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 , ˈnyü-​, -​ˌwāv \ adjective
new waver \ ˈnü-​ˈwā-​vər , ˈnyü-​ \ noun

Examples of new wave in a Sentence

people who listened to punk, New Wave, or disco

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Headley was arrested during the incident, and the video has fueled a new wave of criticism of the NYPD, which has found itself at the center of several high-profile use of force incidents against black and brown New Yorkers in recent years. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Video of police ripping a black child from his mom has sparked debate over NYPD practices," 11 Dec. 2018 In 1944, the threatened destruction of The Witch House became the catalyst that launched a new wave of restoration in Salem. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Live In A Replica Of The Salem Witch House," 31 Oct. 2018 That state of affairs put Nvidia in an interesting position in August when the company announced a new wave of graphics cards with even more terminology and lingo attached. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti review: A tale of two very expensive graphics cards," 19 Sep. 2018 Hereditary is among the films forming the swell of a new wave in horror, pictures that are smart, subtle and artfully made. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Artfully Made Hereditary Is the Latest Horror Film to Elevate the Genre," 7 June 2018 This new wave of anti-Semitism could, and in fact did, produce a kind of American pogrom. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "My Jewish wedding was the day of the Pittsburgh shooting. Anti-Semites threatened it.," 2 Nov. 2018 This new wave feels different than the usual culture mining that goes on 20 to 30 years after a decade has ended, the way the cool people of the 2040s will probably try to mimic our tragic current era. Dan Duray, ELLE Decor, "Is Nostalgia in the Art World Ever a Good Thing?," 29 Aug. 2018 Less likely but still possible is a rapid fall in prices for housing or steel and a new wave of cash flowing out of China. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Trade Fight Complicates Beijing’s Stimulus Calculus," 20 July 2018 The musicians were genre benders, stitching patches of hard rock, hip-hop, and new wave to a veil of soft, velvety pop. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of new wave

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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new wave

noun

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.

New Wave : 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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