noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
Origin of Waves
- 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 wavesrush, stream, swell, upsurge, rash, surge, tide, flood, outbreak, sign, crest, influx, movement, fly, flap, twirl, swing, wield, brandish, twist
Examples from the Web for waves
Contemporary Examples of waves
Piketty only waves his hands around the all-important question of whether economic inequality undermines democracy.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
As Democrats mutter privately that their Senate majority is sinking beneath the waves, their leadership has sent out an SOS.The Only Way for Democrats to Win
October 24, 2014
The seas are calm, no waves violently knocking the hull, as they inevitably will during long stretches of the race.Inside Sailing’s Biggest Race
October 11, 2014
The heat creates mirages with waves that ripple through the air.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Late in the afternoon of April 26, 1937 waves of bombers obliterated the ancient capital of Basque Spain, Guernica.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive
August 3, 2014
Historical Examples of waves
But soon the tide returns, and once more I hear the roistering of the waves.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
The waves are whirling their boat past the rocks into the shallows.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
The waves plashed on the shore and told stories to the pebbles and the sands.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
One by one, each uttering the name of her beloved, leaped into the waves.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
I watch them accumulating just as I watch the waves of the sea.My Double Life
n acronym for (in the US)
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.