• WordNet 3.6
    • n calming the act of appeasing (as by acceding to the demands of)
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  • Dorothy Parker
    “They sicken at the calm that know the storm.”
  • 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.”
  • Al Oerter
    Al Oerter
    “As long as I can concentrate and remain somewhat calm, I can normally do very well.”
  • 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.”


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


In literature:

The sea, hitherto so calm, tossed and foamed, and the wind howled and shrieked through the rigging.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
We had done so even when there was a breeze; it now fell calm.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Calm and collected as the two lovers believed themselves, many eyes on board had been watching their proceedings.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
Stella clearly comprehended the danger, and watched with admiration the cool and calm bearing of the officers.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
But the calms lasted scarcely long enough to have the fires lighted before the ship was again under sail.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
Every movement of his showed that he was calm, and knew perfectly what he was about.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
About midnight Nancy came in and told me that Mary was sleeping more calmly than she had done since she was taken ill.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
There was no moon, but the sky was clear, and the stars overhead shone brightly forth into the calm, silent water beneath them.
"Salt Water" by W. H. G. Kingston
The captain stood perfectly calm, with Walter by his side.
"The South Sea Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
Then, once more, Nathanael took his wife in his arms, and became calm in calming her.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)

In poetry:

The story I did never scan
With vision calm and strong;
Have never tried to see the Man,
The many words among.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
"If I disturb thy calm retreat,
Divinely calm indeed,
The noble servant at thy feet,
May for my pardon plead."
"The Hermit's Dog" by William Hayley
What has been will be,
'Tis the under law of life;
'Tis the song of sky and sea,
To the key of calm and strife.
"Inevitable" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Yet not for ever did that mood
Of sullen calm prevail;
There was a something in his eye
That told another tale.
"A Prisoner in a Dungeon Deep" by Anne Bronte
Then sweetly rose the singer's voice,
Amid unwonted calm:
"Am I a soldier of the cross
A follower of the lamb."
"Mother's Songs" by Frank Barbour Coffin
There, too, in calm of holy rest,
My weary head shall be,
As if it lay upon His breast
Who gave Himself for me.
"Holy Communion" by Samuel John Stone

In news:

He made a "calm and civil" attempt at answering five questions posed in my May 26 letter.
" He made a "calm and civil" attempt at answering five questions posed in my May 26 lette.
Abram Elam brings calm to secondary.
After months of calm, electrical storm sure to pass through Vero Beach.
The crowd was calm today outside the Miami home of Lazaro Gonzalez, where six-year-old Elian has lived since his rescue from sea five months ago.
According to Thalman, part of the Eli game-plan will be to play with a calm style that focuses on moving the ball well.
Need a calm, quiet place to recharge before (or after) next week's festivities.
After the musicians calmly took the stage, a bandana-clad audience member shouted, "Titus, fuck yeah".
In a profession whose currency is information that multiplies by the second, keeping calm could be a challenge.
Ahmadinejad Asks Backers for Calm.
With soothing sounds, pleasing aromas and a calming interior design, people are entering a world of relaxation when they walk through the doors of a new Jamestown business.
PBS's calm and evenhanded 'God in America'.
Haitians are "hungry but calm".
David Kenyon leans over to calm Baby Doll during services at the Gateway to the High Country Cowboy Church on Monday.
Which had announced the potential "calming" -- soon seemed to pull back on their statements.

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
The high-frequency noise level in Lake Baikal can be as low as ∼ 1 mPa (horizontal line in Fig. 4), and is comparable to 3 mPa ambient acoustic noise for calm sea .
A prototype device for acoustic neutrino detection in Lake Baikal
Temperatures ranged from +2 to −10 C, while the wind was mostly calm with some periods of speeds up to 10 m/s.
Near-Field Radio Holography of Large Reflector Antennas