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Definition 1: a movement like that of a sudden occurrence or increase in a specified phenomenon - [noun denoting act]

Samples where wave or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a wave of settlers
  • troops advancing in waves

(wave is a kind of ...) a change of position that does not entail a change of location

"the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise" "movement is a sign of life" "an impatient move of his hand" "gastrointestinal motility"

Definition 2: a hairdo that creates undulations in the hair - [noun denoting body]

(wave is a kind of ...) the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair)

(... is a kind of wave ) a wave made with the fingers

(... is a kind of wave ) a series of waves in the hair made by applying heat and chemicals

Definition 3: the act of signaling by a movement of the hand - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for wave in the sense of this definition

(wave is a kind of ...) the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals

(... is a kind of wave ) the act of waving

Definition 4: (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for wave in the sense of this definition

(wave is a kind of ...) a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

(... is a kind of wave ) the motion made by flapping up and down

(... is a kind of wave ) (electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients)

"the pulsations seemed to be coming from a star"

(... is a kind of wave ) a region of high pressure travelling through a gas at a high velocity

"the explosion created a shock wave"

(... is a kind of wave ) the shape of a wave illustrated graphically by plotting the values of the period quantity against time

(... is a kind of wave ) (acoustics) a wave that transmits sound

(... is a kind of wave ) a wave in which the medium moves in the direction of propagation of the wave

(... is a kind of wave ) a wave (as a sound wave in a chamber or an electromagnetic wave in a transmission line) in which the ratio of its instantaneous amplitude at one point to that at any other point does not vary with time

(... is a kind of wave ) a wave on the surface of a lake or landlocked bay; caused by atmospheric or seismic disturbances

(... is a kind of wave ) a wave motion

"the fluctuations of the sea"

(... is a kind of wave ) (physics) a regular periodic variation in value about a mean

(... is a kind of wave ) a wave whose waveform resembles a sine curve

(... is a kind of wave ) (physics) a wave that is hypothesized to propagate gravity and to travel at the speed of light

(wave belongs to category ...) the science of matter and energy and their interactions

"his favorite subject was physics"

Definition 5: one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water) - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for wave in the sense of this definition

(wave is a kind of ...) a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

(... is a kind of wave ) a long curling sea wave

(... is a kind of wave ) a long heavy sea wave as it advances towards the shore

(... is a kind of wave ) a cataclysm resulting from a destructive sea wave caused by an earthquake or volcanic eruption

"a colossal tsunami destroyed the Minoan civilization in minutes"

(... is a kind of wave ) an unusual (and often destructive) rise of water along the seashore caused by a storm or a combination of wind and high tide

(... is a kind of wave ) a wave resulting from the periodic flow of the tides that is caused by the gravitational attraction of the moon and sun

(... is a kind of wave ) a large sea wave

(... is a kind of wave ) a wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground

(... is a kind of wave ) the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea

(... is a kind of wave ) a small wave on the surface of a liquid

(... is a kind of wave ) the movement or sound of water

"the swash of waves on the beach"

(... is a kind of wave ) the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward

"the motorboat's wake capsized the canoe"

(... is a kind of wave ) waves breaking on the shore

(... is a kind of wave ) a wave that is blown by the wind so its crest is broken and appears white

Definition 6: something that rises rapidly - [noun denoting event]

Samples where wave or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a wave of emotion swept over him
  • there was a sudden wave of buying before the market closed
  • a wave of conservatism in the country led by the hard right

(wave is a kind of ...) a growth in strength or number or importance

Definition 7: a member of the women's reserve of the United States Navy; originally organized during World War II but now no longer a separate branch - [noun denoting person]

(wave is a kind of ...) a member of a military reserve

(wave is a kind of ...) an adult female person (as opposed to a man)

"the woman kept house while the man hunted"

Definition 8: a persistent and widespread unusual weather condition (especially of unusual temperatures) - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Samples where wave or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a heat wave

(wave is a kind of ...) the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation

"they were hoping for good weather" "every day we have weather conditions and yesterday was no exception" "the conditions were too rainy for playing in the snow"

(... is a kind of wave ) a wave of unusually cold weather

(... is a kind of wave ) a wave of unusually hot weather

(wave is a part of ...) all the points just reached by a wave as it propagates

Definition 9: an undulating curve - [noun denoting shape]

Synonyms for wave in the sense of this definition

(wave is a kind of ...) the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes

(... is a kind of wave ) the curve of y=sin x

Definition 10: set waves in - [verb of body]

Samples where wave or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she asked the hairdresser to wave her hair

(wave is a kind of ...) arrange attractively

"dress my hair for the wedding"

(... is a kind of wave ) make a marcel in a woman's hair

(... is a kind of wave ) make wavy with a heated goffering iron

"goffer the trim of the dress"

(... is a kind of wave ) give a permanent wave to

"She perms her hair"

Definition 11: signal with the hands or nod - [verb of communication]

Samples where wave or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She waved to her friends
  • He waved his hand hospitably

Synonyms for wave in the sense of this definition

(wave is a kind of ...) show, express or direct through movement

"He gestured his desire to leave"

Definition 12: move or swing back and forth - [verb of contact]

Samples where wave or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She waved her gun

Synonyms for wave in the sense of this definition

(wave is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of wave ) send a signal by waving a flag or a light according to a certain code

(wave implies ...) have or hold in one's hands or grip

"Hold this bowl for a moment, please" "A crazy idea took hold of him"

Definition 13: twist or roll into coils or ringlets - [verb of contact]

Samples where wave or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • curl my hair, please

Synonyms for wave in the sense of this definition

(wave is a kind of ...) turn in the opposite direction

"twist one's head"

(... is a kind of wave ) curl tightly

"crimp hair"

Definition 14: move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion - [verb of motion]

Samples where wave or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The curtains undulated
  • the waves rolled towards the beach

Synonyms for wave in the sense of this definition

(wave is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(... is a kind of wave ) flap when the wind is blowing equally on both sides

"the sails luffed"

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