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Meaning & Definition of Wave in English

English

Wave

/wev/

noun

1. One of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)

    synonym:
  • wave
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • wave

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

    synonym:
  • wave
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • wave

5. The act of signaling by a movement of the hand

    synonym:
  • wave
  • ,
  • waving
  • ,
  • wafture

6. A hairdo that creates undulations in the hair

    synonym:
  • wave

7. An undulating curve

    synonym:
  • wave
  • ,
  • undulation

8. A persistent and widespread unusual weather condition (especially of unusual temperatures)

  • "A heat wave"
    synonym:
  • wave

9. 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
    synonym:
  • Wave

verb

1. Signal with the hands or nod

  • "She waved to her friends"
  • "He waved his hand hospitably"
    synonym:
  • beckon
  • ,
  • wave

2. Move or swing back and forth

  • "She waved her gun"
    synonym:
  • brandish
  • ,
  • flourish
  • ,
  • wave

3. Move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion

  • "The curtains undulated"
  • "The waves rolled towards the beach"
    synonym:
  • roll
  • ,
  • undulate
  • ,
  • flap
  • ,
  • wave

4. Twist or roll into coils or ringlets

  • "Curl my hair, please"
    synonym:
  • curl
  • ,
  • wave

5. Set waves in

  • "She asked the hairdresser to wave her hair"
    synonym:
  • wave

Examples of using

History is like Quantum Physics, the observer affects the event observed. Is the Kennedy assasination a particle or a wave?