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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a moving ridge or swell on the surface of a body of water.
The boat rocked on the ocean waves.
similar words:
billow, breaker, ripple, roll, swell, tsunami
definition 2: a curve or curves.
Her hair is full of waves.
similar words:
arc, bend, billow, bow, curl, curve, ripple, roll, swell
definition 3: a motion or signal made by moving the hand up and down or back and forth.
She said goodbye and gave me a wave.
similar words:
flourish, gesture, greeting, sign, signal
definition 4: a sudden increase of a feeling, activity, or condition.
She felt a wave of happiness.There was a wave of cold weather.
rush, surge
similar words:
flood, flow, gush, outburst, stream, tide
definition 5: the form that energy takes when traveling. Energy in the form of heat, light, or sound, for example, travels in the form of waves.
Light waves travel much faster than sound waves.
part of speech: verb
inflections: waves, waving, waved
definition 1: to move up and down or back and forth with ease.
The flag waves at the top of the pole.
flap, flutter
similar words:
billow, fly, stream
definition 2: to make a signal by moving a hand, arm, or object up and down or back and forth.
She waved when she saw us.
similar words:
gesture, salute, sign, signal
definition 3: to be shaped in a series of curves; gently curl.
His hair waves.
curl, curve
definition 4: to cause to move up and down or back and forth.
I waved my hand.
similar words:
flap, flourish, flutter, vibrate
definition 5: to give a sign or direct by moving one's hand up and down or back and forth.
I waved hello.He waved them off the stage.
similar words:
beckon, sign, signal
definition 6: to shape into curves.
I waved my hair.
derivations: waveless (adj.), wavelike (adj.)
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