Definitions of wave

  1. signal with the hands or nod; " She waved to her friends"; " He waved his hand hospitably"
  2. twist or roll into coils or ringlets; " curl my hair, please"
  3. move in a wavy pattern, as of curtains
  4. one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid ( especially across a large body of water)
  5. an undulating curve
  6. ( physics) a progressive disturbance propagated without displacement of the medium itself
  7. the act of signaling by a movement of the hand
  8. a movement like that of an ocean wave; " a wave of settlers"; " troops advancing in waves"
  9. a hairdo that creates undulations in the hair
  10. something that rises rapidly and dies away; " a wave of emotion swept over him"; " there was a sudden wave of buying before the market closed"
  11. set waves in; of hair
  12. ( physics) a movement up and down or back and forth
  13. something that rises rapidly; " 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"
  14. 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
  15. a persistent and widespread unusual weather condition ( especially of unusual temperatures)
  16. set waves in; " she asked the hairdresser to wave her hair"
  17. move or swing back and forth; " She waved her gun"
  18. move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion; " The curtains undulated"; " the waves rolled towards the beach"
  19. 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.
  20. See Waive.
  21. To play loosely; to move like a wave, one way and the other; to float; to flutter; to undulate.
  22. To be moved to and fro as a signal.
  23. To fluctuate; to waver; to be in an unsettled state; to vacillate.
  24. To move one way and the other; to brandish.
  25. To raise into inequalities of surface; to give an undulating form a surface to.
  26. To move like a wave, or by floating; to waft.
  27. To call attention to, or give a direction or command to, by a waving motion, as of the hand; to signify by waving; to beckon; to signal; to indicate.
  28. 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.
  29. Water; a body of water.
  30. Unevenness; inequality of surface.
  31. A waving or undulating motion; a signal made with the hand, a flag, etc.
  32. The undulating line or streak of luster on cloth watered, or calendered, or on damask steel.
  33. Fig.: A swelling or excitement of thought, feeling, or energy; a tide; as, waves of enthusiasm.
  34. Woe.
  35. A swell on the surface of water; billow; vibrations by which sound, light, etc., are transmitted; a curving ridge on any surface; an up and down or back and forth motion.
  36. To be moved up and down or back and forth; to signal by such a motion; to have undulations, or curves; as, her hair waves beautifully.
  37. To swing; brandish; to cause to move to and fro; to signal by such a movement; to give an undulating, or curved, surface to.
  38. A ridge on the surface of water swaying or moving backwards and forwards: a state of vibration propagated through a system of particles: inequality of surface: a line or streak like a wave.
  39. To move like a wave: to play loosely: to be moved, as a signal or a flag: to fluctuate.
  40. To move backwards and forwards: to brandish: to waft or beckon: to raise into inequalities of surface.
  41. A moving ridge on the surface of a liquid; anything like a wave.
  42. To move to and fro in the air.
  43. To move with undulations, as water.
  44. A moving ridge on the surface of a liquid; an undulation of air or light; an undulating or wavy line.
  45. A moving swell on the surface of the water of the sea or a river caused by the wind; motion in a fluid substance like that of a wave in which one set of particles acts on the adjoining set with little or no permanent displacement; unevenness; inequality of surface; the wavy line or streak of lustre on cloth, watered and calendered.
  46. To raise into inequalities of surface; to move one way and the other; to brandish; to waft; to beckon; to direct by a waft or waving motion.
  47. To cast away; to reject; to quit; to depart from; to put off; to relinquish, as a right or privilege. See Waive.
  48. To play loosely; to move like a wave one way and the other; to float; to undulate; to be moved, as a signal.
  49. The alternate rising and falling of water above and below its natural level; a moving swell or volume of water; a billow; any motion or appearance resembling that of a wave.
  50. To move to and fro or up and down; to undulate; to play loosely; to raise into inequalities of surface; to direct by a waving motion; to beckon.

Usage examples for wave

  1. " Not you, so much, but-" with a wave toward the reporters' table-" those- the others." – The Whirligig of Time by Wayland Wells Williams
  2. With a wave of his hand to us he went in again. – The Country Doctor by Honore de Balzac
  3. It is like a great wave and almost takes her off her feet. – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  4. With a wave of the hand and a relieved look, he went down the road. – A Prairie Infanta by Eva Wilder Brodhead
  5. Look how they wave their hands to me. – Libro segundo de lectura by Ellen M. Cyr
  6. The flagman began to wave his arms and the flag, and ran toward the twins. – Six Little Bunkers at Cowboy Jack's by Laura Lee Hope
  7. Almost all the public buildings received their present shape from this wave of pure Greek art. – Naples Past and Present by Arthur H. Norway
  8. He would wave them aside, explain to them that he would talk to them later, after the arrival of the ball. – Idle Ideas in 1905 by Jerome K. Jerome
  9. Of course I'll do what I can, but- please don't wave that gun around. – More Tish by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  10. A wave of gratitude swept over her. – Mary Minds Her Business by George Weston
  11. They'll come out to wave to us. – A Prisoner in Fairyland by Algernon Blackwood
  12. Jest a month later come the first wave o' the rush from 'Frisco. – The Boy With the U.S. Miners by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  13. A slight wave of the hand was the reply. – The Lake Gun by James Fenimore Cooper
  14. And the wave of public opinion closed over the scene and the waters of social life were calm again. – Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale by Ida Glenwood
  15. It was not a moment too soon, for the next wave dashed their ship to pieces. – Philosopher Jack by R.M. Ballantyne
  16. He continued to wave her aside. – The Pastor's Wife by Elizabeth von Arnim
  17. A roar of applause greeted them, and as McCarthy ran along in front of the stands, the applause followed him like a wave. – Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant by Hugh S. Fullerton
  18. Another wave followed that one, but not quite so high. – The U-boat hunters by James B. Connolly
  19. When you see that flag again you will be a prisoner and I will wave it high over your head. – Alice of Old Vincennes by Maurice Thompson
  20. Though it was no concern of theirs absolutely if he regarded her with affection, carried away by a wave of folly. – Ulysses by James Joyce