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cold wave

noun

  1. Meteorology. a rapid and considerable drop in temperature, usually affecting a large area.
  2. a permanent wave in the hair set by special chemical solutions without the aid of any heating device.


cold wave

noun

  1. meteorol a sudden spell of low temperatures over a wide area, often following the passage of a cold front
  2. hairdressing a permanent wave made by chemical agents applied at normal temperatures


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Word History and Origins

Origin of cold wave1

First recorded in 1875–80
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Example Sentences

The recent cold wave and storm in Texas have placed considerable focus on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, the nonprofit corporation that manages the flow of electricity to more than 26 million Texans.

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Record cold wave in much of the nation added misery to commercial airline travel.

As the boat sped back toward the lights of Manhattan, a large cold wave washed over the side and soaked us all.

The very cold wave passed, leaving the sentence: better dream of being plain friends.

A cold wave swept down my spine, and a sort of emptiness came to the pit of my stomach.

All fears of a thaw on the heels of this unprecedented cold wave were put to flight next morning.

The minimum temperature had fallen to −21.8, as though a cold wave were passing over the country.

A severe cold wave still further and seriously handicapped the harvest gathering of the colonists.

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