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verb \ ˈwāv How to pronounce wave (audio) \ waved; waving

Definition of wave

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

3a: to motion to (someone) to go in an indicated direction or to stop : signal waved down a passing carb: 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


noun (1)

Definition of wave (Entry 2 of 3)

1a: a moving ridge or swell on the surface of a liquid (as of the sea) b: open water

2a: 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 herb: a movement sweeping large numbers in a common direction waves of protestc: 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

7a: 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


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