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Definition of "wave" []

  • To move freely back and forth or up and down in the air, as branches in the wind. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make a signal with an up-and-down or back-and-forth movement of the hand or an object held in the hand: waved as she drove by. (verb-intransitive)
  • To have an undulating or wavy form; curve or curl: Her hair waves naturally. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cause to move back and forth or up and down, either once or repeatedly: She waved a fan before her face. (verb-transitive)
  • To move or swing as in giving a signal: He waved his hand. See Synonyms at flourish. (verb-transitive)
  • To move or cause to move freely to and fro (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To move the hand to and fro as a greeting (verb)
  • To signal or signify by or as if by waving something (verb)
  • To direct to move by or as if by waving something (verb)
  • To form or be formed into curves, undulations, etc (verb)
  • To give a wavy or watered appearance to (silk, etc) (verb)
  • To set waves in (the hair) (verb)
  • One of a sequence of ridges or undulations that moves across the surface of a body of a liquid, esp the sea: created by the wind or a moving object and gravity (noun)
  • Any undulation on or at the edge of a surface reminiscent of such a wave (noun)
  • Anything that suggests the movement of a wave, as by a sudden rise (noun)
  • A widespread movement that advances in a body (noun)
  • The act or an instance of waving (noun)
  • An oscillation propagated through a medium or space such that energy is periodically interchanged between two kinds of disturbance. For example, an oscillating electric field generates a magnetic oscillation and vice versa, hence an electromagnetic wave is produced. Similarly a wave on a liquid comprises vertical and horizontal displacements (noun)
  • A graphical representation of a wave obtained by plotting the magnitude of the disturbance against time at a particular point in the medium or space; waveform (noun)
  • A prolonged spell of some weather condition (noun)
  • An undulating curve or series of curves or loose curls in the hair (noun)
  • An undulating pattern or finish on a fabric (noun)

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Use "wave" in a sentence
  • "IMPORT:transormers nerrd seriously if he takes another and full of classic transformers and throws them in a desert i will be very upset, completely ignoring their story lines and introducing sound wave was a big mistake because of the first film "TRANSFORMERS"not G-1 pushed frenzy in with out bringing in sound wave_ rewrite the script before you make the film, ask a couple of original TF fans if it works out, not your toilet_anyway all we can do is wait nothing more nothing less OR go to his house with a stack of vhs tapes of the original series and a box of marvel comics,trans formers spotlight comics."
  • "But even Wilson, in spite of himself, was caught in the word wave of the moment, introducing in his work such now-familiar made-in-Ancient-Greek ideas as metaphor, allegory, image, and of course rhetorique itself, his Renaissance English for rhetoric."
  • "As you can see it still needs some work – the repetitive sin wave is far too obvious at this scale – but the function is actually very flexible and after some experimentation with values and some more variation I think it will be fine."