1》 move one's hand to and fro in greeting or as a signal.
    ↘move (one's hand or arm, or something held in one's hand) to and fro.
    ↘(wave someone/thing down) wave one's hand to stop a driver or vehicle.
    ↘(wave something aside) dismiss something as unnecessary or irrelevant.
2》 move to and fro with a swaying motion while remaining fixed to one point.
3》 style (hair) so that it curls slightly.
    ↘(of hair) grow with a slight curl.
1》 a ridge of water curling into an arched form and breaking on the shore or between two depressions in open water.
    ↘(the waves) literary the sea.
2》 a sudden occurrence of or increase in a specified phenomenon or emotion: a crime wave.
3》 a gesture or signal made by waving one's hand.
4》 a slightly curling lock of hair.
    ↘a tendency to curl in a person's hair.
5》 Physics a periodic disturbance of the particles of a substance which may be propagated without net movement of the particles, as in the passage of undulating motion or sound.
    ↘a single curve in the course of this motion.
    ↘a similar variation of an electromagnetic field in the propagation of light or other radiation.
make waves informal
1》 create a significant impression.
2》 cause trouble.
waveless adjective
OE wafian (v.), from the Gmc base of waver; the noun by alt. (influenced by the verb) of ME wawe '(sea) wave'.
On the confusion between wave and waive, see usage at waive.

English new terms dictionary. 2014.


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