- a body of water.
- the sea.
verb (used without object), waved, wav·ing.
verb (used with object), waved, wav·ing.
Origin of wave
Synonyms for wave
Origin of Wave
Related Words for waverush, stream, swell, upsurge, rash, surge, tide, flood, outbreak, sign, crest, influx, movement, fly, flap, twirl, swing, wield, brandish, twist
Examples from the Web for wave
Contemporary Examples of wave
Thus it attracted a wave of cowboy operators to fly passengers and cargo between cities.Who Will Get AsiaAir 8501’s Black Boxes?
December 30, 2014
We prefer to wave away the warning signs; like The Interview, Mulholland Drive was comfortably downplayed as over-the-top satire.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack
December 19, 2014
What are your feelings about the wave of support that always immediately presents itself from the other side?The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting
Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard
December 10, 2014
Initially, I thought, “OK, they have to throw in a wave… that looks gratuitous.”Neil deGrasse Tyson Breaks Down ‘Interstellar’: Black Holes, Time Dilations, and Massive Waves
November 11, 2014
When de Merode heard the sound of an approaching car he emerged from hiding and tried to wave it down.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo
November 6, 2014
Historical Examples of wave
He lifted Dennet on his shoulder, and bade her wave her parchment.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Her pity for Priscilla went through and through her in wave after wave.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Her heart ascended on a wave of thanks to the giver of song.Weighed and Wanting
"That's all right, my boy," cried Yates loftily, with a wave of his hand.In the Midst of Alarms
The wave of humanity that swept down the steps carried Mike in its front wash.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Word Origin for wave
"move back and forth," Old English wafian "to wave with the hands" (related to wæfre "wavering, restless"), from Proto-Germanic *wab- (cf. Old Norse vafra "to hover about," Middle High German waben "to wave, undulate"), possibly from PIE root *webh- "to move to and fro; to weave" (see weave (v.)). Meaning "to make a sign by a wave of the hand" is from 1510s. Related: Waved; waving.
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.
"moving billow of water," 1520s, from wave (v.), replacing Middle English waw, which is from Old English wagian "to move to and fro" (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German wag, Old Frisian weg, Old Norse vagr "water in motion, wave, billow," Gothic wegs "tempest;" see wag (v.)). The usual Old English word for "moving billow of water" was yð.
The "hand motion" meaning is recorded from 1680s; meaning "undulating line" is recorded from 1660s. Of people in masses, first recorded 1852; in physics, from 1832. Sense in heat wave is from 1843. The crowd stunt in stadiums is attested under this name from 1984, the thing itself said to have been done first Oct. 15, 1981, at the Yankees-A's AL championship series game in the Oakland Coliseum; soon picked up and popularized at University of Washington. To make waves "cause trouble" is attested from 1962.
see make waves.