wave meaning

[ weiv ] Pronunciation:   "wave" in a sentence
Noun: wave  weyv
  1. One of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)
    - moving ridge 
  2. A movement like that of a sudden occurrence or increase in a specified phenomenon
    "a wave of settlers"; "troops advancing in waves" 
  3. (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth
    - undulation 
  4. 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. The act of signaling by a movement of the hand
    - waving, wafture 
  6. A hairdo that creates undulations in the hair 
  7. An undulating curve
    - undulation 
  8. A persistent and widespread unusual weather condition (especially of unusual temperatures)
    "a heat wave"
Verb: wave  weyv
  1. Signal with the hands or nod
    "She waved to her friends"; "He waved his hand hospitably"
    - beckon 
  2. Move or swing back and forth
    "She waved her gun"
    - brandish, flourish 
  3. Move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion
    "the waves rolled towards the beach"
    - roll, undulate, flap 
  4. Twist or roll into coils or ringlets
    - curl 
  5. Set waves in
    "she asked the hairdresser to wave her hair"
Noun: Wave
  1. 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

Sounds like: waive

Derived forms: waves, Waves, waving, waved

See also: wavelet, waver, wavy

Type of: adult female, arrange, atmospheric condition, coif, coiffe, coiffure, conditions, curve, curved shape, displace, do, dress, gesticulate, gesture, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle, motility, motion, move, movement, reservist, rise, set, twist, weather, weather condition, woman

Encyclopedia: Wave

noun [C]


a sudden increase in a particular activity or feeling:

The region is experiencing a wave of investment.

2 (Technical )

the form that some types of energy such as heat, sound, light, etc. take as they move

RIDE verb

(*) 1. A formation of forces, landing ships, craft, amphibious vehicles or aircraft, required to beach or land about the same time.
Can be classified as to type, function or order as shown: a.
assault wave; b.
boat wave; c.
helicopter wave; d.
numbered wave; e.
on-call wave; f.
scheduled wave.
2. (DOD only) An undulation of water caused by the progressive movement of energy from point to point along the surface of the water.
(JP 4-01.6)

1. A single oscillation of some property of matter or space, such as density, displacement, or field strength. It moves outward from a point of disturbance and grows weaker as it travels farther. Wave motion is associated with mechanical vibration, sound, radio, heat, light, X rays, gamma rays, and cosmic rays. See SOUND and WAVELENGTH.
2. A single cycle of alternating or pulsating current or voltage. Also see AC VOLTAGE, ALTERNATING CURRENT, PULSATING DC VOLTAGE, and PULSATING DIRECT CURRENT.

A metaphor for daily market activity that goes against the weekly market tide.
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  1. huge waves came crashing almost on top of us ..
  2. wave speed equals frequency times wavelength.
  3. he waved me back imperiously with his hand.
  4. earlier the waves had washed out beach drive.
  5. confined waves have definite frequencies.

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