body wave

noun

plural body waves
1
: hair or a hairstyle marked by loose curls of S-shaped waves
also : a hairstyling process for creating body waves
Permanents, which include body waves, add curl or body to naturally straight or very limp hair. Consumer Reports
2
: an earthquake vibration transmitted through the earth's interior compare surface wave

Examples of body wave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are numerous perm types including spiral perms, beach wave perms, pin curl perms, body wave perms, and more. Marina Johnson, Detroit Free Press, 29 July 2023 The 27 tests generated seismic signals whose ‘body wave’ magnitude ranged from 4.2 to 6.2. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of body wave was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Body wave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/body%20wave. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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