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: to motion with the hands or with something held in them in signal or salute
: to float, play, or shake in an air current : move loosely to and fro : flutter
flags waving in the breeze
: to become moved or brandished to and fro
signs waved in the crowd
: to swing (something) back and forth or up and down
: to impart a curving or undulating shape to
waved her hair
: to motion to (someone) to go in an indicated direction or to stop : signal
waved down a passing car
: to gesture with (the hand or an object) in greeting or farewell or in homage
: to dismiss or put out of mind : disregard —usually used with aside or off
: to convey by waving
: a moving ridge or swell on the surface of a liquid (as of the sea)
chiefly literary : water, sea
… this our island in the wave …—Charles Dickens
The buccaneer on the wave might relinquish his calling and become … a man of probity and piety on land …—Nathaniel Hawthorne
The sea was open to them, and they achieved their victories on the briny wave.—The Book of Commerce by Sea and Land
: a shape or outline having successive curves
: a waviness of the hair
: an undulating line or streak or a pattern formed by such lines
: something that swells and dies away: such as
: a surge of sensation or emotion
a wave of anger swept over her
: a movement sweeping large numbers in a common direction
waves of protest
: a peak or climax of activity or occurrence
a wave of spending
a second wave of infection
a crime wave
: a sweep of hand or arm or of some object held in the hand used as a signal or greeting
: a rolling or undulatory movement or one of a series of such movements passing along a surface or through the air
: a movement like that of an ocean wave: such as
: a surging movement of a group
a big new wave of women politicians
: one of a succession of influxes of people migrating into a region
: a moving group of animals of one kind
: a sudden rapid increase in a population
: a line of attacking or advancing troops or airplanes
: 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
: 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
: one complete cycle of such a disturbance
: a marked change in temperature : a period of hot or cold weather
: an undulating or jagged line constituting a graphic representation of an action
: a member of the women's component of the U.S. Navy formed during World War II and discontinued in the 1970s
Verb We waved to our friends through the window. She was waving in the direction of the bridge. Flags were waving in the breeze. The magician waved his magic wand. The leader of the parade waved a flag. It was so hot that we were all waving our hands in front of our faces to cool off. Noun (1) The waves crashed onto the rocks. She has a wave in her hair. Waves of warm air washed over us. We got a wave from the Queen. The rabbit disappeared with a wave of the magician's wand. See More
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VerbThis year, the world No. 10, Félix Auger-Aliassime, has teamed up with his fellow-Canadian Denis Shapovalov, and a sizable number of Canadian snowbirds in the Coachella Valley have turned out to cheer and wave Canadian flags. —Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2023 Unfortunately, their characters are not very interesting other than their ability to wave their arms and cause all sorts of mayhem to happen, with nary a single wittily snide wisecrack between them. —Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Mar. 2023 National media piled into Bridgestone Arena as the Tide rolled Mississippi State, watching Miller wave both his arms to get the fans louder before the quarterfinals. —Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 13 Mar. 2023 Protesters wave the Georgian, Ukrainian and European flags Wednesday outside Georgia's Parliament in Tbilisi. —Matthew Bodner, NBC News, 12 Mar. 2023 No wonder some people went into a kind of hibernation, venturing no further than the porch, maybe daring to wave at a neighbor barely within earshot. —Joel Achenbach, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Mar. 2023 The sound produced by a stretch of ocean wave the length of a football field crashing onto a beach is less than the kinetic energy of a car traveling down the freeway. —Paul M. Sutter, Discover Magazine, 9 Mar. 2023 So put together a DIY St. Patrick's Day craft, like a costume or sign to wave around, gather your Paddy's Day crew for a some fun holiday trivia, and get to one of these festive St. Patrick's Day events near you! —Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, 15 Feb. 2023 The solution the agencies are trying this year will be simple: a single flagger, stationed at the crosswalk to wave cars through and allow people to cross safely. —oregonlive, 13 Feb. 2023
NounThe move comes after a large wave of immigrants, sent by bus from red states, has left the city struggling to cope. —Brady Knox, Washington Examiner, 7 Mar. 2023 This deal comes just in time for the game’s fourth wave of DLC tracks, which adds eight more tracks and the return of Birdo on March 9th. —Antonio G. Di Benedetto, The Verge, 6 Mar. 2023 Then a second wave of Russian infantry race in, trying to infiltrate the trench. —Tyler Hicks Marc Santora, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2023 Tigers' latest wave of important prospects growing together MORE SEIDEL:One way to know Tigers are invested in future? —Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 4 Mar. 2023 Duluth is perhaps the most unexpected big-wave surf spot in the U.S.—especially during Minnesota’s punishing winters. —WSJ, 1 Mar. 2023 In-space focus The first wave of space billionaires, including Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and others, were primarily interested in launch. —Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 28 Feb. 2023 Lyon/Toulouse band Tombouctou are pros at detouring: arty no-wave noise in some moments, swaggering primitive punk in others. —Maria Sherman, SPIN, 28 Feb. 2023 The musical is being revived on Broadway just as the nation endures another wave of anti-Semitism, which has brought darkness even to the theater's front door. —Mark Kennedy, ajc, 27 Feb. 2023 See More
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