An example of peaceful is a warm, quiet summer day.
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.
An example of calm is an atmosphere where no one is fighting or arguing and there is no stress or tension.
The calm surface of the lake.
The president was calm throughout the global crisis.
To calm a crying baby.
To calm the passions.
A warm bath will calm you. After the storm, the air calmed.
Origin of calm
- 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
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”)).