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calm


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Calm  \Calm\  (k[aum]m),  n.  [OE.  calme,  F.  calme,  fr  It  or  Sp 
  calma  (cf.  Pg  calma  heat),  prob.  fr  LL  cauma  heat,  fr  Gr 
  kay^ma  burning  heat,  fr  kai`ein  to  burn;  either  because 
  during  a  great  heat  there  is  generally  also  a  calm,  or 
  because  the  hot  time  of  the  day  obliges  us  seek  for  shade  and 
  quiet;  cf  {Caustic}] 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Calm  \Calm\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Calmed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Calming}.]  [Cf.  F.  calmer.  See  {Calm},  n.] 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Calm  \Calm\  (k[aum]m),  a.  [Compar.  {Calmer}  (-[~e]r);  super. 
  {Calmest}  (-[e^]st)] 
  1.  Not  stormy;  without  motion,  as  of  winds  or  waves;  still 
  quiet;  serene;  undisturbed.  ``Calm  was  the  day.'' 
  --Spenser. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  calm 
  adj  1:  not  agitated;  without  losing  self-possession;  "spoke  in  a 
  calm  voice";  "remained  calm  throughout  the  uproar" 
  [syn:  {unagitated}] 
  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}, 
  {quieten},  {lull},  {still}]  [ant:  {agitate}] 
  2:  make  steady;  "steady  your  hands"  [syn:  {steady},  {becalm}] 
  3:  become  quiet  or  calm,  esp.  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;  "The  patient  must  be  sedated 
  before  the  operation"  [syn:  {sedate},  {tranquilize},  {tranquillize}] 
  [ant:  {stimulate}] 




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