noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
- wave band,
- wave cyclone,
- wave down,
- wave election,
- wave energy
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
Origin of Wave
Examples from the Web for waves
Piketty only waves his hands around the all-important question of whether economic inequality undermines democracy.
As Democrats mutter privately that their Senate majority is sinking beneath the waves, their leadership has sent out an SOS.
The seas are calm, no waves violently knocking the hull, as they inevitably will during long stretches of the race.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Clive Irving|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Here, on a narrow strip of sand, he undressed and leaped into the waves.Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines|R.M. Ballantyne
Paul was awoke after some time by the roaring sound of the waves dashing against the shore.Paul Gerrard|W.H.G. Kingston
The race ends when the flag returns to the leader, who waves the same above his head, indicating the close of the race.School, Church, and Home Games|George O. Draper
The sea was dotted with men battling for life amidst the waves.The Childrens' Story of the War, Volume 3 (of 10)|James Edward Parrott
In sudden climax the motion of the waves fills all the brass in triumphant paean, in the gleam of high noon.Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies|Philip H. Goepp
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.
In physics, any regularly recurring event, such as surf coming in toward a beach, that can be thought of as a disturbance moving through a medium. Waves are characterized by wavelength, frequency, and the speed at which they move. Waves are found in many forms.
see make waves.