Definition of calm in English:


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Pronunciation: /kɑːm



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  • 2The absence of wind: in the centre of the storm calm prevailed
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    • 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.
  • 2.1Still air represented by force 0 on the Beaufort scale (less than 1 knot or 1 km/h).
  • 2.2 [count noun] (often calms) An area of the sea without wind: flat calms
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    • 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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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)'.

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