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English noun: wave

1. wave (event) one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)

Synonymsmoving ridge

Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

Narrower (hyponym)backwash, billow, breaker, breakers, comber, crestless wave, lift, riffle, ripple, rippling, rise, roll, roller, rolling wave, surf, surge, swash, swell, tidal wave, tidal wave, tsunami, wake, wavelet, white horse, whitecap

2. wave (act) a movement like that of a sudden occurrence or increase in a specified phenomenon

SamplesA wave of settlers.
Troops advancing in waves.

Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement

3. wave (event) (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth


Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

Narrower (hyponym)acoustic wave, blast wave, flap, flapping, fluctuation, flutter, fluttering, gravitation wave, gravity wave, impulse, oscillation, pulsation, pulse, pulsing, seiche, shock wave, sine wave, sound wave, standing wave, stationary wave, traveling wave, travelling wave, vibration, wave form, wave shape, waveform

Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

4. wave (event) something that rises rapidly

SamplesA 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.

Broader (hypernym)rise

5. wave (communication) the act of signaling by a movement of the hand

Synonymswafture, waving

Broader (hypernym)gesture, motion

Narrower (hyponym)brandish, flourish

6. wave (body) a hairdo that creates undulations in the hair

Broader (hypernym)coif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle

Narrower (hyponym)finger wave, perm, permanent, permanent wave

7. wave (shape) an undulating curve


Broader (hypernym)curve, curved shape

Narrower (hyponym)sine curve, sinusoid

8. wave (phenomenon) a persistent and widespread unusual weather condition (especially of unusual temperatures)

SamplesA heat wave.

Broader (hypernym)atmospheric condition, conditions, weather, weather condition

Narrower (hyponym)cold wave, heat wave

Part holonymwave front

9. Wave (person) 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

Broader (hypernym)adult female, reservist, woman

English verb: wave

1. wave (communication) signal with the hands or nod

SamplesShe waved to her friends.
He waved his hand hospitably.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to somebody

Broader (hypernym)gesticulate, gesture, motion

2. wave (contact) move or swing back and forth

SamplesShe waved her gun.

Synonymsbrandish, flourish

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)wigwag

Entailhold, take hold

3. wave (motion) move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion

SamplesThe curtains undulated.
The waves rolled towards the beach.

Synonymsflap, roll, undulate

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)luff

4. wave (contact) twist or roll into coils or ringlets

SamplesCurl my hair, please.

ExamplesThey wave their hair


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)twist

Narrower (hyponym)crape, crimp, frizz, frizzle, kink, kink up

5. wave (body) set waves in

SamplesShe asked the hairdresser to wave her hair.

ExamplesThey wave their hair

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)arrange, coif, coiffe, coiffure, do, dress, set

Narrower (hyponym)gauffer, goffer, marcel, perm

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