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cold wave

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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.
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Origin of cold wave

First recorded in 1875–80
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Related Words for cold wave

snap

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Historical Examples of cold wave

  • Cold-wave warnings are heeded by many persons besides those who are directly interested in fruits and farm products.

    Practical Exercises in Elementary Meteorology

    Robert DeCourcy Ward


British Dictionary definitions for cold wave

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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