What does CALM mean?

Definitions for CALM
kɑm; older kæm; spelling pron. kɑlmcalm

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word CALM.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. composure, calm, calmness, equanimitynoun

    steadiness of mind under stress

    "he accepted their problems with composure and she with equanimity"

  2. calm air, calmadjective

    wind moving at less than 1 knot; 0 on the Beaufort scale

  3. calm, unagitated, serene, tranquiladjective

    not agitated; without losing self-possession

    "spoke in a calm voice"; "remained calm throughout the uproar"; "he remained serene in the midst of turbulence"; "a serene expression on her face"; "she became more tranquil"; "tranquil life in the country"

  4. calmverb

    (of weather) free from storm or wind

    "calm seas"

  5. calm, calm down, quiet, tranquilize, tranquillize, tranquillise, quieten, lull, stillverb

    make calm or still

    "quiet the dragons of worry and fear"

  6. steady, calm, becalmverb

    make steady

    "steady yourself"

  7. calm, calm down, cool off, chill out, simmer down, settle down, cool itverb

    become quiet or calm, especially 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."

  8. sedate, calm, tranquilize, tranquillize, tranquilliseverb

    cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to

    "The patient must be sedated before the operation"


  1. calmnoun

    The state of being calm; peacefulness; absence of worry, anger, fear or other strong negative emotion.

  2. calmnoun

    The state of being calm; absence of noise and disturbance.

  3. calmnoun

    A period of time without wind.

  4. calmverb

    To make calm.

  5. calmverb

    To become calm.

  6. calmadjective

    Peaceful, quiet, especially free from anger and anxiety.

  7. calmadjective

    Free of noise and disturbance.

  8. calmadjective

    with little waves on the surface.

  9. Etymology: From calme, from Old calma. calma may derive from cauma, from καῦμα, from καίω, or possibly from caleo, from (Doric) κάλεoς (of the Ionic κήλεος).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CALMadjective

    Etymology: calme, Fr. kalm, Dutch.

    Calm was the day, and, through the trembling air,
    Sweet breathing Zephyrus did softly play
    A gentle spirit, that lightly did allay
    Hot Titan’s beams, which then did glister fair. Edmund Spenser.

    It is no ways congruous, that God should be frightening men into truth, who were made to be wrought upon by calm evidence, and gentle methods of persuasion. Francis Atterbury.

    The queen her speech with calm attention hears,
    Her eyes restrain the silver-streaming tears. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

  2. Calmnoun

    It seemeth most agreeable to reason, that the waters rather stood in a quiet calm, than that they moved with any raging or overbearing violence. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    Every pilot
    Can steer the ship in calms; but he performs
    The skilful part, can manage it in storms. John Denham, Sophy.

    Nor God alone in the still calm we find,
    He mounts the storm, and walks upon the wind. Alexander Pope.

    Great and strange calms usually portend the most violent storms: and therefore, since storms and calms do always follow one another, certainly, of the two, it is much more eligible to have the storm first, and the calm afterwards: since a calm before a storm is commonly a peace of a man’s own making; but a calm after a storm, a peace of God’s. South.

  3. To Calmverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Neptune we find busy in the beginning of the Æneis, to calm the tempest raised by Æolus. Dryden.

    Jesus, whose bare word checked the sea, as much exerts himself in silencing the tempests, and calming the intestine storms within our breasts. Decay of Piety.

    Those passions, which seem somewhat calmed, may be entirely laid asleep, and never more awakened. Francis Atterbury.

    He will’d to stay,
    The sacred rites and hecatombs to pay,
    And calm Minerva’s wrath. Alexander Pope, Odyssey, b. iii. l. 175.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calmnoun

    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

  2. Calmnoun

    to make calm; to render still or quiet, as elements; as, to calm the winds

  3. Calmnoun

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

  4. Calm

    not stormy; without motion, as of winds or waves; still; quiet; serene; undisturbed

  5. Calm

    undisturbed by passion or emotion; not agitated or excited; tranquil; quiet in act or speech

  6. Etymology: [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]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Calm

    käm, adj. still or quiet: serene, tranquil.—n. absence of wind—also in pl.: repose: serenity of feelings or actions.—v.t. to make calm: to quiet.—ns. Calm′ant, Calm′ative—in medical language.—adjs. Calm′ative, Calm′ant, Calmed, Calm′y (Spens.)—adv. Calm′ly.—n. Calm′ness. [Fr. calme (It. calma), from Low L. cauma—Gr. kauma, noonday heat—kai-ein, to burn.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. calm

    There being no wind stirring it is designated flat, dead, or stark, under each of which the surface of the sea is unruffled.

Editors Contribution

  1. calm

    A feeling of balance.

    The cal feeling was of benefit to everyone.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 2, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CALM

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Calm is ranked #157234 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Calm surname appeared 103 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Calm.

    54.3% or 56 total occurrences were White.
    23.3% or 24 total occurrences were Asian.
    16.5% or 17 total occurrences were Black.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'CALM' in Verbs Frequency: #934

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'CALM' in Adjectives Frequency: #820

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of CALM in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of CALM in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of CALM in a Sentence

  1. Mark Twain:

    I admire the serene assurance of those who have religious faith. It is wonderful to observe the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces.

  2. Air Force veteran Michelle Manhart:

    I always have and I will continue to support the college. And I hope that once things calm down maybe they’ll reconsider and lift that ban off of me.

  3. Gwen Stefani:

    The pressure of just wanting it to be so great and it’s such a new place to be. After everything I've done trying to kind of sum it up, you know what I mean? Boil it down, it was a lot and everything went wrong building up to it as always… When you have so much experience in it, you just remain calm because you know it's gonna work out. It has to. Some version of it will work out.

  4. Hamza El-Nakhal:

    While I am disgusted by the action of the Israeli government in preventing Muslim people from doing their prayers in the Masjid Al-Aqsa, I am equally disgusted by any religious leader who does not take the chance (during) high unsettling times to calm their congregations.

  5. Liza Minnelli:

    My mom was my mom, you know, other people think of her as Judy Garland. That's mama. If I get frightened, I'd look at her, and she would somehow know, and she would calm me down. Just by her look.

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Translations for CALM

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  • هادي, هدوءArabic
  • aliqaAymara
  • тынысBashkir
  • затишие, усмирявам, спокоен, тишина, спокойствие, мирен, успокоявам, стихвам, покой, успокоявам се, тих, безветриеBulgarian
  • calm, calmar, calmaCatalan, Valencian
  • klid, uklidnit, klidnýCzech
  • stille, ro, rolig, blive stille, stilhed, blive rolig, berolige, vindstilleDanish
  • Ruhe, beruhigen, ruhig, ruhig stellen, windstill, StilleGerman
  • ηρεμώ, γαλήνιος, ηρεμία, γαλήνη, ήρεμοςGreek
  • serena, trankvilaEsperanto
  • calma, calmado, calmo, sosiegoSpanish
  • آرام, ساکتPersian
  • rauhallinen, tyyni, tyyneys, levollisuus, tyyntyä, pläkä, rauhallisuus, tyynnyttää, tyven, rauhoittua, rauhoittaa, levollinenFinnish
  • tranquille, calmeFrench
  • socairIrish
  • suaimhneach, fèathScottish Gaelic
  • calmarGalician
  • שלווה, רגוע, הרגיע, נרגע, רוגע, שלווHebrew
  • csendes, megnyugszik, megnyugtat, nyugodt, lecsendesít, lecsendesülHungarian
  • հանգիստ, հանգստություն, խաղաղությունArmenian
  • tenangIndonesian
  • kalmigar, kalmeskarIdo
  • calmaItalian
  • לְהַרְגִיעַHebrew
  • 平穏, 無風, 平静, 穏やか, 平安, 静か, 泰平Japanese
  • 고요한Korean
  • cessabitLatin
  • rouegLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ramusLithuanian
  • rāmsLatvian
  • rahopē, mauritauMāori
  • fredelig, roe, vindstille, rolig, beroligeNorwegian
  • afkoelen, kalmeren, rust, kalm, windstilte, vredig, sereniteit, gerust stellen, rustigDutch
  • roleg, roe, fredelegNorwegian Nynorsk
  • roe segNorwegian
  • spokój, uspokajać się, uspokajać, spokojny, uspokoić się, uspokoić, opanowanyPolish
  • tranquilo, calmaria, sossegado, tranquilidade, calma, acalmar, calmo, sossegoPortuguese
  • liniștit, calma, liniște, liniști, calmRomanian
  • покой, спокойный, успокаиваться, успокаивать, тихий, штиль, затишье, безветрие, тишина, спокойствие, успокоиться, успокоитьRussian
  • lugn, vindstilla, stilla, lugna, stiltje, stillhet, bleke, ro, rofylldSwedish
  • sakinTurkish
  • калимTatar
  • پرسکونUrdu
  • רויקYiddish
  • 冷静Chinese

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