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Definition of calm noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [countable, uncountable]
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  1. 1a quiet and peaceful time or situation the calm of the early morning The police appealed for calm.
  2. 2a quiet and relaxed manner Her previous calm gave way to terror. Alex spoke with studied calm.
  3. Which Word?calm / calmness The noun calm is usually used to talk about a peaceful time or situation:There was a short period of uneasy calm after the riot.It can also be used to describe a person’s manner:She spoke with an icy calm.Calmness is usually used to talk about a person:We admired her calmness under pressure.Idioms
    the calm before the storm
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    a calm time immediately before an expected period of violent activity or argument
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: calm

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