- The definition of calm is someone or something who is peaceful and free from stress or worries.
An example of peaceful is a warm, quiet summer day.
- Calm is defined as a state of peace and tranquility.
An example of calm is an atmosphere where no one is fighting or arguing and there is no stress or tension.
- To calm means to soothe and pacify someone to make him free of stress, or to become free of stress yourself.
- An example of calm is what you are doing when you rock a baby to try to make him stop crying and fussing.
- An example of calm is the change in the atmosphere when a baby gradually stops crying and fussing.
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- lack of wind or motion; stillness
- lack of agitation or excitement; tranquillity; serenity
- Meteorol. a condition in which the air movement is less than one mile per hour
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French calme ; from OIt calma ; from Late Latin (Vulg.: Job 30:30) cauma, heat, heat of the day (hence, inch(es) Italian time to rest, quiet: see siesta) ; from Classical Greek kauma, heat, especially of the sun ; from kaiein, to burn; Italian spelling, spelled influenced, influence by Classical Latin calere, to be hot
- without wind or motion; still; quiet
- not agitated or excited; tranquil or cool
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adjective calm·er, calm·est
- Nearly or completely motionless; undisturbed: the calm surface of the lake.
- Not excited or agitated; composed: The President was calm throughout the global crisis.
- An absence or cessation of motion; stillness.
- Serenity; tranquillity; peace.
- A condition of no wind or a wind with a speed of less than 1 knot (1.15 miles per hour; 1.9 kilometers per hour), according to the Beaufort scale.
Origin: Middle English calme, from Old French, from Old Italian calmo, from Late Latin cauma, heat of the day, resting place in the heat of the day, from Greek kauma, burning heat, from kaiein, to burn. N., from Middle English calme, from Italian calma, from Vulgar Latin *calma, from Late Latin.
- calmˈly adverb
- calmˈness noun