unraveled in recent months as Russian and Assad regime warplanes have steadily increased their attacks on the northwest, according to Turkish officials and Syrian rebels. Jared Malsin, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2021 The fat man was still sitting with the same imperturbable calm. Vladimir Sorokin, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 The recent drop in prices since August 2020 is just the calm before another leg up in a continuing bull market, a veteran analyst says. Simon Constable, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 The bicycle ride to Kamouraska and back, some 40 miles or 64 kilometers, passes misty islands and banks of fog wedged into coves under a sky that always seems turbulent, except in the early morning calm. Calvin Woodward, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 But now, 28 years later, newer methods are reviving the possibility that music can be the calm that prevents the brain’s electrical storm. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 20 Sep. 2021 Here's to the calm before the storm of being parents to two gremlins. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fortunately, fall is not a season prone to anything quite that intense so, things should calm down. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 23 Sep. 2021 His position on the new Wall Street: everybody calm down. Kevin T. Dugan, Fortune, 14 Sep. 2021 Vaccinating them will calm the fears of parents, teachers, and epidemiologists. Daniela Mohor W., CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 Altogether, at least 1,200 workers from all over the country helped prosecute the storm and calm the fears of customers, who phoned into call service centers around the Southeast — to the tune of 200,000 in one day alone. Ken Silverstein, Forbes, 5 Sep. 2021 Regardless of all the offensive new blood, the significant amount of returning talent on both sides of the ball can calm any Week 1 nerves. Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 If the past month has felt a bit too chaotic and fiery for you, things are about to calm down — and fast. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 19 Aug. 2021 This mindfulness practice can calm your nervous system and bring you a bit of peace in your day. Give thanks. Noel Cody, Essence, 18 Aug. 2021 The hope will be to calm things down and, especially in contacts with Israel, find a way of at least slowing the pace of Iran’s nuclear program that stops short of military action. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sharing her thoughts helps Cameron remain calm in net, especially in challenging games for West Bridgewater (3-2-2) against foes like Falmouth and Oliver Ames. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Sep. 2021 Carl Borg, the editor for Outforia, said someone who is bitten should remain calm to help slow the venom from spreading. Malak Silmi, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Sep. 2021 The other man whom Hayes identified as his cousin urged him to remain calm and wait for his girlfriend, who was not identified, to come to the door. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2021 Winds should remain relatively calm all weekend leading to wave highs less than one foot each day. Mike Rose, cleveland, 26 Aug. 2021 The spokesman urged residents of the capital to remain calm. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 15 Aug. 2021 Skies look to stay clear and winds nearly, if not fully, calm. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 The ability to stay calm in the face of chaos has served Pierce well throughout his life. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Aug. 2021 With at least 15 garlic varieties, Kosmeder advised people to stay calm. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Aug. 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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14 Oct 2021

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“Calm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calm. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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