- 1(Of a person, action, or manner) not showing or feeling nervousness, anger, or other emotions: keep calm, she told herself his voice was calmMore example sentences
- Everyone knew her time was come, but they tried to keep calm faces for her sake.
- As I see it, it is vital that you keep calm and happy so our baby will have a chance to get off to a good start in life.
- Always behave like a duck - keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.
- 1.1(Of a place) peaceful, especially in contrast to recent violent activity: the city was reported to be calm, but army patrols remainedMore example sentences
- Despite his ill temper, however, every day that he spends in the calm atmosphere of the peaceful village seems to soften him.
- Police disclosed that the town was calm and peaceful, and no complaints or damage from the tourists were reported so far.
- Close your eyes as you breathe and picture a calm place.
- 2(Of the weather) pleasantly free from wind: the night was clear and calmMore example sentences
- In New Zealand lake water can be stored while wind power is available and used in calm weather.
- Some of these failures occur during perfectly calm weather.
- When the wind blows, it can be a fearsome proposition, yet, like all links, it is vulnerable when the weather is calm and placid.
- 2.1(Of the sea) not disturbed by large waves.More example sentences
- Even in calm seas, the waves breaking over a reef are dangerous.
- It was really nice just to follow the cliffs and look down onto a dead calm sea with a setting sun in the west giving the whole scene a nice warm glow.
- I'd do a brief but deep meditation - start by visualising a calm sea and synchronising your breath to the waves.
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- 1The absence of violent or confrontational activity within a place or group: the elections proceeded in an atmosphere of relative calm [in singular]: an edgy calm reigned in the capitalMore example sentences
- In some cases, the woman's fatal response occurs during a period of relative calm in the violence such as after a battering incident has already occurred.
- After a period of relative calm, things are beginning to get hectic all over again for Allison.
- For gamblers used to the relative calm of Las Vegas, the feeding frenzy in Macao can be a bit of a shock.
- 1.1The absence of nervousness, agitation, or excitement in a person: his usual calm deserted himMore example sentences
- The blog praised him today for finally showing some passion, something different than his usual state of eerie calm.
- When he spoke, he's surrounded by his usual air of self-confidence, calm, indifference and superiority.
- Vermeer, despite all his appearance of remoteness and calm, is strong meat.
- 2The absence of wind: in the center of the storm calm prevailedMore example sentences
- There has been sunshine, hail, rain, sleet, wind and calm all within minutes of each other, but more often at the same time; a tangible oxymoron.
- For example, if you use the helium balloon with the light wind kite it will fly in that period between light winds and flat calm.
- Some people dozed during this eerie calm only to be awakened by rushing, howling winds when the back side of the hurricane struck.
- 2.2 (often calms) An area of the sea without wind.More example sentences
- The big challenge ahead is the notorious Doldrum belt, where the trade winds in the northern hemisphere cancel out those to the south, producing a vast area of squalls and calms where boats can stall for days.
- The crew's morale bottomed out when the Wave Warrior hit the Doldrums, an area near the equator that is notorious for its calms and its light, shifting winds.
- Ask any fisherman what his greatest enemies are and high on the list will come midges, flat calms and leaking waders.
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- 1Make (someone) tranquil and quiet; soothe: I took him inside and tried to calm him down he lit a cigarette to calm his nerves (as adjective calming) a cup of tea will have a calming effectMore example sentences
- After eventually calming the woman down and assuring her they mean no harm they take her to shelter in a nearby house.
- Strangely, the song calmed people down and stopped them from running too far.
- They helped and calmed the victims and certainly prevented the patients from deteriorating further.
- 1.1 [no object] (calm down) (Of a person) become tranquil and quiet: gradually I calmed down and lost my anxietyMore example sentences
- It could be a matter of sitting in a quiet room, or walking in a park, or going to a church, and then gradually and gently calming down.
- When the drugs take affect she calms down and stops yelling.
- After calming down and finishing my homework, I went to bed.
the calm before the storm
- see storm.
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- They have already, we note, calmly written their answer down some time before.
- She calmly took a gun from her glove compartment and shot all three dead.
- I give up reading my book on effective dough-making, leave the book on my lap and breath calmly.
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- You should find that your anxiety, anger and lack of calmness will change into serenity and balance.
- In typically low dosages it provides a moderate euphoria and calmness.
- He battled his final illness with calmness and perseverance, even then communicating his love to his wife.
late Middle English: via one of the Romance languages from Greek kauma 'heat (of the day)'.