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placid

Definitions

  • Canoeing on placid waters
    Canoeing on placid waters
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj placid (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves "a ribbon of sand between the angry sea and the placid bay","the quiet waters of a lagoon","a lake of tranquil blue water reflecting a tranquil blue sky","a smooth channel crossing","scarcely a ripple on the still water","unruffled water"
    • adj placid not easily irritated "an equable temper","not everyone shared his placid temperament","remained placid despite the repeated delays"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Reversing Falls is in Canada, where the St. John River flows into the Bay of Fundy at St. John, New Brunswick. The rapids at this juncture flows normally at low tide, backwards at high tide. Between tides there is a 15-minute period in which the river is placid and boaters sail by very quickly.
    • a Placid Pleased; contented; unruffied; undisturbed; serene; peaceful; tranquil; quiet; gentle. "That placid aspect and meek regard.""Sleeping . . . the placid sleep of infancy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • placid Gentle; quiet; undisturbed; equable; serene; calm; unruffled; peaceful; mild.
    • placid Synonyms Tranquil, Serene, etc. See calm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Placid plas′id gentle: peaceful
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Quotations

  • Joan Sutherland
    Joan Sutherland
    “If I weren't reasonably placid, I don't think I could cope with this sort of life. To be a diva, you've got to be absolutely like a horse.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. placidus, originally, pleasing, mild, from placere, to please: cf. F. placide,. See Please
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. placidusplacēre, to please.

Usage

In literature:

Dr. Grayle was awaiting her in the corridor, a watchdog, patient and placid.
"The Castle Of The Shadows" by Alice Muriel Williamson
I might have led him immediately into placid waters.
"Doctor Luke of the Labrador" by Norman Duncan
That calm and placid philosopher had lost his equanimity.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
Everywhere his voice could be heard, placid, almost laughing at times, as he rebuked the senseless long-range shooting of the men.
"Marion's Faith." by Charles King
Great God, Placide, do you appreciate what that means?
"The Black Wolf's Breed" by Harris Dickson
She remembered her grandmother, a placid, hopeful woman, whose every deed breathed the fragrance of godly living.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
Beyond a herd of cattle standing placidly around a straw-stack blew clouds of vapor from their steaming nostrils.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
His wife, a sweet and placid-looking woman, sat opposite him knitting.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
Upon her placid features there was not the slightest trace of the onslaught of profanity.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Jimmy Kinsella stood a little apart and gazed placidly at the two boats.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
O placid, unconscious sarcasm!
"Vesty of the Basins" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
Half a million people lived on or close around that placid stretch of water.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
It was a bright, clear, beautiful morning when we first launched our little boat and rowed out upon the placid waters of the lagoon.
"The Coral Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
He left the sheep, rather envying their placid existence, and was on his way to the laborers' shack when the Governor stepped into his path.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
There were times when Alex found her placid absorption in everyday matters rather soothing, at others Miss Sarah suited her mood better.
"The Pleasant Street Partnership" by Mary F. Leonard
Her own brow was as quiet and placid as ever it was.
"The Carpenter's Daughter" by Anna Bartlett Warner
Even in this crisis, there is no immediate change in the placid appearance of the plant.
"Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
Papa and Mamma Leland are placidly asleep on the saloon deck, beneath the flapping awning.
"An Old Meerschaum" by David Christie Murray
Still the tall trees lined the banks in placid monotony.
"Days Off" by Henry Van Dyke
Huey stood in the door, his old straw hat in hand, with that placid expression on his smooth features.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
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In poetry:

Asleep in the shade I found her:
With a garland of roses I bound her
She knew not what chain was around her
But slept with placid cheek:
"On A Like Occasion (From Klopstock)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
While heav'nly cherubs watch the tomb,
Where lies the dust in placid sleep;
Why will ye mourn his early doom,
Why bending o'er the chaplets weep?
"On The Tomb Of An Infant" by Thomas Noon Talfourd
Ah, how the features wore to placid peace,
As in mute thankfulness that restless life
Should thus in such a golden vision cease,
That but before was full of pain and strife.
"The Preacher" by Alexander Anderson
There lies no vision splendid on the plains;
Living’s not life beside the placid streams,
For stress and travail and the pride of pain
Are warp and woven woof in all my dream:
"Endeavour" by Robert Steel Byrnes
Undaunted, he surveys the ocean rage,
With placid face, he feels the earthquake's shock,
He knows his Lord the fury will assuage,
His soul is safe, though earth's foundations rock.
"An Hymn" by James Avis Bartley
WHEN FATE in ruthless rage assail'd my breast,
And Heaven relentless seal'd the harsh decree;
HOPE, placid soother of the mind distress'd;
To calm my rending sorrows­gave me THEE.
"Sonnet to My Beloved Daughter" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

Since Jones Outfitters returned to Main Street in Lake Placid, anglers on Mirror Lake have been able to enjoy the convenience of having a tackle store within paddling range.
Passed away at her daughters home in Lake Placid on Oct 5, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.
Or rather the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society is happy to be back in the Lake Placid News sharing town and village history from yester-year and yesterday.
Lake Placid, NY, Nov 28, 2012 — There's snow on the ground in the Adirondacks.
Forrest "Dew Drop" Morgan, 90, a national bobsled champion and former manager of the US Olympic team, has died Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y. Born in Saranac Lake, N.Y.
Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones waits for her run at the US women's bobsled push championships on Oct 5 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Lake Placid, NY – American hurdler Lolo Jones has been named to the United States bobsled team.
Joined a group of Olympic track and field athletes who competed in the US women's bobsled push championships at Lake Placid, N.Y.
As a precaution, the Town of Lake Placid Utilities Department suggests that all water used for drinking or cooking be boiled .
For questions, call the Lake Placid Utilities Department at 699-3747.
What should be a no-brainer - conversion of the rail corridor between Lake Placid and Old Forge into a superb recreational trail - has encountered passionate resistance from a handful of influential railroad buffs .
Trio to head to Special Olympics training camp next month in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Trio to head to Special Olympics training camp next month in Lake Placid, N.Y. John Williams' NewsClick.
Clarkson will try to keep the momentum going, while St Lawrence is looking to rebound when the two ECAC Hockey schools square off during Saturday night's, Dec 8, Festivus Face-Off being held in Lake Placid's Olympic Center.
The Conference Center at Lake Placid.
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In science:

The following section describes capabilities of agent to communicate and interact. Sections 4 and 5 successively present objectives of PLACID platform and design of the first set of µ -tools intended to validate this platform.
Agent-Based {\mu}-Tools Integrated into a Co-Design Platform
PLACID offers a set of services for use of an environment of virtual co-design (shared objects, services of tasks management and communications, and tools of decision-making aid).
Agent-Based {\mu}-Tools Integrated into a Co-Design Platform
Co-design". This is facilitated by the agent-based design of PLACID.
Agent-Based {\mu}-Tools Integrated into a Co-Design Platform
This figure shows the 3 µ -tools of the Papoticiel which are integrated into PLACID (Papoticiel/chat tool, Agenda/diary tool, Vote/voting tool).
Agent-Based {\mu}-Tools Integrated into a Co-Design Platform
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