What does wave mean?

Definitions for wave

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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)

  2. wave(noun)

    a movement like that of a sudden occurrence or increase in a specified phenomenon

    "a wave of settlers"; "troops advancing in waves"

  3. wave, undulation(noun)

    (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth

  4. wave(noun)

    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"

  5. wave, waving, wafture(noun)

    the act of signaling by a movement of the hand

  6. wave(noun)

    a hairdo that creates undulations in the hair

  7. wave, undulation(noun)

    an undulating curve

  8. wave(noun)

    a persistent and widespread unusual weather condition (especially of unusual temperatures)

    "a heat wave"

  9. Wave(verb)

    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

  10. beckon, wave(verb)

    signal with the hands or nod

    "She waved to her friends"; "He waved his hand hospitably"

  11. brandish, flourish, wave(verb)

    move or swing back and forth

    "She waved her gun"

  12. 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"

  13. curl, wave(verb)

    twist or roll into coils or ringlets

    "curl my hair, please"

  14. wave(verb)

    set waves in

    "she asked the hairdresser to wave her hair"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wave(verb)

    see Waive

  2. Wave(verb)

    to play loosely; to move like a wave, one way and the other; to float; to flutter; to undulate

  3. Wave(verb)

    to be moved to and fro as a signal

  4. Wave(verb)

    to fluctuate; to waver; to be in an unsettled state; to vacillate

  5. Wave(verb)

    to move one way and the other; to brandish

  6. Wave(verb)

    to raise into inequalities of surface; to give an undulating form a surface to

  7. Wave(verb)

    to move like a wave, or by floating; to waft

  8. Wave(verb)

    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

  9. Wave(verb)

    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

  10. Wave(verb)

    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

  11. Wave(verb)

    water; a body of water

  12. Wave(verb)

    unevenness; inequality of surface

  13. Wave(verb)

    a waving or undulating motion; a signal made with the hand, a flag, etc

  14. Wave(verb)

    the undulating line or streak of luster on cloth watered, or calendered, or on damask steel

  15. Wave(verb)

    fig.: A swelling or excitement of thought, feeling, or energy; a tide; as, waves of enthusiasm

  16. Wave(noun)


  17. Origin: [OE. waven, AS. wafian to waver, to hesitate, to wonder; akin to wfre wavering, restless, MHG. wabern to be in motion, Icel. vafra to hover about; cf. Icel. vfa to vibrate. Cf. Waft, Waver.]


  1. WAVE

    WAVE is the NBC-affiliated television station in Louisville, Kentucky. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 47 from a transmitter in New Albany, Indiana. Owned by Raycom Media, WAVE maintains studios on South Floyd Street in downtown Louisville. Syndicated programming seen on WAVE includes The Dr. Oz Show, America Now, Extra, Right This Minute and Ellen.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wave

    wāv, n. a ridge on the surface of water swaying or moving backwards and forwards: (poet.) the sea: a state of vibration propagated through a system of particles: inequality of surface: a line or streak like a wave: an undulation: a rush of anything: a gesture.—v.i. to move like a wave: to play loosely: to be moved, as a signal: to fluctuate.—v.t. to move backwards and forwards: to brandish: to waft or beckon: to raise into inequalities of surface.—p.adj. Waved, showing a wavelike form or outline: undulating: (her.) indented: (nat. hist.) having on the margin a succession of curved segments or incisions.—n. Wave′-length, the distance between the crests of adjacent waves.—adj. Wave′less, free from waves: undisturbed.—n. Wave′let, a little wave.—adj. Wave′like.—ns. Wave′-line, the outline, path, of a wave: the surface of the waves: the line made by a wave on the shore; Wave′-loaf, a loaf for a wave-offering; Wave′-mō′tion, undulatory movement; Wave′-mould′ing (archit.), undulating moulding; Wave′-off′ering, an ancient Jewish custom of moving the hands in succession towards the four points of the compass in presenting certain offerings—opposed to the Heave-offering, in which the hands were only lifted up and lowered.—v.t. Wā′ver, to move to and fro: to shake: to falter: to be unsteady or undetermined: to be in danger of falling.—ns. Wā′verer; Wā′vering.—adv. Wā′veringly, in a wavering or irresolute manner.—n. Wā′veringness.—adjs. Wā′verous, Wā′very, unsteady.—n. Wave′son, goods floating on the sea after a shipwreck.—adj. Wave′-worn, worn or washed away by the waves.—ns. Wā′viness, the state or quality of being wavy; Wā′ving.—adj. Wā′vy, full of or rising in waves: playing to and fro: undulating.—Hot wave, Warm wave, a movement of heat or warmth onwards, generally eastward. [A.S. wafian, to wave; cf. Ice. vafra, to waver.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. wave

    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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. wave

    [from the Anglo-Saxon wæg]. A volume of water rising in surgesabove the general level, and elevated in proportion to the wind.

Editors Contribution

  1. wave

    A known signal with the hand.

    She would always wave at the neighbours as she jogged by.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 22, 2019  
  2. wave

    A movement of energy.

    In the stadium you feel the wave of enthusiasm and passion among the supporters.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 22, 2019  
  3. wave

    A type of movement in a body of water.

    In the sea, river and lake there was a wave sometimes.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 22, 2019  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wave' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3111

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wave' in Nouns Frequency: #792

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wave' in Verbs Frequency: #598

How to pronounce wave?

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How to say wave in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wave in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of wave in a Sentence

  1. Fernandez Jones:

    All it takes is one bad wave.

  2. James McRitchie:

    It's the beginning of a huge wave.

  3. Homer:

    A small rock holds back a great wave.

  4. Paul Dergarabedian:

    It was able to catch an awards season wave.

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Life is a wave of love in the ocean of time.

Images & Illustrations of wave

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