calm

calm
calm1 S3 [ka:m US ka:m, ka:lm] adj comparative calmer superlative calmest
1.) relaxed and quiet, not angry, nervous, or upset
Glen was calm and composed at the funeral.
remain/stay/keep calm
I tried to stay calm and just ignore him.
2.) if a place, period of time, or situation is calm, there is less activity, trouble etc than there sometimes is, or than there has been recently
The financial markets are calm at the moment.
The streets are calm again after last night's disturbances.
3.) a sea, lake etc that is calm is smooth or has only gentle waves
The seas were dead calm .
>calmly adv
>calmness n [U]
calm 2
calm2 n [singular, U]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: calme, from Late Latin cauma 'heat'; because everything is quiet and still in the heat of the middle part of the day]
1.) a situation or time that is quiet and peaceful
calm of
They remained on the terrace after dinner, enjoying the calm of the evening.
morning/afternoon/evening calm
A scream shattered the late afternoon calm.
Hindu leaders appealed for calm (=asked that the public stay calm) after a temple was burnt to the ground.
The presence of soldiers helped restore calm .
The last five years have seen a period of relative calm .
2.) the calm before the storm
a calm peaceful situation that will not continue because a big argument, problem etc is coming
calm 3
calm3 also calm down v [I and T]
1.) to become quiet and relaxed after you have been angry, excited, nervous, or upset, or to make someone become quiet and relaxed
He tried to calm the frightened children.
Calm down and tell me what happened.
We have tried to calm people's fears .
calm yourself (down)
She lit a cigarette to calm herself down.
2.) if a situation calms down, it becomes easier to deal with because there are fewer problems and it is not as busy as it was before
It took about six months for things to calm down after we had the baby.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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