Calm (?), n. [OE. calme, F. calme, fr. It. or Sp. calma (cf. Pg. calma heat), prob. fr. LL. cauma heat, fr. Gr. burning heat, fr. 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]

Freodom from motion, agitation, or disturbance; a cessation or abeence of that which causes motion or disturbance, as of winds or waves; tranquility; stilness; 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.


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Calm, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Calmed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Calming.] [Cf. F. calmer. See Calm, n.]


To make calm; to render still or quet, as elements; as, to calm the winds.

To calm the tempest raised by Eolus. Dryden.


To deliver from agitation or excitement; to still or soothe, as the mind or passions.

Passions which seem somewhat calmed. .

Syn. -- To still; quiet; appease; ally; pacigy; tranquilize; soothe; compose; assuage; check; restrain.


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Calm (?), a. [compar. Calmer (?); super. Calmest (?)]


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.


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.


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