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wave

play
verb \ ˈwāv \
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of wave

waved; waving
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 in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology 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

Synonym Discussion of wave

swing, wave, flourish, brandish, thrash mean to wield or cause to move to and fro or up and down. swing implies regular or uniform movement.
    • swing the rope back and forth
wave usually implies smooth or continuous motion.
    • waving the flag
flourish suggests vigorous, ostentatious, graceful movement.
    • flourished the winning lottery ticket
brandish implies threatening or menacing motion.
    • brandishing a knife
thrash suggests vigorous, abrupt, violent movement.
    • an infant thrashing his arms about

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wave

noun

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: such 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: such 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

waveless

play \ˈwāv-ləs\ adjective

wavelessly

adverb

wavelike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of wave in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of wave

1526

wave Synonyms


Wave

play
noun \ ˈwāv \

Definition of Wave

:a member of the women's component of the U.S. Navy formed during World War II and discontinued in the 1970s

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Origin and Etymology of wave

Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service


Financial Definition of WAVE

wave

What It Is

In investing, a wave is a pattern found in stock prices, technology, consumer trends or other areas. In technical analysis, the term often refers to Elliot Wave Theory.

How It Works

Elliot Wave Theory is a method for predicting stock prices by identifying certain trading patterns. Specifically, the theory states that markets move up in a series of five waves but move down in a series of three waves. The theory looks to investor psychology for key information.

Generally speaking, though, a "wave" is a term used to describe a new way of doing things. For example, Congress could pass new legislation to encourage "crowdfunding," which in turn could drive a new wave of startups who get their capital from online, fund-raising websites. The change could forever change the pathways through which capital reaches companies, and as a result more people may engage in the startup economy. This in turn could create markets for other crowdfunding websites, due diligence consulting firms, startup legal services and branding work.

Why It Matters

It's easy to see how investing ahead of waves could be extremely profitable. New waves can spur significant economic growth in certain sectors, and learning how to identify or predict waves accurately can lead to very good investment decisions.



WAVE Defined for English Language Learners

wave

play
verb

Definition of wave for English Language Learners

  • : 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


wave

noun

Definition of wave for English Language Learners

  • : 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


WAVE Defined for Kids

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wave

play
verb \ ˈwāv \

Definition of wave for Students

waved; waving
1 :to move (as the hand) to and fro as a signal or in greeting
2 :to move (something) back and forth
  • The Black Knight waved his lance weakly over our heads.
  • —Jon Scieszka, Knights of the Kitchen Table
3 :to curve slightly
  • Her hair waves naturally.
4 :to flutter with a rolling movement Flags waved in the wind.

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wave

noun

Definition of wave for Students

1 :a moving ridge on the surface of water
2 :a waving motion
  • a wave of the hand
3 :something that swells and dies away
  • A wave of anger came over her.
4 :a rolling movement passing along a surface or through the air
  • waves of grain
5 :a curving shape or series of curving shapes
  • hair with waves
6 :a sudden increase in something
  • a crime wave
7 :a motion that is somewhat like a wave in water and transfers energy from point to point
  • sound waves

Medical Dictionary

wave

play
noun \ ˈwāv \

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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