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Meaning of calm by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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” ) ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /kɑːm/, X-SAMPA: /kA:m/
    • ( US ) IPA: /kɑm/, /kɑlm/, X-SAMPA: /kAm/, /kAlm/
    • Rhymes: -ɑːm


    calm ( comparative calmer or more calm, superlative calmest or most calm )

    1. ( of a person ) Peaceful, quiet, especially free from anger and anxiety .
    2. ( of a place or situation ) Free of noise and disturbance .
    3. ( of water ) with little waves on the surface .


    • See also Wikisaurus:calm


    • stressed, nervous, anxious

    Derived terms


    calm ( plural: calms )

    1. ( in a person ) The state of being calm; peacefulness; absence of worry, anger, fear or other strong negative emotion .
    2. ( in a place or situation ) The state of being calm; absence of noise and disturbance .
    3. A period of time without wind .


    • See also Wikisaurus:calmness

    Derived terms

    • ice-calm



    • clam

Explanation of calm by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to

    2. make steady

    3. become quiet or calm, especially after a state of agitation

    4. make calm or still

    1. ( of weather ) free from storm or wind

    2. calm seas
    3. not agitated

    4. spoke in a calm voice
      remained calm throughout the uproar
    1. steadiness of mind under stress

    2. wind moving at less than 1 knot

    Definition of calm by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.