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. 1. A movement of particles in an elastic body, whether solid or fluid, whereby an advancing series of alternate elevations and depressions, or expansions and condensations, is produced. 2. The elevation of the pulse, felt by the finger, or represented graphically in the curved line of the sphygmogram.
  39. 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.
  40. To move like a wave: to play loosely: to be moved, as a signal or a flag: to fluctuate.
  41. To move backwards and forwards: to brandish: to waft or beckon: to raise into inequalities of surface.
  42. A moving ridge on the surface of a liquid; anything like a wave.
  43. To move, or be moved, like a wave; move backwards and forwards; fluctuate.
  44. To move to and fro in the air.
  45. To move with undulations, as water.
  46. A moving ridge on the surface of a liquid; an undulation of air or light; an undulating or wavy line.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. To cast away; to reject; to quit; to depart from; to put off; to relinquish, as a right or privilege. See Waive.
  50. To play loosely; to move like a wave one way and the other; to float; to undulate; to be moved, as a signal.
  51. 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.
  52. 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. 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
  2. Look how they wave their hands to me. – Libro segundo de lectura by Ellen M. Cyr
  3. It was not a moment too soon, for the next wave dashed their ship to pieces. – Philosopher Jack by R.M. Ballantyne
  4. With a wave of his hand to us he went in again. – The Country Doctor by Honore de Balzac
  5. Almost all the public buildings received their present shape from this wave of pure Greek art. – Naples Past and Present by Arthur H. Norway
  6. Jest a month later come the first wave o' the rush from 'Frisco. – The Boy With the U.S. Miners by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  7. 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
  8. He continued to wave her aside. – The Pastor's Wife by Elizabeth von Arnim
  9. With a wave of the hand and a relieved look, he went down the road. – A Prairie Infanta by Eva Wilder Brodhead
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. A slight wave of the hand was the reply. – The Lake Gun by James Fenimore Cooper
  13. Of course I'll do what I can, but- please don't wave that gun around. – More Tish by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  14. They'll come out to wave to us. – A Prisoner in Fairyland by Algernon Blackwood
  15. 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
  16. " Not you, so much, but-" with a wave toward the reporters' table-" those- the others." – The Whirligig of Time by Wayland Wells Williams
  17. It is like a great wave and almost takes her off her feet. – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  18. 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
  19. Another wave followed that one, but not quite so high. – The U-boat hunters by James B. Connolly
  20. A wave of gratitude swept over her. – Mary Minds Her Business by George Weston