- 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
Examples from the Web for waving
Contemporary Examples of waving
Waving a silk cloth, he declared, “Gentlemen, I will have this land just as surely as I now have this handkerchief.”Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism
October 31, 2014
“Check the dining hall,” a young woman exclaimed, waving to her left, and a dozen persons surged in that direction.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
The mother keeps gesturing at them, waving her hands in the air.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
From a balcony on one side, a few people looked down on us as we entered, waving hello.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple
August 21, 2014
Some militias passed by waving guns in the air, and at that moment I realized something bad was about to happen.My Non-First World Problems: Letters from Iraq
August 10, 2014
Historical Examples of waving
He added, with waving of his antennae eyebrows: "It was Helen's first opera."The Bacillus of Beauty
"It is all there in there," waving her hand towards the hut.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
Now—there stood the wall, there stood the ash-trees and their tops were waving to and fro.What Sami Sings with the Birds
The waving Step, is when the Foot, in moving, turns both inwards and outwards.
The Change of Positions is made two ways, either by springing, or waving.
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.