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wave

wave

 
 
pronunciation:
weIv
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive 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, riffle, ripple, roll, ruffle, swell, tidal wave, tsunami, undulation, wavelet, whitecap
definition 2: a curve or curves, esp. when moving; undulation.
The child loved to touch the waves of her hair.The wind made waves in the field of wheat.
synonyms:
undulation
similar words:
arc, bend, billow, bow, curl, curve, oscillation, ripple, roll, ruffle, swell
definition 3: a gesture or signal made by moving the hand up and down or back and forth.
She gave a quick wave and boarded the train.
similar words:
flourish, gesticulation, gesture, greeting, salutation, sign, signal
definition 4: a fluttering movement.
The dog's tail moved like the wave of a flag.
synonyms:
flap, flutter
similar words:
billow, flit, undulation
definition 5: a rapid or temporary intensification of a feeling, activity, or condition; surge.
A wave of happiness suddenly came over her.We stayed inside during last week's wave of cold weather.
synonyms:
rush, surge
similar words:
flood, flow, groundswell, gush, outburst, outpouring, spate, stream, tide
definition 6: (pl.) the sea or ocean.
synonyms:
ocean, sea
similar words:
water
definition 7: a mass movement or migration of people or animals.
a wave of immigrants
similar words:
flood, mass, migration, surge, tidal wave
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: waved, waves, waving
definition 1: to move freely up and down or back and forth; flutter.
The flag waved at the top of the pole.
synonyms:
flap, flutter
similar words:
billow, fly, stream, undulate
definition 2: to make a gesture by moving a hand, arm, or object up and down or back and forth.
She waved when she saw us at the station.
similar words:
gesticulate, gesture, salute, sign, signal
definition 3: to be shaped in a succession of curves; gently or loosely curl.
His hair is not straight; it waves.
synonyms:
curl, curve
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to cause to move up and down or back and forth.
He waved both arms as he called for help.
similar words:
brandish, flap, flourish, flutter, roll, vibrate
definition 2: to signify or direct by moving one's hand up and down or back and forth.
The First Lady waved hello to the crowd.The teacher waved the straggling children off the stage.
synonyms:
motion
similar words:
beckon, shake, sign, signal
definition 3: to shape into curves.
I decided to wave my hair for the wedding.
synonyms:
curl, perm
derivations: waveless (adj.), wavelike (adj.)
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