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wave

noun (n)

  • one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water) (noun.event)
    Synonym: moving ridge
    source: wordnet30
  • a movement like that of a sudden occurrence or increase in a specified phenomenon (noun.act)
    Example:
    A wave of settlers.
    Troops advancing in waves.
    source: wordnet30
  • (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth (noun.event)
    Synonym: undulation
    source: wordnet30
  • something that rises rapidly (noun.event)
    Example:
    A wave of emotion swept over him.
    There was a sudden wave of buying before the market closed.
    A wave of conservatism in the country led by the hard right.
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of signaling by a movement of the hand (noun.communication)
    Synonym: wafture, waving
    source: wordnet30
  • a hairdo that creates undulations in the hair (noun.body)
    source: wordnet30
  • an undulating curve (noun.shape)
    source: wordnet30
  • a persistent and widespread unusual weather condition (especially of unusual temperatures) (noun.phenomenon)
    Example:
    A heat wave.
    source: wordnet30
  • a member of the women's reserve of the United States Navy; originally organized during World War II but now no longer a separate branch (noun.person)
    source: wordnet30
  • An advancing ridge or swell on the surface of a liquid, as of the sea, resulting from the oscillatory motion of the particles composing it when disturbed by any force their position of rest; an undulation. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • Something resembling or likened to a water wave, as in rising unusually high, in being of unusual extent, or in progressive motion; a swelling or excitement, as of feeling or energy; a tide; flood; period of intensity, usual activity, or the like; as, a wave of enthusiasm. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • signal with the hands or nod (verb.communication)
    Synonym: beckon
    Example:
    She waved to her friends.
    He waved his hand hospitably.
    source: wordnet30
  • move or swing back and forth (verb.contact)
    Synonym: brandish, flourish
    Example:
    She waved her gun.
    source: wordnet30
  • move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion (verb.motion)
    Synonym: flap, roll, undulate
    Example:
    The waves rolled towards the beach.
    source: wordnet30
  • twist or roll into coils or ringlets (verb.contact)
    Synonym: curl
    source: wordnet30
  • set waves in (verb.body)
    Example:
    She asked the hairdresser to wave her hair.
    source: wordnet30
  • See Waive. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To play loosely; to move like a wave, one way and the other; to float; to flutter; to undulate. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To move one way and the other; to brandish. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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