- ( UK ) IPA: /kɑːm/, X-SAMPA: /kA:m/
- ( US ) IPA: /kɑm/, /kɑlm/, X-SAMPA: /kAm/, /kAlm/
- Rhymes: -ɑːm
- See also Wikisaurus:calm
- stressed, nervous, anxious
- See also Wikisaurus:calmness
From Old French calme, from Old Italian calma. Calma may derive from Latin cauma ( “heat of the midday sun” ), from Ancient Greek καῦμα ( kauma, “heat, especially of the sun” ), from καίω ( kaiō, “I burn” ), or possibly from Latin caleō, from Ancient Greek ( Doric ) κάλεoς ( of the Ionic κήλεος ( “burning” ) ) .
calm ( plural: calms )
Explanation of calm by Wordnet Dictionary
- calm seas
- Calm ( käm ), n. [OE. calme, F. calme, fr. It. or Sp. calma ( cf. Pg. calma heat ), prob. fr. LL. cauma heat, fr. Gr. καῦμα burning heat, fr. καίειν 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] 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. Mark. iv. 39.
A calm before a storm is commonly a peace of a man's own making. South.
- Calm, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Calmed ( kämd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Calming.] [Cf. F. calmer. See Calm, n.]
1. To make calm; to render still or quiet, as elements; as, “to calm the winds”.
To calm the tempest raised by Eolus. Dryden.
2. To deliver from agitation or excitement; to still or soothe, as the mind or passions.
Passions which seem somewhat calmed. Atterbury.
Syn. -- To still; quiet; appease; allay; pacify; tranquilize; soothe; compose; assuage; check; restrain.
- Calm ( käm ), a. [Compar. Calmer ( -ẽr ); superl. Calmest ( -ĕst )]
1. Not stormy; without motion, as of winds or waves; still; quiet; serene; undisturbed. “Calm was the day.” Spenser.
Now all is calm, and fresh, and still. Bryant.
2. Undisturbed by passion or emotion; not agitated or excited; tranquil; quiet in act or speech. “Calm and sinless peace.” Milton. “With calm attention.” Pope.
Such calm old age as conscience pure
And self-commanding hearts ensure. Keble.
Syn. -- Still; quiet; undisturbed; tranquil; peaceful; serene; composed; unruffled; sedate; collected; placid.
Definition of calm by GCIDE Dictionary