1. [ noun ] one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)
Synonyms: moving_ridge
Related terms: movement tidal_wave ripple swell swash roller surf billow lift whitecap shock_wave wake
2. [ verb ] signal with the hands or nod
Synonyms: beckon

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

Related terms: gesticulate
3. [ noun ] a movement like that of an ocean wave

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

Related terms: motion undulate
4. [ noun ] (physics) a progressive disturbance propagated without displacement of the medium itself
Synonyms: undulation
Related terms: movement periodic_event sound_wave oscillation pulsation seiche standing_wave gravity_wave wave_form sine_wave shock_wave flap fluctuation traveling_wave wave_front physics
5. [ verb ] move or swing back and forth
Synonyms: brandish flourish

"She waved her gun."

Related terms: move wigwag flourish hold
6. [ verb ] move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion
Synonyms: flap roll undulate

"The curtains undulated" "the waves rolled towards the beach"

Related terms: move luff roller undulation
7. [ 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"

Related terms: rise
8. [ noun ] (zoology) a hairdo that creates undulations in the hair
Related terms: hairdo finger_wave permanent_wave curl
9. [ noun ] the act of signaling by a movement of the hand
Synonyms: wafture waving
Related terms: gesture flourish beckon
10. [ verb ] twist or roll into coils or ringlets
Synonyms: curl

"curl my hair, please"

Related terms: twist crimp
11. [ verb ] set waves in

"she asked the hairdresser to wave her hair"

Related terms: dress gauffer perm marcel
12. [ noun ] (meteorology) a persistent and widespread unusual weather condition (especially of unusual temperatures)
Related terms: weather heat_wave cold_wave wave_front
13. [ noun ] (military,work) 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
Related terms: woman reservist
14. [ noun ] an undulating curve
Synonyms: undulation
Related terms: curve sine_curve
Similar spelling:   waive