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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n calmness steadiness of mind under stress "he accepted their problems with composure and she with equanimity"
    • n calmness a feeling of calm; an absence of agitation or excitement
    • n calmness an absence of strong winds or rain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The more a person struggles to get out of quicksand the faster they will sink. Staying still, and being calm will actually make the body float in the quicksand because the body is less dense than the quicksand is
    • n Calmness The state of quality of being calm; quietness; tranquillity; self-repose. "The gentle calmness of the flood.""Hes calmness was the repose of conscious power."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The colour blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones
    • n calmness The state of being calm. Quietness; stillness; tranquillity, as of the elements.
    • n calmness Quietness; mildness; unruffled state of the mind, passions, or temper.
    • n calmness Synonyms Indifference, Insensibility, etc. (see apathy), quietude, serenity, repose, composure, placidness, peacefulness.
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  • Dorothy Parker
    “They sicken at the calm that know the storm.”
  • Josiah Gilbert Holland
    “Calmness is the cradle of power.”
  • James A. Froude
    “Science rests on reason and experiment, and can meet an opponent with calmness; but a belief is always sensitive.”
  • Channing Pollock
    Channing Pollock
    “Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed.”
  • Hamilton Mabie
    Hamilton Mabie
    “To have a quiet mind is to possess one's mind wholly; to have a calm spirit is to possess one's self.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “There is pleasure in calm remembrance of a past sorrow.”


Calm before the storm - A calm time immediately before period of violent activity or argument is the calm before the storm.


In literature:

He looked at the poor sinner, sunk in deep gloom, with a sad calmness.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
I must have a season of calm thought and careful judgment.
"The Colonel of the Red Huzzars" by John Reed Scott
Once only, during this interval of waiting, did he find that calm serenity of hers disturbed.
"Sunrise" by William Black
And he must "hold up" his enthusiasm, and just be calm and reasonable, and even calculating.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
The calm around was such as to make one forget that we were at war.
"In the Field (1914-1915)" by Marcel Dupont
The mood of the afternoon had fallen, as had the day, into calmness and restfulness.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
And then, quite calmly, ending a silence more terrible than any tumult of words, another voice made itself heard.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Absolute calm, if he could command it, was good for the soul, placed as he was, and the mere act of lying still helped toward that.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Everything in this man's manner revealed a calm and phlegmatic temperament.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
She is cold and calm, like a goddess, and you are a woman.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
The day before had been calm and sunny, but the 25th was snowy and disagreeable, with a raw northerly wind.
"The North Pole" by Robert E. Peary
You see, it is impossible we could be more calm and composed than we are.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
She was proud, with a calm, serene, half-tragic pride.
"A Mad Love" by Bertha M. Clay
He remained standing by the window; gazing far out over the calm sea, while all the stars in Heaven appeared to flit before his eyes.
"L'Arrabiata and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
But he continued in the same strain of merciless, matter-of-fact calm.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
It was a calm night and not very dark, although there was no moon.
"Johnstone of the Border" by Harold Bindloss
Calm she had contrived to be in the presence of others; but it was the calm of an aching heart.
"Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Be calm; try and be calm.
"King of the Castle" by George Manville Fenn
If the reader will permit me, I will avail myself of this interval of calm before the storm, to introduce to him some of my officers.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
Beloved and revered by his associates, as well as by his patients, the evening of his days is calm and cheerful.
"Only a Girl:" by Wilhelmine von Hillern

In poetry:

Oh, wasn't it a gladsome sight,
When glassy calm did come,
To see them squatting tailor-wise
Around a keg of rum!
"The Ship Of Rio" by Walter de la Mare
The web and woof of life,
With hands that have no hearts,
Thro' calmness and thro' strife,
Despite all human arts.
"Inevitable" by Abram Joseph Ryan
And if a long—held contest tended
To ill—defined result,
It was by calm consent suspended
As over—difficult:
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
So good it is, so gay it is,
So calm it is, and pure.
A one whose eyes may look on this
Must be the happier, sure.
"Landscape" by Dorothy Parker
With forward leaning of desire
The ship sped calmly on,
A pilgrim strong that would not tire
Or hasten to be gone.
"Far and Near" by George MacDonald
And hark, like incense rising up,
To deepen all the calm,
The voice of Hebrew David yet
Within the grand old psalm.
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Baldwin maintains calm, composure amid clamor.
In all the fury, Frank Haith implored Michael Dixon to remain calm.
The US Embassy in Pakistan is using TV ads to try to calm the anger being aimed against the United States as a result of an anti-Islam video.
"Stay calm and carry on" has always been the best advice during challenging times.
Volker Schlondorff's 'Calm at Sea' acquired by Corinth for U.S. German vet helmer Volker Schlondorff's wartime drama "Calm at Sea" has been acquired by Pennsylvania-based Corinth Films for North American distribution.
Then Mr Shabana calmly delivered another drop shot that died in the corner of the court.
We have no scientific explanation for why rubbing Vicks on the soles of the feet would calm a cough .
Robin Roberts is always calm, cool and collected, making it look easy as she keeps the fast-paced world of Good Morning America moving each day.
Located off the eastern shores of the main island, sleepy Culebra is rich with uncrowded playas edging calm and cerulean waters--plus a small clutch of basic but bright hotels, like Mamacita's, averaging $100 nightly.
The US Forest Service has compiled a quick-reference guide to calm timber owners' federal income tax concerns.
My father is a very calm, imperturbable man.
Following the recent super moon we encountered really strong tides and calm seas that gave us some great fishing.
532,000 for traffic calming measures.
Despite a lengthy offensive slump that saw them fall seven games behind the Braves in the National League East, the Phillies had maintained an aura of calm about their struggles at the plate.
Meet Shippo, the furry clip-on tail that wags when you're happy or excited and droops in a neutral position when you're calm and meditative.

In science:

Temperatures ranged from +2 to −10 C, while the wind was mostly calm with some periods of speeds up to 10 m/s.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
The high-frequency noise level in Lake Baikal can be as low as ∼ 1 mPa (horizontal line in Fig. 4), and is comparable to 3 mPa ambient acoustic noise for calm sea .
A prototype device for acoustic neutrino detection in Lake Baikal
Temperatures ranged from +2 to −10 C, while the wind was mostly calm with some periods of speeds up to 10 m/s.
Near-Field Radio Holography of Large Reflector Antennas
Calm wind conditions were chosen for the sidereal tracking measurements, in order to clearly separate effects due to the drive system from those due to wind.
Study of the Dynamics of Large Reflector Antennas with Accelerometers
Therefore, when the magnetar activities of these sources calm down, they will become X-ray dim isolated neutron stars naturally.
Wind braking of magnetars
Such states offer a calm eye within the storm of decoherence, in which quantum information can be manipulated with relative impunity. A practical computer would probably use a combination of methods.
Quantum Computing
Thirty days after the burst these flares have calmed down.
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
Kaizo ji in analyzing the calm time interval of price changes in the Japanese market .
Five Years of Continuous-time Random Walks in Econophysics
Good values are found also at the South Pole where the atmosphere above the first 220 m is calm (Marks et al. 1999); the isoplanatic angle is indeed more sensitive to high altitude turbulence.
Site testing in summer at Dome C, Antarctica
Nevertheless, quiescent cavities are thought to represent the calm before the storm (Gibson et al. 2006), and the total reconnection flux was found to be highly correlated with the CME speed (Qiu and Yurchyshyn 2005).
Astrophysics in 2006
Two patterns are identified; th e most important one corresponds to a blocking high pressure system leading to subsidence and calm, dry and sunny conditions over the Netherlands.
Extreme Associated Functions: Optimally Linking Local Extremes to Large-scale Atmospheric Circulation Structures
The Western Australia Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) Spinifex model (Burrows et al., 1991) was developed from 41 experimental fires conducted in predominantly spinifex (Triodia basedowii and Plectrachne schinzii ) fuels on relatively flat sand plains.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
The few models that were based on large ranges of wind speed in field experiments (with the exception of CALM Jarrah II) tended to result in power functions with exponents less than one.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
Gorse (normalised) or CALM Spinifex (normalised)) in which the FMC plays a minor role in determining the ROS, strongly exponential (e.g.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
CALM-Spinifex), appears to be the most robust in terms of range of FMC values and experimentation.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models