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wave

wave

 
pronunciation:
weIv
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a moving ridge or swell on the surface of a body of water.
The boat rocked on the ocean waves.
 
similar words:
billow, breaker, ripple, roll, swell
definition 2: a curve or curves.
Her hair is full of waves.
similar words:
arc, bend, billow, bow, curl, curve, ripple, roll, swell
definition 3: a motion or signal made by moving the hand up and down or back and forth.
She said goodbye and gave me a wave.
similar words:
flourish, gesture, greeting, sign, signal
definition 4: a sudden increase of a feeling, activity, or condition.
She felt a wave of happiness.There was a wave of cold weather.
synonyms:
rush, surge
similar words:
flood, flow, gush, outburst, stream, tide
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: waved, waves, waving
definition 1: to move up and down or back and forth with ease.
The flag waves at the top of the pole.
synonyms:
flap, flutter
similar words:
billow, fly, stream
definition 2: to make a signal by moving a hand, arm, or object up and down or back and forth.
She waved when she saw us.
similar words:
gesture, salute, sign, signal
definition 3: to be shaped in a series of curves; gently curl.
His hair waves.
synonyms:
curl, curve
definition 4: to cause to move up and down or back and forth.
I waved my hand.
similar words:
flap, flourish, flutter, vibrate
definition 5: to give a sign or direct by moving one's hand up and down or back and forth.
I waved hello.He waved them off the stage.
synonyms:
motion
similar words:
beckon, sign, signal
definition 6: to shape into curves.
I waved my hair.
synonyms:
curl
derivations: waveless (adj.), wavelike (adj.)
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