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Meaning of WAVE

Pronunciation:  weyv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a movement like that of an ocean wave; "a wave of settlers"; "troops advancing in waves"
  2. [n]  a hairdo that creates undulations in the hair
  3. [n]  the act of signaling by a movement of the hand
  4. [n]  (physics) a progressive disturbance propagated without displacement of the medium itself
  5. [n]  one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)
  6. [n]  something that rises rapidly and dies away; "a wave of emotion swept over him"; "there was a sudden wave of buying before the market closed"
  7. [n]  an undulating curve
  8. [v]  set waves in; of hair
  9. [v]  signal with the hands or nod; "She waved to her friends"; "He waved his hand hospitably"
  10. [v]  move or swing back and forth; "She waved her gun."
  11. [v]  twist or roll into coils or ringlets; "curl my hair, please"
  12. [v]  move in a wavy pattern, as of curtains

WAVE is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: beckon, brandish, curl, flap, flourish, moving ridge, undulate, undulation, undulation, wafture, waving
 See Also: acoustic wave, arrange, backwash, billow, brandish, breaker, breakers, coif, coiffe, coiffure, coiffure, crape, crestless wave, crimp, curve, curved shape, displace, do, dress, finger wave, flap, flapping, flourish, fluctuation, flutter, fluttering, frizz, frizzle, gesticulate, gesture, gesture, gravitation wave, gravity wave, hair style, hairdo, hold, impulse, kink, kink up, lift, luff, marcel, motility, motion, motion, motion, motion, move, move, move, movement, movement, oscillation, periodic event, perm, perm, permanent, permanent wave, pulsation, pulse, pulsing, recurrent event, riffle, ripple, rippling, rise, roll, roller, rolling wave, seiche, set, sine curve, sine wave, sinusoid, sound wave, standing wave, stationary wave, surf, surge, swash, swell, take hold, tidal wave, tsunami, twist, vibration, wake, wave form, wave front, wave shape, waveform, wavelet, white horse, whitecap, wigwag



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wave\, n.
    Something resembling or likened to a water wave, as in rising
    unusually high, in being of unusual extent, or in progressive
    motion; a swelling or excitement, as of feeling or energy; a
    tide; flood; period of intensity, usual activity, or the
    like; as, a wave of enthusiasm.
  2. \Wave\ (w[=a]v), v. t.
    See {Waive}. --Sir H. Wotton. Burke.
  3. \Wave\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Waved} (w[=a]vd); p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Waving}.] [OE. waven, AS. wafian to waver, to hesitate,
    to wonder; akin to w[ae]fre wavering, restless, MHG. wabern
    to be in motion, Icel. vafra to hover about; cf. Icel.
    v[=a]fa to vibrate. Cf. {Waft}, {Waver}.]
    1. To play loosely; to move like a wave, one way and the
       other; to float; to flutter; to undulate.
             His purple robes waved careless to the winds.
             Where the flags of three nations has successively
             waved.                                --Hawthorne.
    2. To be moved to and fro as a signal. --B. Jonson.
    3. To fluctuate; to waver; to be in an unsettled state; to
       vacillate. [Obs.]
             He waved indifferently 'twixt doing them neither
             good nor harm.                        --Shak.
  4. \Wave\, v. t.
    1. To move one way and the other; to brandish. ``[[AE]neas]
       waved his fatal sword.'' --Dryden.
    2. To raise into inequalities of surface; to give an
       undulating form a surface to.
             Horns whelked and waved like the enridged sea.
    3. To move like a wave, or by floating; to waft. [Obs.] --Sir
       T. Browne.
    4. To call attention to, or give a direction or command to,
       by a waving motion, as of the hand; to signify by waving;
       to beckon; to signal; to indicate.
             Look, with what courteous action It waves you to a
             more removed ground.                  --Shak.
             She spoke, and bowing waved Dismissal. --Tennyson.
  5. \Wave\, n. [From {Wave}, v.; not the same word as OE. wawe,
    waghe, a wave, which is akin to E. wag to move. [root]136.
    See {Wave}, v. i.]
    1. An advancing ridge or swell on the surface of a liquid, as
       of the sea, resulting from the oscillatory motion of the
       particles composing it when disturbed by any force their
       position of rest; an undulation.
             The wave behind impels the wave before. --Pope.
    2. (Physics) A vibration propagated from particle to particle
       through a body or elastic medium, as in the transmission
       of sound; an assemblage of vibrating molecules in all
       phases of a vibration, with no phase repeated; a wave of
       vibration; an undulation. See {Undulation}.
    3. Water; a body of water. [Poetic] ``Deep drank Lord Marmion
       of the wave.'' --Sir W. Scott.
             Build a ship to save thee from the flood, I 'll
             furnish thee with fresh wave, bread, and wine.
    4. Unevenness; inequality of surface. --Sir I. Newton.
    5. A waving or undulating motion; a signal made with the
       hand, a flag, etc.
    6. The undulating line or streak of luster on cloth watered,
       or calendered, or on damask steel.
    7. Fig.: A swelling or excitement of thought, feeling, or
       energy; a tide; as, waves of enthusiasm.
    {Wave front} (Physics), the surface of initial displacement
       of the particles in a medium, as a wave of vibration
    {Wave length} (Physics), the space, reckoned in the direction
       of propagation, occupied by a complete wave or undulation,
       as of light, sound, etc.; the distance from a point or
       phase in a wave to the nearest point at which the same
       phase occurs.
    {Wave line} (Shipbuilding), a line of a vessel's hull, shaped
       in accordance with the wave-line system.
    {Wave-line system}, {Wave-line theory} (Shipbuilding), a
       system or theory of designing the lines of a vessel, which
       takes into consideration the length and shape of a wave
       which travels at a certain speed.
    {Wave loaf}, a loaf for a wave offering. --Lev. viii. 27.
    {Wave moth} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of small
       geometrid moths belonging to {Acidalia} and allied genera;
       -- so called from the wavelike color markings on the
    {Wave offering}, an offering made in the Jewish services by
       waving the object, as a loaf of bread, toward the four
       cardinal points. --Num. xviii. 11.
    {Wave of vibration} (Physics), a wave which consists in, or
       is occasioned by, the production and transmission of a
       vibratory state from particle to particle through a body.
    {Wave surface}.
       (a) (Physics) A surface of simultaneous and equal
           displacement of the particles composing a wave of
       (b) (Geom.) A mathematical surface of the fourth order
           which, upon certain hypotheses, is the locus of a wave
           surface of light in the interior of crystals. It is
           used in explaining the phenomena of double refraction.
           See under {Refraction}.
    {Wave theory}. (Physics) See {Undulatory theory}, under
  6. \Wave\, n. [See {Woe}.]
    Woe. [Obs.]
Computing Dictionary

A robotics language.

["WAVE: A Model-Based Language for Manipulator Control", R.P. Paul, Ind Robot 4(1):10-17, 1979].

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing clear, calm waves in your dream means a calming of emotions. It may also signal an important decision to be made. Hearing waves crashing in your dream indicates tenderness and relaxation. It also brings about feelings of sensuality and sexuality. Dreaming that you are caught in a tidal wave means the strength of your emotions, perhaps accompanied by tears that you are holding back in your waking life. Seeing muddy, violent waves in your dream means that a fatal error was made in an important decision.
Biology Dictionary
  1. An oscillatory movement of water on or near the surface of standing water in which a succession of crests and troughs advance while particles of water follow cyclic paths without advancing.
  2. Motion of water in a flowing stream so as to develop the superficial appearance of a wave.