• WordNet 3.6
    • adj calm (of weather) free from storm or wind "calm seas"
    • adj calm not agitated; without losing self-possession "spoke in a calm voice","remained calm throughout the uproar","he remained serene in the midst of turbulence","a serene expression on her face","she became more tranquil","tranquil life in the country"
    • v calm cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to "The patient must be sedated before the operation"
    • v calm make steady "steady yourself"
    • v calm become quiet or calm, especially after a state of agitation "After the fight both men need to cool off.","It took a while after the baby was born for things to settle down again."
    • v calm make calm or still "quiet the dragons of worry and fear"
    • n calm steadiness of mind under stress "he accepted their problems with composure and she with equanimity"
    • n calm wind moving at less than 1 knot; 0 on the Beaufort scale
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The more a person struggles to get out of quicksand the faster they will sink. Staying still, and being calm will actually make the body float in the quicksand because the body is less dense than the quicksand is
    • n Calm käm Freedom from motion, agitation, or disturbance; a cessation or absence of that which causes motion or disturbance, as of winds or waves; tranquility; stillness; quiet; serenity. "The wind ceased, and there was a great calm .""A calm before a storm is commonly a peace of a man's own making."
    • Calm Not stormy; without motion, as of winds or waves; still; quiet; serene; undisturbed. "Calm was the day.""Now all is calm , and fresh, and still."
    • Calm To deliver from agitation or excitement; to still or soothe, as the mind or passions. "Passions which seem somewhat calmed ."
    • Calm To make calm; to render still or quiet, as elements; as, to calm the winds. "To calm the tempest raised by Eolus."
    • Calm Undisturbed by passion or emotion; not agitated or excited; tranquil; quiet in act or speech. "Calm and sinless peace.""With calm attention.""Such calm old age as conscience pure
      And self-commanding hearts ensure."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The colour blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones
    • n calm The condition of being without motion, agitation, or disturbance; stillness: properly of the air, and hence of the sea and of the weather in general.
    • n calm Freedom from mental agitation or passion; tranquillity; quiet; serenity.
    • n calm The scum of liquor.
    • calm Without motion; still; not stormy; undisturbed; not agitated; serene.
    • calm Free from mental agitation; undisturbed by passion; not agitated or excited; quiet; serene; tranquil, as the mind, temper, or attention: as, “calm words,”
    • calm Synonyms Calm, Placid, Tranquil, Serene, Quiet, Cool, Composed, Collected, smooth, peaceful, unruffled, imperturbable. All the italicized words, when applied to the mind, still suggest the physical phenomena which they primarily denote. Calm implies that the mind remains unagitated, even by care and anxiety. There is a tendency to use the word to express the most complete mastery of the emotions; but it is also used for the mere outward manner: as, in spite of his anger, he remained calm. Placid is by derivation associated with the notion of pleasure; it generally applies to that which belongs to the nature, but is also especially used of the face: as, a placid smile. Tranquil implies not so much a mastery of self amid disturbing circumstances as freedom from that which agitates, a settled calm. Serene, by its association with the aspects of the sky, implies an exalted calm, a tranquillity that rises above clouds or storms. Quiet, when applied to the disposition, implies that the person is naturally silent and undemonstrative; externally it implies that one is free from annoyances: as, to leave him in quiet. Like tranquil, but unlike the rest, it is not suggestive of a triumph of self-control over natural agitation of feelings or confusion of mind. Cool is the opposite of heated; it indicates that state in which the heat of feeling is perfectly kept down, so that the intellectual faculties are not hindered from their best operation. Composed is applicable to the state of both thoughts and feelings, while collected, gathered together, can be used only with reference to the thoughts. Composed differs from collected also in expressing, like calm, merely a frame of mind; while collected, like cool, expresses a readiness for action with the full and unimpeded force of the mind. See apathy.
    • calm To still; quiet, as the wind or elements.
    • calm To still, appease, allay, or pacify, as the mind or passions.
    • calm To becalm.
    • calm To become calm or quiet: as, the tempest now began to calm.
    • n calm A cog of a wheel.
    • n calm plural A mold; a frame, etc.
    • n calm plural The small cords through which the warp is passed in a loom.
    • n calm A dialectal form of qualm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • adj Calm käm still or quiet: serene, tranquil
    • n Calm absence of wind—also in pl.: repose: serenity of feelings or actions
    • v.t Calm to make calm: to quiet
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  • Plato
    “Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom. When the passions have relaxed their hold and have escaped, not from one master, but from many.”
  • Buddha
    “Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.”
  • Dwight Gooden
    Dwight Gooden
    “I don't feel any pressure. I just try to stay calm, follow my game plan and try not to overthrown.”
  • Lord Byron
    “There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.”
  • Ralph H. Blum
    Ralph H. Blum
    “There is a calmness to a life lived in Gratitude, a quiet joy.”
  • Pierre Corneille
    “One often calms one's grief by recounting it.”


Calm before the storm - A calm time immediately before period of violent activity or argument is the calm before the storm.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. calme, F. calme, fr. It. or Sp. calma,cf. Pg. calma, heat), prob. fr. LL. cauma, heat, fr. Gr. kay^ma burning heat, fr. kai`ein to burn; either because during a great heat there is generally also a calm, or because the hot time of the day obliges us seek for shade and quiet; cf. Caustic


In literature:

One fine calm morning the marines had been called out to drill.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
The dreaming city seemed to be still brooding in the autumn calm over the long succession of her sons.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
There, there, be calm, my darling.
"Witness to the Deed" by George Manville Fenn
Calm flowed upon him.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Implies that from the weather being calm, and not a breath of wind blowing, the sails hang loose against the mast.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
For an instant the strong calm which he had hitherto shown seemed to desert him.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Sitting calm he undid it deliberately.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Gradually Sor Tommaso became more calm.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Not things like these; she was calm, very calm.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
I tried to continue, but something prevented me, and I became suddenly calm again.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne

In poetry:

Soon she will disappear
into the calm
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
Calm in his cradle
The living lies.
May love and mercy
Unclose his eyes!
"Ecce Puer" by James Joyce
Calm thy current flowing
Ripples on,
Pang nor memory showing
For what's gone.
"Autumn" by Manmohan Ghose
The Trade exultant,
The Doldrum calm,
The long surf creaming
On shores of palm:
"Portrait Of A Lady-2" by Cicely Fox Smith
In the dim counties
we take the long calm
Lilting no haziness,
sequel or psalm.
"In the Dim Counties" by John Shaw Neilson
In the valley of my life
Sings a "Singing-Bird",
And its voice thro' calm and strife
Is sweetly heard.
"Singing-Bird" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

Davey Johnson is calm under fire (alarm).
Can we all just calm down a little.
Public input sought for flood-control project Wednesday hearing in East Palo Alto to focus on plans to calm San Francisquito Creek.
Forgetful , witness to calming waterfall.
Corey Carter could hear snippets of music in his head — a calm and subtle melody that hadn't found its shape.
Calm down, True Blood fans.
Searching for Calm in Bond Markets.
When she threw a tantrum as her family boarded a recent JetBlue flight, her parents did their best to calm her down.
They are just learning to be sociable and are quite calm for their age.
A daughter relives her stormy relationship with her mother and the way she finally found the calm within it.
We are familiar with the story of Jesus calming the storm.
But this Sunday these two come together and we have two different storms, but both need calming.
But he calmed down and matured into a gregarious family man with a quirky sense of humor.
Beautiful weather and calm water on the Grasse River made for a fun weekend of canoe and kayak racing at the 21st Madrid Canoe Regatta June 9 and 10 at the Madrid Community Park.
'The Grace of God and the Mailed Fist': A Calm Sunday Abruptly Shattered.

In science:

As in the experimental data, the fluctuation of the power in a given band shows marked ’bursts’ after periods of calm.
On random graphs and the statistical mechanics of granular matter
During this period the wind was calm (< 5 m/s) and temperature changes of 15 C were encountered. A later 5 day series in mid June gave RMS errors from 22-26 µm with temperature variation up to 20 C, wind speeds up to 10 m/s and periods of full sunshine.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
Temperatures ranged from +2 to −10 C, while the wind was mostly calm with some periods of speeds up to 10 m/s.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
Gorse (normalised) or CALM Spinifex (normalised)) in which the FMC plays a minor role in determining the ROS, strongly exponential (e.g.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
CALM-Spinifex), appears to be the most robust in terms of range of FMC values and experimentation.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models