new wave

noun, often capitalized N&W

Definition of new wave

1 : a cinematic movement that is characterized by improvisation, abstraction, and subjective symbolism and that often makes use of experimental photographic techniques
2 : a new movement in a particular field
3 : popular music less raw than punk rock and typically including unconventional melodies, exaggerated beats, and quirky lyrics
4 : dernier cri especially : fashion that is strikingly outrageous

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Other Words from new wave

new-wave \ ˈnü-​ˈwāv How to pronounce new-wave (audio) , ˈnyü-​ , -​ˌwāv \ adjective
new waver \ ˈnü-​ˈwā-​vər How to pronounce new waver (audio) , ˈnyü-​ \ noun

Examples of new wave in a Sentence

people who listened to punk, New Wave, or disco

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The website chronicles efforts to counteract costly new waves of suburban sprawl by encouraging reinvestment in existing Northeast Ohio communities. Steven Litt,, "Lake County Port Authority remodels 1950s bungalow to spur reinvestment in aging postwar subdivisions," 30 June 2019 And since the music video’s release on Monday, a scene depicting anti-gay protesters as country bumpkins has ignited new waves of criticism. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Taylor Swift has angered many people with her 'You Need To Calm Down' release. Here's why," 14 June 2019 American Eagle wants to help pioneer a new wave of activists, founders, and artists to guide the brand on how to reach their peers. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "American Eagle’s #AExME Council Is Full of Game Changing Gen-Zers," 1 May 2019 Efforts to safeguard against election interference have ignited concerns over First Amendment protections and censorship and brought a new wave of criticism, often pitting citizens, top lawmakers and tech giants against one other. Deanna Paul, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: How fighting political disinformation could collide with the First Amendment," 30 Mar. 2019 There’s every reason to hope, Duncan said, that this new wave of moonshine may soon illuminate the dark corners of mathematics where the other pariahs lie hidden. Quanta Magazine, "Moonshine Link Discovered for Pariah Symmetries," 22 Sep. 2017 Former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein has resigned from Vassar College's board of trustees Tuesday amid a new wave of backlash over her role in the infamous Central Park Five case. NBC News, "Central Park Five prosecutor resigns from organizations amid backlash after Netflix series," 4 June 2019 Global honey prices are at their highest levels in years, due to a new wave of consumer demand for natural sweeteners and declining bee populations that are hampering mass production. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "You’ll Need a Lot More Money to Buy That Jar of Honey," 22 May 2019 The company is hoping to become the second among a new wave of rocket companies that offer commercial launch services for small satellites and other payloads into low-Earth orbit for discount prices. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Virgin Orbit flies its rocket into the skies for the first time," 19 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of new wave

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of new wave

: a movement in which a group of people introduce new styles or ideas in art, music, politics, etc.
: a style of rock music that was popular especially in the 1970s and 1980s, has a strong beat, and uses many electronic instruments (such as keyboards)
: a modern style of art, film, or fashion that tries to be very different or unusual often in a shocking way

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