Webster 1913 Edition
calme, fr. It. or Sp.
calmaheat), prob. fr. LL.
caumaheat, fr. Gr.
καῦμαburning heat, fr.
καίεινto 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.
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.
The wind ceased, and there was a great
Mark. iv. 39.
calmbefore a storm is commonly a peace of a man’s own making.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To make calm; to render still or quiet, as elements;
to calmthe winds
calmthe tempest raised by Eolus.
To deliver from agitation or excitement; to still or soothe, as the mind or passions.
Syn. – To still; quiet; appease; allay; pacify; tranquilize; soothe; compose; assuage; check; restrain.
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.
Undisturbed by passion or emotion; not agitated or excited; tranquil; quiet in act or speech.“Calm and sinless peace.”
Milton.“With calm attention.”
Syn. – Still; quiet; undisturbed; tranquil; peaceful; serene; composed; unruffled; sedate; collected; placid.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Still; quiet; being at rest; as the air. Hence not stormy or tempestuous; as a calm day.
2.Undisturbed; not agitated; as a calm sea.
3.Undisturbed by passion; not agitated or excited; quiet; tranquil; as the mind, temper, or attention.