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adj. calm·er, calm·est
1. Nearly or completely motionless; undisturbed: the calm surface of the lake.
2. Not excited or agitated; composed: The president was calm throughout the global crisis.
a. An absence or cessation of motion; stillness.
b. A condition of no wind or a wind with a speed of less than 1 knot (1.15 miles per hour; 1.9 kilometers per hour), according to the Beaufort scale.
2. Tranquility or serenity: "an unaccustomed reticence that I took to be the calm that follows rage" (Jeanne Marie Laskas).
tr. & intr.v. calmed, calm·ing, calms
To make or become calm or quiet: A warm bath will calm you. After the storm, the air calmed.

[Middle English calme, from Old French, from Old Italian calmo, from Late Latin cauma, heat of the day, resting place in the heat of the day, from Greek kauma, burning heat, from kaiein, to burn. N., from Middle English calme, from Italian calma, from Vulgar Latin *calma, from Late Latin.]

calm′ly adv.
calm′ness n.
Synonyms: calm, peaceful, placid, serene, tranquil
These adjectives denote absence of excitement or disturbance: calm acceptance of the inevitable; a peaceful hike through the scenic hills; a soothing, placid temperament; spent a serene, restful weekend at the lake; hoped for a more tranquil life in the country. See Also Synonyms at cool.
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  1. Calm as a bathtub —George Garrett
  2. Calm as a Buddhist —Elizabeth Taylor
  3. Calm as a convent —Anon
  4. Calm as a cud-chewing cow —Harold Adams
  5. Calm as a frozen lake when ruthless winds blow fiercely —William Wordsworth
  6. Calm as a gliding moon —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  7. Calm as a marble head —Eudora Welty
  8. (I’m) calm as a Mediterranean sky —Frank Swinnerton
  9. Calm as a mirror —Alexandre Dumas, pere
  10. (The sky was) calm as an aquarium —Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  11. Calm as an iceberg —Gelett Burgess
  12. Calm as a slumbering babe —Percy Bysshe Shelley

    As part of our daily language this has evolved into “Calm as a sleeping baby.”

  13. (Said it as) calm as a virgin discussing flower arrangement —George MacDonald Fraser
  14. Calm as beauty —Robert Browning
  15. Calm as dewdrops —William Wordsworth
  16. Calm as fate —John Greenleaf Whittier
  17. Calm as glass —Charlotte Bronte
  18. Calm as ice —Nathaniel Hawthorne
  19. Calm as if she were sitting for her portrait —Henry James
  20. Calm as in the days when all was right —Friedrich von Schiller
  21. Calm as night —Victor Hugo
  22. (Voice) calm as the deepest cold —Sharon Sheehe Stark
  23. Calm as the sky after a day of storm —Voltaire
  24. Calm as virtue —William Shakespeare
  25. Calm as water in a glass —standing water in clean cut glass —Reynolds Price
  26. Calm descended (on the pool hall) as nerve shattering as if the (long barnlike) room were the ship from which Jonah had been cast into the sea —Flannery O’Connor
  27. Calmed down, like a Corinthian column —John Ashbery
  28. A calm … like the deep sleep which follows an orgy —Mark Twain
  29. Cold as cucumbers —Beaumont and Fletcher

    In its original meaning this referred to sexual coldness. As currently used it means being calm, collected, or “Cool as a cucumber.” Poet Stevie Smith used the simile as a title for a poem which begins with this and two other cliches to describe the subject of the poem, a girl named Mary: “Cool as a cucumber calm as a mill pond sound as a bell was Mary.” (Ed: The quote from the Smith poem has no commas!)

  30. Cool and collected as a dean sitting in his deanery —Ogden Nash
  31. Cool and ordinary as a gallon of buttermilk —Borden Deal
  32. Cool as a Buddha —Jan Epton Seale

    The simile, from a short story about a new mother entitled Reluctant Madonna, reads as follows in full context: “Christie intends to be cool as a Buddha about this baby. Unflappable.”

  33. Cool as a cop with a clipboard —Gary Gildner
  34. Cool as a cube of cucumber on ice —Carl Sandburg

    This extension of the familiar “Cool as a cucumber” is particularly apt in Sandburg’s epic, The People, Yes, which beautifully and cleverly incorporates many familiar similes.

  35. Cool as a frozen daiquiri —Linda Barnes
  36. Cool as an Easter lily —Erich Maria Remarque
  37. Cool as a quarterback —Dan Wakefield
  38. (He was) cool as a refrigerator —R.A.J. Walling
  39. Cool as a veteran horse race jockey —Carl Sandburg
  40. Cool as lettuce —Jay Parini
  41. (He’s as) cool as the other side of your pillow —Merlin Olsen, NBC-TV broadcaster, about Ken O’Brien, quarterback for the Jets, January, 1987
  42. Expression … as calm and collected as that of a doctor by a patient’s bedside —Stefan Zweig
  43. Felt a certain calm fall over me like a cloak —R. Wright Campbell
  44. Have kept composure, like captives who would not talk under torture —Richard Wilbur
  45. His calmness was like the sureness of money in the bank —Anzia Yezierska
  46. Looked as cool as a yellow diamond —Robert Campbell
  47. Looking calm as an eggshell —Edith Wharton
  48. (The April morning) mellow as milk —Sharon Sheehe Stark
  49. Mellow as moonlight —Slogan, Vogan Candy Co.
  50. Mellow as old brandy —Anon
  51. Mild as cottage cheese —Stephen Vincent Benet
  52. Mild as milk —Dame Edith Sitwell
  53. Nonchalant as a shoplifter in the checkout line —Donald McCaig
  54. The sea was calm like milk and water —Isak Dinesen
  55. The sense of rest, of having arrived at the long-promised calm centre, filled him like a species of sleep —John Updike
  56. Serene as a man who has just got a promotion and raise —Geoffrey Wolff
  57. Stayed calm, like a hero before the battle when all the cameras are on him —Clancy Sigal
  58. (Your opinion at the moment) worries me exactly as much as dandruff would a chopped-off head —William Mcllvanney
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.calmness - steadiness of mind under stress; "he accepted their problems with composure and she with equanimity"
disposition, temperament - your usual mood; "he has a happy disposition"
aplomb, assuredness, sang-froid, cool, poise - great coolness and composure under strain; "keep your cool"
serenity, tranquility, placidity, tranquillity, repose, quiet - a disposition free from stress or emotion
2.calmness - an absence of strong winds or rain
good weather - weather suitable for outdoor activities
windlessness, stillness - calmness without winds
quiet, lull - a period of calm weather; "there was a lull in the storm"
3.calmness - a feeling of calm; an absence of agitation or excitement
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
placidity, placidness - a feeling of calmness; a quiet and undisturbed feeling
coolness, imperturbability, imperturbableness - calm and unruffled self-assurance; "he performed with all the coolness of a veteran"
quietude, quietness, tranquillity, tranquility - a state of peace and quiet
agitation - the feeling of being agitated; not calm
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هُدوء، سُكون
kyrrî, ró


[ˈkɑːmnɪs] N [of person, voice] → calma f, tranquilidad f; [of weather, sea] → calma f
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[ˈkɑːmnɪs] n
(= tranquillity) → calme m
(= control under stress) → sang-froid m
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n (of person)Ruhe f, → Gelassenheit f; (of wind, sea)Stille f
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[ˈkɑːmnɪs] ncalma, tranquillità
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(kaːm) adjective
1. still or quiet. a calm sea; The weather was calm.
2. not anxious or excited. a calm person/expression; Please keep calm!
1. (a period of) absence of wind and large waves.
2. peace and quiet. He enjoyed the calm of the library.
to make calm. Calm yourself!
ˈcalmly adverb
ˈcalmness noun
calm down
to make or become calm. He tried to calm her down by giving her some brandy; Calm down!
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References in classic literature ?
He argued that it enticed men with the calmness of its looks, but when it had induced them to plow its waters, it grew rough and destroyed them.
These words were pronounced with the most exact politeness and the most perfect calmness. Nevertheless, they had not the power of convincing Milady.
My host, however, had in some degree resumed the calmness of his demeanor, and questioned me very rigorously in respect to the conformation of the visionary creature.
It is needless to relate them here; they came out at his trial, and the revelation of his calmness in confronting them came near to saving his neck.
I accomplish my destiny with a calmness which is terrible to myself.
Monte Cristo heard and saw nothing, or rather he only saw Morrel, whose calmness had a frightful effect on those who knew what was passing in his heart.
"The day he behaved very foolishly," said Christie, with reproachful calmness, that did not, however, prevent a suspicion of indignant moisture in her eyes--"when you explained"--
The singular calmness remained with him the rest of the evening and he slept a new reposeful sleep; but it was not with him very long.
It was not in his calmness that she read his comparative difference.
She sat in comparative calmness to hear what else he had to tell.
It must increase your strength, riches, and trade; and by this union the whole island, being joined in affection and free from all apprehensions of different interest, will be ENABLED TO RESIST ALL ITS ENEMIES." "We most earnestly recommend to you calmness and unanimity in this great and weighty affair, that the union may be brought to a happy conclusion, being the only EFFECTUAL way to secure our present and future happiness, and disappoint the designs of our and your enemies, who will doubtless, on this occasion, USE THEIR UTMOST ENDEAVORS TO PREVENT OR DELAY THIS UNION."
Her grateful and gratified heart could hardly restrain its expressions within the language of tolerable calmness. To receive so flattering an invitation!