placidity

Definitions

  • Canoeing on placid waters
    Canoeing on placid waters
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n placidity a disposition free from stress or emotion
    • n placidity a feeling of calmness; a quiet and undisturbed feeling
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Reversing Falls is in Canada, where the St. John River flows into the Bay of Fundy at St. John, New Brunswick. The rapids at this juncture flows normally at low tide, backwards at high tide. Between tides there is a 15-minute period in which the river is placid and boaters sail by very quickly.
    • n Placidity The quality or state of being placid; calmness; serenity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n placidity The state or character of being placid; tranquillity; peacefulness; quietness; calmness.
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Quotations

  • Joan Sutherland
    Joan Sutherland
    “If I weren't reasonably placid, I don't think I could cope with this sort of life. To be a diva, you've got to be absolutely like a horse.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. placiditas,: cf. F. placidité,

Usage

In literature:

Meantime the bark along the placid bay Of Tamiatis keeps her easy-winding way.
"The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles, Vol. 1" by William Lisle Bowles
Her state of mind is usually placid, and her chief sufferings consist in the harassing cough and a sense of languor.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
Placidity seemed to be the dominating note of her personality.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
Frequently now Hiram looked back, to see perplexity and worry on the usually placid brow of Jerkline Jo.
"The She Boss" by Arthur Preston Hankins
Of these things Dr. Fu-Manchu was well aware, so that his placid speech was doubly, trebly horrible to my ears.
"The Devil Doctor" by Sax Rohmer
The placidity of the Lump was proof even against so severe a blow.
"Happy Pollyooly" by Edgar Jepson
He was small, unmuscular, clean-shaven, erect, placid.
"Gideon's Band" by George W. Cable
Mrs. Raymer was a large and placid matron of the immovable type, and her smile emphasized her opinion of Miss Grierson.
"The Price" by Francis Lynde
He saw that she was perfectly placid and at her ease.
"Ray's Daughter" by Charles King
She wondered at Kate, who sat so placidly playing some song without words, with the Scotch baronet standing by the piano, absorbed.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
Paget smoked placidly, but the heart within him was troubled.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
As she did so she saw herself being looked at with keen but placid eyes.
"Phantom Wires" by Arthur Stringer
Then when the pool had regained its old placidity, with the flecked sky pictured on it, he began his Gaelic story.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
On the placid bosom of the little bay floated forty-four vessels.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Meanwhile, Kagh continued on his placid way toward the black forest wall, just beyond the rail fence.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
The river was most placid and beautiful, and the water wonderfully clear.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
She and her packages and bags were tucked in the buggy and George unhitched the placid Foam Flake.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
He smiled placidly and gratefully as he looked toward the flowers, and stretched out his hand to Madeleine.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
She listened to all tranquilly and then placidly followed her own way.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Sometimes she argued the subject placidly.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
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In poetry:

A lake of majesty
The lion's drowns in it!
And thy placidity
A moon within that lake!
"Bison" by Padraic Colum
And softer than the softest strain
Of music to the ear,
The placid joy we give and gain,
By gratitude sincere.
"Charity to Man" by William Drennan
Yet still he wore his placid smile,
And, trustful in the cheering creed
That strives all sorrow to beguile,
Walked calmly on his way awhile
Ah, breast that leans on breaking reed
Must ever bleed!
"In Memory Of John And Robert Ware" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
How wistfully they close,
Sweet eyes, to their repose!
How quietly declines the placid brow!
The young lips seem to say,
"I have wept much to-day,
And felt some bitter pains, but they are over now."
"The Snowdrop Monument (in Lichfield Cathedral)" by Jean Ingelow
Oh Death, how placid is thy sleep!
The seal of a long dreamless rest;
No breath to sigh, no tear to weep,
No trouble to disturb that breast:
The music of thy voice is o'er,
Thine eye shall wake to light no more!
"Lines, On The Death Of My Friend, Joseph Taylor, Of Oldham." by Samuel Bamford
The stacks of corn, in brown array,
Stand waiting through the placid day,
Like tattered wigwams on the plain;
The tribes that find a shelter there
Are phantom peoples, forms of air,
And ghosts of vanished joy and pain.
"Indian Summer" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

Many of Jersey Shore beaches like Belmar are not officially open yet, so patrons are not required to wear beach badges and skeleton crews of lifeguards are on duty watching over the placid surf.
The North Elba town board doesn't plan to rubber-stamp an agreement with Essex County to provide busing between Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain.
The state-owned Whiteface Mountain ski center near Lake Placid has opened for the season six days ahead of schedule.
Day three of the second annual Adirondack Senior Open, part of the Sunbelt Senior Golf Tour, at the Whiteface Club and Resort inLake Placid.
The second annual Adirondack Senior Open, part of the Sunbelt Senior Golf Tour, will return to the Whiteface Club and Resort in Lake Placid August 27 to 31.
ORDA runs Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, 10 miles down the road from Lake Placid.
Eleanor Lovejoy Woodman died March 23 at her Lake Placid home, surrounded by her loving family.
The Lake Placid Center for the Arts invites everyone to usher in the holidays and celebrate the season of giving at the 26th Annual Joy to the Children Benefit.
The Lake Placid Central School District has taken a step to make up for low special-education test scores the year before last.
Military veteran Miles Kamson had never tried a snow sport before traveling to Paul Smiths and Lake Placid for the Adirondack Adaptive Nordic Ski Camp.
Pics from Beck's Vacation to the Adirondacks /Lake Placid.
After reaching the top, Lake Placid offers a place to unwind.
Although they are located on private property, these three Lake Placid gardens welcome visitors.
We all saw the pictures…a moose trapped in a ravine near Lake Placid.
The Conference Center at Lake Placid held its grand opening a year ago on June 21, and the people in charge of running it say the facility is doing well so far.
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In science:

The following section describes capabilities of agent to communicate and interact. Sections 4 and 5 successively present objectives of PLACID platform and design of the first set of µ -tools intended to validate this platform.
Agent-Based {\mu}-Tools Integrated into a Co-Design Platform
PLACID offers a set of services for use of an environment of virtual co-design (shared objects, services of tasks management and communications, and tools of decision-making aid).
Agent-Based {\mu}-Tools Integrated into a Co-Design Platform
Co-design". This is facilitated by the agent-based design of PLACID.
Agent-Based {\mu}-Tools Integrated into a Co-Design Platform
This figure shows the 3 µ -tools of the Papoticiel which are integrated into PLACID (Papoticiel/chat tool, Agenda/diary tool, Vote/voting tool).
Agent-Based {\mu}-Tools Integrated into a Co-Design Platform
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