cold wave


noun

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

Origin of cold wave

First recorded in 1875–80
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cold wave


noun

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