wave

64 ENTRIES FOUND:

1wave

verb \ˈwāv\

: to move your hand or something held in your hand usually in a repeated motion in order to signal or greet someone

: to float, shake, or move back and forth because of wind

: to move (something) back and forth

wavedwav·ing

Full Definition of WAVE

intransitive verb
1
:  to motion with the hands or with something held in them in signal or salute
2
:  to float, play, or shake in an air current :  move loosely to and fro :  flutter <flags waving in the breeze>
3
of water :  to move in waves :  heave
4
:  to become moved or brandished to and fro <signs waved in the crowd>
5
:  to move before the wind with a wavelike motion <field of waving grain>
6
:  to follow a curving line or take a wavy form :  undulate
transitive verb
1
:  to swing (something) back and forth or up and down
2
:  to impart a curving or undulating shape to <waved her hair>
3
a :  to motion to (someone) to go in an indicated direction or to stop :  signal <waved down a passing car>
b :  to gesture with (the hand or an object) in greeting or farewell or in homage
c :  to dismiss or put out of mind :  disregard —usually used with aside or off
d :  to convey by waving <waved farewell>
4
:  brandish, flourish <waved a pistol menacingly>

Examples of WAVE

  1. We waved to our friends through the window.
  2. She was waving in the direction of the bridge.
  3. Flags were waving in the breeze.
  4. The magician waved his magic wand.
  5. The leader of the parade waved a flag.
  6. It was so hot that we were all waving our hands in front of our faces to cool off.

Origin of WAVE

Middle English, from Old English wafian to wave with the hands; akin to Old English wæfan to clothe and perhaps to Old English wefan to weave
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to WAVE

2wave

noun

: an area of moving water that is raised above the main surface of an ocean, a lake, etc.

: something that has the shape or movement of a wave

: a usually repeated movement of your hand or of something held in your hand especially as a signal or greeting

Full Definition of WAVE

1
a :  a moving ridge or swell on the surface of a liquid (as of the sea)
b :  open water
2
a :  a shape or outline having successive curves
b :  a waviness of the hair
c :  an undulating line or streak or a pattern formed by such lines
3
:  something that swells and dies away: as
a :  a surge of sensation or emotion <a wave of anger swept over her>
b :  a movement sweeping large numbers in a common direction <waves of protest>
c :  a peak or climax of activity <a wave of buying>
4
:  a sweep of hand or arm or of some object held in the hand used as a signal or greeting
5
:  a rolling or undulatory movement or one of a series of such movements passing along a surface or through the air
6
:  a movement like that of an ocean wave: as
a :  a surging movement of a group <a big new wave of women politicians>
b :  one of a succession of influxes of people migrating into a region
c (1) :  a moving group of animals of one kind
(2) :  a sudden rapid increase in a population
d :  a line of attacking or advancing troops or airplanes
e :  a display of people in a large crowd (as at a sports event) successively rising, lifting their arms overhead, and quickly sitting so as to form a swell moving through the crowd
7
a :  a disturbance or variation that transfers energy progressively from point to point in a medium and that may take the form of an elastic deformation or of a variation of pressure, electric or magnetic intensity, electric potential, or temperature
b :  one complete cycle of such a disturbance
8
:  a marked change in temperature :  a period of hot or cold weather
9
:  an undulating or jagged line constituting a graphic representation of an action
wave·less \ˈwāv-ləs\ adjective
wave·less·ly adverb
wave·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of WAVE

  1. The waves crashed onto the rocks.
  2. She has a wave in her hair.
  3. Waves of warm air washed over us.
  4. We got a wave from the Queen.
  5. The rabbit disappeared with a wave of the magician's wand.

First Known Use of WAVE

1526

Wave

noun \ˈwāv\

Definition of WAVE

:  a member of the women's component of the United States Navy formed during World War II and discontinued in the 1970s

Origin of WAVE

Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service
First Known Use: 1942

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin

wave

noun \ˈwāv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of WAVE

1
a : a disturbance or variation that transfers energy progressively from point to point in a medium and that may take the form of an elastic deformation or of a variation of pressure, electrical or magnetic intensity, electrical potential, or temperature b : one complete cycle of such a disturbance
2
: an undulating or jagged line constituting a graphic representation of an action <an electroencephalographic wave>

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