Definitions of wave

  1. To play loosely; to move like a wave one way and the other; to float; to undulate; to be moved, as a signal.
  2. To move to and fro in the air.
  3. To move with undulations, as water.
  4. To move one way and the other; to brandish.
  5. To raise into inequalities of surface; to give an undulating form a surface to.
  6. To move like a wave, or by floating; to waft.
  7. 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.
  8. To swing; brandish; to cause to move to and fro; to signal by such a movement; to give an undulating, or curved, surface to.
  9. To move backwards and forwards: to brandish: to waft or beckon: to raise into inequalities of surface.
  10. To play loosely; to move like a wave, one way and the other; to float; to flutter; to undulate.
  11. To be moved to and fro as a signal.
  12. To fluctuate; to waver; to be in an unsettled state; to vacillate.
  13. 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.
  14. Water; a body of water.
  15. Unevenness; inequality of surface.
  16. A waving or undulating motion; a signal made with the hand, a flag, etc.
  17. The undulating line or streak of luster on cloth watered, or calendered, or on damask steel.
  18. Fig.: A swelling or excitement of thought, feeling, or energy; a tide; as, waves of enthusiasm.
  19. 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.
  20. To move like a wave: to play loosely: to be moved, as a signal or a flag: to fluctuate.
  21. twist or roll into coils or ringlets; " curl my hair, please"
  22. set waves in; of hair
  23. move or swing back and forth; " She waved her gun"
  24. 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.
  25. To cast away; to reject; to quit; to depart from; to put off; to relinquish, as a right or privilege. See Waive.
  26. 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.
  27. one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid ( especially across a large body of water)
  28. the act of signaling by a movement of the hand
  29. a movement like that of an ocean wave; " a wave of settlers"; " troops advancing in waves"
  30. a hairdo that creates undulations in the hair
  31. 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"
  32. ( physics) a movement up and down or back and forth
  33. 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"
  34. 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
  35. a persistent and widespread unusual weather condition ( especially of unusual temperatures)
  36. set waves in; " she asked the hairdresser to wave her hair"
  37. move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion; " The curtains undulated"; " the waves rolled towards the beach"
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. A moving ridge on the surface of a liquid; anything like a wave.
  42. A moving ridge on the surface of a liquid; an undulation of air or light; an undulating or wavy line.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
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