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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


Synonymsundulation


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


Synonymsundulation


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.


Synonymsbeckon


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


Synonymscurl


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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