calm /ˈkɑm, ˈkɑlm, ˈkæm, ˈkɔ(l)m, ||ˈkɑm/
Calm n. 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 p. pr. & vb. n. Calming.]
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 a. [Compar. Calmer superl. Calmest ]
1. Not stormy; without motion, as of winds or waves; still; quiet; serene; undisturbed. “Calm was the day.”
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.
adj 1: not agitated; without losing self-possession; "spoke in a
calm voice"; "remained calm throughout the uproar"
2: characterized by absence of emotional agitation; "calm
acceptance of the inevitable"; "remained serene in the
midst of turbulence"; "a serene expression on her face";
"she became more tranquil"; "tranquil life in the country"
[syn: serene, tranquil]
3: (of weather) free from storm or wind; "calm seas" [ant: stormy]
4: marked by freedom from agitation or excitement; "the rioters
gradually became calm and slowly dispersed"
n : steadiness of mind under stress; "he accepted their problems
with composure and she with equanimity" [syn: composure,
calmness, equanimity] [ant: discomposure]
v 1: make calm or still; "quiet the dragons of worry and fear"
[syn: calm down, quiet, tranquilize, tranquillize,
tranquillise, quieten, lull, still] [ant: agitate]
2: make steady; "steady yourself" [syn: steady, becalm]
3: become quiet or calm, especially after a state of agitation;
"After the fight both men need to cool off."; "It took a
while after the baby was born for things to settle down
again." [syn: calm down, cool off, chill out, simmer
down, settle down, cool it]
4: cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to;
"The patient must be sedated before the operation" [syn: sedate,
tranquilize, tranquillize, tranquillise] [ant: stimulate]