Definition of calm noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kɑːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːm//
    [countable, uncountable]
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  1. 1  a quiet and peaceful time or situation the calm of a summer evening The police appealed for calm.
  2. 2a time when there is no wind They landed in a flat calm.
  3. 3a quiet and relaxed manner Her previous calm gave way to terror. Alex spoke with studied calm. 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 icy calm. Calmness is usually used to talk about a person:We admired his calmness under pressure.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: via one of the Romance languages from Greek kauma ‘heat (of the day)’.Extra examples ‘I’m calling the police!’ he stated with deadly calm. After the bomb, an uneasy calm settled on the city. Calm had been restored to the capital. He struggled to maintain his calm as they waited. Seals basked on boulders in a flat calm. She felt not fear, but a kind of dead calm. The calm was shattered by the sound of an explosion. The government appealed for calm after the riots broke out. The water was a dead calm. Under his apparent calm lay real anxiety. With a forced calm she said, ‘How do you know?’ the pursuit of inner calm An uneasy calm descended on the streets. Many children regarded their school as an oasis of calm away from the war-torn streets. The elections took place in an atmospere of relative calm. The police appealed for calm. We sat together for a while in the calm of the evening. We took this to be the calm before the storm.Idioms
    the calm before the storm
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    a calm time immediately before an expected period of violent activity or argument
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