- (on an aircraft carrier) the last-minute signaling to an aircraft making its final landing approach that it is not to land on that particular pass but is to go around and come in again.
- the postponement of a scheduled landing, as of a space shuttle, due to bad weather anticipated at the landing site.
Origin of wave-off
noun use of verb phrase wave off
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