A calm lake at sunset.
- 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.
- 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 of calmMiddle English and Old French calme from OIt calma from Late Latin (Vulg.: Job 30:30) cauma, heat, heat of the day (hence, in It, 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
- Nearly or completely motionless; undisturbed: the calm surface of the lake.
- Not excited or agitated; composed: The president was calm throughout the global crisis.
- a. An absence or cessation of motion; stillness.b. 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.
- Tranquility or serenity: “an unaccustomed reticence that I took to be the calm that follows rage” ( Jeanne Marie Laskas )
tr. & intr.v.calmed, calm·ing, calms
Origin of calmMiddle 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
(comparative calmer or more calm, superlative calmest or most calm)
(third-person singular simple present calms, present participle calming, simple past and past participle calmed)
- To make calm.
- to calm a crying baby
- to calm the passions
- (intransitive) To become calm.
From Middle 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 (kaleos) (of the Ionic κήλεος (kēleos, “burning”)).