Definitions for waveweɪv
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
waveweɪv(n.; v.)waved, wav•ing.
(n.)a disturbance on the surface of a liquid body, as the sea or a lake, in the form of a moving ridge or swell.
any surging or progressing movement or part resembling a wave of the sea.
a swell, surge, or rush:
a wave of disgust.
a widespread attitude or tendency, etc.:
a wave of anti-intellectualism.
a mass movement:
a wave of settlers.
an outward curve in a surface or line; undulation.
an act or instance of waving.
a waviness of the hair.
a period of unusually hot or cold weather.
Physics. a progressive disturbance propagated from point to point in a medium or space without progress or advance by the points themselves, as in the transmission of sound or light.
(v.i.)to move freely and gently back and forth or up and down, as by the action of air currents, sea swells, etc.:
flags waving in the wind.
to curve alternately in opposite directions; have an undulating form.
to bend or sway up and down or to and fro.
to be moved, esp. alternately in opposite directions:
a handkerchief waving in the distance.
to signal, esp. in greeting, by raising the hand and moving the fingers up and down.
(v.t.)to cause to flutter or have a waving motion in.
to cause to bend or sway up and down or to and fro.
to cause to curve up and down or in and out.
to give a wavy appearance or pattern to, as silk.
to impart a wave to (the hair).
to greet or signal someone by raising and moving (the hand), esp. alternately in opposite directions.
to direct by a waving movement:
to wave traffic around an obstacle.
to signify or express by a waving movement.
Idioms for wave:
make waves,Informal. to disturb the status quo.
Category: Idiom, Informal
Origin of wave:
1325–75; ME; OE wafian to wave the hands
wave, moving ridge(noun)
one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)
a movement like that of a sudden occurrence or increase in a specified phenomenon
"a wave of settlers"; "troops advancing in waves"
(physics) a movement up and down or back and forth
something that rises rapidly
"a wave of emotion swept over him"; "there was a sudden wave of buying before the market closed"; "a wave of conservatism in the country led by the hard right"
wave, waving, wafture(noun)
the act of signaling by a movement of the hand
a hairdo that creates undulations in the hair
an undulating curve
a persistent and widespread unusual weather condition (especially of unusual temperatures)
"a heat wave"
a member of the women's reserve of the United States Navy; originally organized during World War II but now no longer a separate branch
signal with the hands or nod
"She waved to her friends"; "He waved his hand hospitably"
brandish, flourish, wave(verb)
move or swing back and forth
"She waved her gun"
roll, undulate, flap, wave(verb)
move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion
"The curtains undulated"; "the waves rolled towards the beach"
twist or roll into coils or ringlets
"curl my hair, please"
set waves in
"she asked the hairdresser to wave her hair"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a raised, moving area of water
waves breaking on the beach; kids playing in the waves
the act of waving your hand or arm
She gave us a wave as she left.
a large amount or increased level
A wave of anger overtook him.; a crime wave
a movement of energy
to move your hand or arm to say hello or goodbye
She waved at her friends.; to wave hello/goodbye
to move through the air
flags waving in the breeze; They waved signs and cheered.
to indicate with your hand that sb should move somewhere
The officer waved us along.
to play loosely; to move like a wave, one way and the other; to float; to flutter; to undulate
to be moved to and fro as a signal
to fluctuate; to waver; to be in an unsettled state; to vacillate
to move one way and the other; to brandish
to raise into inequalities of surface; to give an undulating form a surface to
to move like a wave, or by floating; to waft
to call attention to, or give a direction or command to, by a waving motion, as of the hand; to signify by waving; to beckon; to signal; to indicate
an advancing ridge or swell on the surface of a liquid, as of the sea, resulting from the oscillatory motion of the particles composing it when disturbed by any force their position of rest; an undulation
a vibration propagated from particle to particle through a body or elastic medium, as in the transmission of sound; an assemblage of vibrating molecules in all phases of a vibration, with no phase repeated; a wave of vibration; an undulation. See Undulation
water; a body of water
unevenness; inequality of surface
a waving or undulating motion; a signal made with the hand, a flag, etc
the undulating line or streak of luster on cloth watered, or calendered, or on damask steel
fig.: A swelling or excitement of thought, feeling, or energy; a tide; as, waves of enthusiasm
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
A formation of forces, including ships, craft, amphibious vehicles or aircraft, required to beach or land about the same time. Waves can be classified by function: scheduled, on-call, or non-scheduled. Waves can also be classified by type of craft, e.g., assault, helicopter, or landing craft.
Translations for wave
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a moving ridge, larger than a ripple, moving on the surface of water
rolling waves; a boat tossing on the waves.
- ondaPortuguese (BR)
- die WelleGerman
- bylgja, alda, báraIcelandic
- كول، اوشان او شان كول، څپه موج) غورځنګ: سمندر، سين (شاعرانه): دويښتانو موړه، دويښتانو لوړې ژورې چې څپوته ورته وي: رپ، رپا، سوريدنه: بوك وزمه، كويان ډوله: ګډوډي، پار يدنه: څپه (دوړانګو دغږPashto
- 波浪Chinese (Trad.)
- 波浪Chinese (Simp.)
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