wave1 [ weıv ] noun count ***
▸ 1 raised water
▸ 2 appearance/increase
▸ 3 sudden strong emotion
▸ 4 movement of hand, etc.
▸ 5 of sound/radio etc.
▸ 6 slight curl in hair
1. ) a line of water that rises up on the surface of an ocean, lake, or river:
The boat was smashed by a huge wave.
Children swam and played in the waves.
a ) a shape that has a series of curves, or a single one of these curves
b ) the waves plural LITERARY the sea
2. ) a sudden increase of a particular type of behavior or activity, especially one that is unpleasant or not welcome:
wave of: A fresh wave of selling sent technology stocks even lower.
a frightening wave of crime and violence
a ) a large number of people moving or arriving somewhere at the same time:
wave of: Waves of protesters began arriving at the stadium.
in waves: Demonstrators came to the rally in waves.
b ) a period of activity that is part of a series of similar periods:
Much of Dresden was destroyed by wave after wave of bombing.
3. ) a sudden strong feeling or emotion that a person or group of people has:
wave of: They were overcome by a wave of horror at the news.
The scandal set off a wave of anger among local residents.
She felt a wave of tiredness sweep over her.
4. ) a movement of your hand used for saying hello or goodbye to someone or for giving a signal:
Heidi walked away with a wave.
a ) the action of moving an object in the air, especially in order to give a signal:
With a wave of the flag, the cars raced away.
b ) AMERICAN a movement that a crowd of people makes when they stand up in rows and each row raises their arms as they stand
5. ) the way in which sound, light, a radio signal, etc. travels
6. ) a slight curl in a person's hair
make waves INFORMAL
to cause problems by making suggestions or criticisms:
The independent candidates are making waves in the presidential debate.
the wave of the future AMERICAN
something that will be very popular or fashionable in the future
wave 2 [ weıv ] verb **
1. ) intransitive or transitive to move your hand to say hello or goodbye or as a signal:
He smiled and waved when he saw me.
Aren't they beautiful? Don said, waving his hand at the mountains.
wave to: Mrs. Clinton waved to the media and members of the public.
wave at: She waved at her parents as the bus pulled away.
wave goodbye (to someone): Wave goodbye to Grandma, Charlie.
a ) transitive to move your hand in order to tell someone to move, leave, or stop annoying you:
wave someone away/off/on: He waved me away when I offered to help.
2. ) intransitive to move smoothly and gently from side to side:
All around me I saw tall trees waving in the wind.
wave something around: A man walked into the store, waving a gun around.
wave something at someone: He waved his finger at Lucy in a threatening manner.
a ) transitive to move something around in the air
3. ) intransitive if hair waves, it forms slight curls
wave something goodbye/wave goodbye to something INFORMAL
used for saying that someone will lose something or not be able to have it:
If John loses his job, we can wave our house goodbye.
,wave a`side phrasal verb transitive
to ignore someone's ideas, feelings, or opinions because you do not think they are important:
Whenever I mention finances, he just waves aside my concerns.
,wave `down phrasal verb transitive
to make a vehicle stop by waving your arm or hand at the driver
,wave `off phrasal verb transitive
wave someone off to say goodbye to someone by waving as they leave:
She stood on the porch and waved her children off to school.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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