Meaning of WAVE in English

I. noun


a crime wave (= a sudden increase in crime in an area )

Larger cities have been the worst hit by the crime wave.

a series/spate/wave of attacks (= a number of attacks in a row )

The killing follows a series of brutal attacks on tourists.

a wave of nausea (= a sudden strong feeling of nausea )

A terrible wave of nausea swept over her.

a wave of nostalgia (= a strong feeling of nostalgia )

As I drove into the city I felt a wave of nostalgia sweep over me.

a wave of redundancies (= a sudden increase in the number of redundancies )

The latest wave of redundancies resulted in 4,000 job cuts.

a wave of unrest (= a sudden increase in unrest )

A wave of unrest had resulted in seven deaths.

a wave/burst/surge of enthusiasm (= a sudden feeling of enthusiasm )

The new year began with a fresh wave of enthusiasm.

a wave/flood/surge/rush of emotion (= a sudden very strong emotion )

A great surge of emotion swept through her when she learnt that he was safe.

a wave/influx of immigrants (= a large number of them )

A new wave of immigrants arrived in the 1950s.

a wave/surge of optimism (= a sudden strong feeling of optimism )

The team are riding a wave of optimism after their recent victory.

a wave/surge of panic (= a feeling of panic that you suddenly have )

A sudden wave of panic overcame him.

a wave/surge of pity

The woman looked so dejected that a wave of pity washed over me.

carry/raise/wave etc the banner of sth (= publicly support a particular belief etc )

She’d never felt the need to carry the banner of feminism.

cheery wave

He left them with a cheery wave .

crime wave

More police officers are being brought in to help tackle the current crime wave.

dismissive gesture/wave/shrug etc

Cath spread both hands in a dismissive gesture.

freak wind/wave/storm etc

The men drowned when a freak wave sank their boat.

give a wave/movement/signal

He gave a wave of his hand.

Don’t move until I give the signal.

heat wave

long wave

medium wave

Mexican wave

new wave

a new wave of feminism in the sixties and early seventies

permanent wave

radio wave

sent shock waves through

The child’s murder sent shock waves through the neighborhood.

shock wave

The shock wave from the blast blew out 22 windows in the courthouse.

short wave

sound wave

tidal wave

a tidal wave of crime

wave a magic wand

I wish I could just wave a magic wand and make everything all right.

wave a (magic) wand (= move a wand about to make something magical happen )

I can’t just wave a magic wand and make it all better.

wave of bombings

a terrorist network responsible for a wave of bombings in Paris

wave power (= energy produced by waves in the sea )

Wave power can be used to generate electricity.

wave your arms (= to attract attention )

The man was waving his arms and shouting something.

wave your hand

Marta waved a hand to attract his attention.

wave/raise/show etc the white flag

Despite the loss, the team refuses to wave the white flag and give up on the season.

waving flags

Children waving flags greeted the Russian leader.

wind/wave energy

The windmill uses wind energy to crush grain and pump water.




The colinear case Consider first the case when the approaching waves have colinear polarization.

In the Szekeres class of solutions, the approaching waves have constant aligned polarization.

This time is also affected by their relative polarization and is a minimum when the approaching waves are colinear.

When and, the approaching waves contain an impulsive component.

The approaching waves have a step wavefront if, and the wavefront is continuous if.

It can thus be seen that this transformation with may be used to change the profile of the approaching waves .

Some profiles for approaching waves of this type are illustrated in Figure 10.1.

In terms of colliding plane waves , these solutions all involve approaching waves with initial impulsive components.


But deep down he had the feeling that sooner or later, he would have to face the big wave with her.

Nobody in the Republican presidential field is riding a bigger wave than Pat.

Holding hands with your man in the sea and jumping over the biggest waves you've ever seen?

Now he is looking around for a new challenge, the next big wave .

Most of the rocks and small islands were under water. Big white waves were breaking over them.

Well now, one surely would have thought that for such little things those great big waves might have seemed threatening.

These interfere with each other, cancelling each other out or reinforcing each other to produce bigger waves .

It was almost a shock to realise that there were actually big waves out beyond the flimsy rim of woven basketwork.


The Bell-Szekeres solution Bell and Szekeres have considered a very simple situation involving a collision of two step electromagnetic waves .

They were young children under a sky that was empty of electromagnetic waves .

Radio waves are electromagnetic waves with a very long wavelength, measurable in metres.

X-rays and gamma rays are the shortest electromagnetic waves , with wavelengths less than a 1000 millionths of a centimetre.

Indeed, Maxwell showed that when the fields propagate as electromagnetic waves they actually carry definite amounts of energy with them.

The field equations for colliding electromagnetic waves have already been obtained in Chapter 6.

In the collision of plane electromagnetic waves with non-aligned polarization, it must therefore be concluded that the dynamics remains unaltered.


In the alternative case of thick gravitational waves , they are non-scalar curvature singularities.

It must be concluded that the above solution can not be interpreted in terms of an interaction between plane gravitational waves .

Modern detectors which should be capable of detecting the gravitational waves from a supernova collapse in our Galaxy are described.

It does not therefore describe the collision of genuinely non-aligned gravitational waves .

It thus excludes situations involving impulsive gravitational waves .

During the passage of gravitational waves it is the structure of space-time itself which oscillates.

It is in fact a general feature of colliding electromagnetic plane waves that gravitational waves are always generated by the collision.

A gravitational wave at the natural frequency for longitudinal oscillations of the bar would set it ringing like a tuning fork.


She's sending out great waves of nastiness.

And in this sense, the great capitalist wave seems to have lost little of its power.

Now the water was chest-high - more than that as we struggled round a corner, to meet a great frothing wave .

The increase in efficiency promised by the apostles of reengineering and the apologists for the great merger wave remains invisible.

Suddenly the lack of sleep and tension seemed to be catching up in one great wave of dizziness.

Another great wave strikes us, and the boat rolls over, and tumbles and tosses, I know not how.

It was only when he plunged, wallet-first, into the great post-war building wave that people began to take notice.


Dawn came slowly, uncertainly, with first, the white foam on the huge breaking waves becoming more noticeable.

At least 20 others were run aground, driven into sand bars by huge waves and winds topping 100 miles per hour.

A huge wave swamped the canoes, overturning them and tipping the hunters into the foaming water.

A fierce gale, huge waves , and a drenching rain bear down upon the frail whaling ship with all their might.

At any moment, thought Endill, a huge wave would rise up and carry him away.

I did not see any whales, but I did see huge waves .

As Nell Anderson came to the surface yet another huge wave arrived.

Except for a huge wave of media attention, the Great Solar Storm of April 1997 apparently has failed to make landfall.


The behavior of light or radio waves is similar.

Diffraction occurs with all types of radiation, including radio-waves, light waves and X-rays.

Radio waves , like light waves and sound, are a means of transmitting energy.

They then appear to us as what a classical physicist would call waves , such as waves of light or gravitational waves.

White light consists of light waves of all different wavelengths, or colors.

Because light waves have a high frequency, modulated light can carry signals of wide bandwidth.

The principle of using a Doppler shift to indicate flow velocity can be applied with sound waves instead of light waves.


And make use of long wave .

It is perfectly true that Blake did have a battery-operated radio in his cell which worked on medium and long waves only.

Thus short-wave radiation, which has more energy, is likely to be more dangerous than long wave .

It is on the basis of this that the latest - fifth - long wave is emerging.

As was seen in Chapter 1, the main debate here has revolved around how to explain the long waves .

That is to say, his explanation of long waves lies in technological change which results from the bunching of innovations made by entrepreneurs.

If long waves exist and are caused by the bunching of innovations, how can we explain that bunching?

The core of her body was in a moment melted. Long waves of pure ecstasy washed through and through her.


Yet new waves of allegations continued.

A new wave of pro-independence demonstrations began in earnest in late 1987.

They crossed the former's tight disco-funk arrangements with witty incisive lyrics more usually associated with new wave bands.

A new comedy wave , I suppose, is waiting in the wings.

Instead, González came more and more to personify the new wave of 1980s socialism with the social largely left out.

Read in studio Scientists have developed a new wave machine which could save hundreds of homes threatened by the sea.

Jaguar's new wave of optimism will need to endure.


These records provided a rare opportunity to study the attenuation of strong seismic waves as a means of assessing seismic hazard.

In fact, they are similar to the seismic waves from any other earthquake anywhere in the world.

Also, the short scarps opposite the Caloris impact could be the result of seismic waves acting on such pre-existing faults.

Some studies showed the seismic waves that passed through it speeding up; others showed them slowing down.

The seismic waves from deeper earthquakes lose much of their energy by the time they reach the surface.

These stages are a result of the different batches of seismic waves that such a jolt releases.

This was a rare opportunity to study the attenuation of strong seismic waves and thereby improve seismic hazard assessment.

If the seismic waves miss the plume, their record of it is lost to geophysicists.


The shock waves have been felt as far away as Wall Street.

In general, both shock waves from airbursts and tsunami waves from ocean impacts may present serious hazards to populated areas.

The shock-waves go through the whole; every part is affected.

As this strong shock wave races outward from the impact site, it raises a storm of dust.

The shock-waves from the disaster are still being felt in a whole host of unanswered questions and accusations.

The shock wave was felt even in my plane, several miles away from the harbor.

The grisly double homicide sent shock waves through this south Berkeley neighborhood.

The Bundesbankers felt they were just not responsible for the shock waves their actions sent across the border.


The cavity magnetron was simple, rugged and cheap, and produced short wavelength radio waves - microwaves.

They reported to superiors in Havana through short-wave radios and computers.

X-rays and gamma rays are the shortest electromagnetic waves , with wavelengths less than a 1000 millionths of a centimetre.

They are fast, short waves .

And the key to being small was to use short radio waves .

Broadcasting was on short wave only and at such low power that the reception area was limited, scattered and unpredictable.

It says that, in affected areas, only a minority listens on short wave .

I had a clear voice suitable to the short waves , and I had broadcast a bit when I was at college.


These subjects slept like short sleepers in so far as sleep efficiency was improved, and deep slow wave sleep was maintained at baseline levels.

Those with simple partial seizures may have focal spikes and / or slow waves .

In addition, slow waves consistent with being asleep may occur during lapses in performance.

Almost instantly, Edward began to come, in slow , tearing waves .

When the slow waves occupy 50 percent or more of the record the subject is judged to be in Stage 4 sleep.

Typically, the amplitude of slow waves in deep sleep becomes smaller with ageing.


And setting up the sound waves in the air at the other side.

Perhaps it is an acoustic source of sound waves .

A sound wave has a much greater chance of being scattered and absorbed by such dense vegetation.

At these higher frequencies, radio uses a mixture of vibrating electric and magnetic fields instead of fluctuating sound waves .

The equipment they use to perceive sound waves in the air is, however, quite new.

The sound waves come legato, not staccato.

The free-flowing water across the surface serves to dampen these sound waves and minimize the problem.

In such experiments, the disturbance is usually provided as a sound wave from a nearby loudspeaker.


She is suddenly engulfed by a tidal wave of self-loathing.

Her almost flat nose tended to widen at the nostrils, flaring over a tidal wave of a mouth.

On the other hand, thirteen percent hardly constituted the tidal wave of popular support that de Gaulle was looking for.

Huge tidal waves swamped the town, damaging almost half the buildings.

There is a tidal wave of youth crime, and the Government have not begun to answer it.

She clung to the raft of her identity as the hurricanes and tidal waves lashed her.

Mungo imagined them shattering, burying the floor in a tidal wave of crystal.



As we approached the breaker line, a normal boat would have pitched and tossed awkwardly on the wave crests .

The seawater flowed up through the cracks between the bamboo poles, and the wave crest traveled right over the raft.


Along with other rural areas, the villages have suffered a crime wave recently.

On Wednesday, he said he will help Maskhadov fight a postwar crime wave .

He believes the police are overstretched and moves are urgently needed to tackle Darlington's crime wave .

He was part of a crime wave that shot up a house, robbed some one and then killed some one else.

A supposed crime wave is sweeping the land.

The crime wave that spurred them has been falling steadily in times of greater economic prosperity.

He concludes that changes in genetic factors obviously can not explain the crime wave .

The election-year crime wave is starting in Congress.


The Szekeres solutions are only flat behind the wave front in the special case when.

For by your account they are zigzagging across the wave front .

In plunging breakers the wave front becomes vertical and the crest plunges nearly vertically downwards with far less surge up the beach.

Profiles are shown for the special cases in which or, when the wave front is continuous.

The wave front is smooth if.

These solutions contain a subclass in which the approaching waves have smooth wave fronts and the metric is everywhere at least C 2.


She shivered at the memory of the horrors that had accompanied that awful heat wave .

People were saying that a cold spring meant an early heat wave in summer.

Computers, faxes and photocopiers generate heat waves of their own.

Killer heat waves fell hundreds in Calcutta and Chicago.

I remember we arrived during a heat wave and had to go into this refrigerator where they kept the furs.

Early in August a heat wave hit.

A great heat wave descended; it was a beautiful day, the sun turned red at three.

Ideas flowed out of me like water out of a Brooklyn fire hydrant in the midst of a summer heat wave .


And when they got into difficulties in the rolling ocean waves , the whales came to their rescue.

In one elevator, a small electronic picture keeps an ocean wave on the move.

The average ocean wave is five feet in height.

On some nights, I would pretend the sounds were ocean waves and I was in a mansion on a nameless beach.

Provision for students with special needs can be viewed as analogous to a small ship on the ocean waves .

Have you ever seen an ocean wave pass over a submerged reef?

Officials said there was no immediate threat of tsunami, a seismic ocean wave , which could be catastrophic to the area.


Morphology of individual colonic pressure waves has eluded reliable classification.

We call this the breathing pressure wave .

The reference point for timing of swallows was taken from the onset of this pressure wave .

According to our data, non-deglutitive repetitive simultaneous pressure waves may occur as a normal oesophageal motor pattern.

The amplitude of the pressure waves declined after a latency period of about 2 to 3 minutes.

The frequency of the pressure waves remained unchanged.

As it swims, a fish creates a pressure wave that travels ahead of it.

His last sensation was of pressure waves rippling against his body.


The idea behind radar was to send out radio waves and listen for echoes from enemy craft.

By surrounding the radio with aluminum foil, we neutralize or block the radio waves .

The radio waves may come not only from transmitters but power supplies, motors or other electrical devices.

Radio antennas receive radio waves and change them into electrical signals which are then turned into sound by the speakers.

The field theory progressed even more dramatically when, a few decades later, Hertz produced the radio waves predicted by the programme.

And the key to being small was to use short radio waves .

The behavior of light or radio waves is similar.

A strong magnetic field made the electrons swirl around and so shed energy in the form of radio waves .



It was a special method that allowed fishermen to avoid the jagged rocks that lay beneath the breaking waves .

Unable to break them free, waves thrashed the jagged tubes of aluminium over the foredeck.

The breaking waves were washing clear across the midships space between the cabins.

The noise was like thunder breaking in uninterrupted waves .

Along its jagged shores broke the waves of a worldwide ocean, Panthalassa.

Then breaking waves began to roll him slowly landward and finally spit him on to the beach.


Karlheinz caught the wave , then turned the camera on the group of figures standing by.

Even Newsweek caught that wave several years ago.

I should have caught some more waves so they couldn't underscore me.

Naihe caught a wave into shore and so escaped his assassins.

In the coming decades, Lee hopes to catch that business wave .

For those such as Mike, it was like a surfer trying to catch his wave .

Along the path by the side of the warm regenerative earth she caught sight of blue waves .


She felt a wave of uncertainty and relief.

And for a moment Glover had felt a wave of fear for the boys.

He felt a sudden deep wave of depression, coupled with uncertainty.

I try to feel every wave with my feet.

Finally Fran led the way down the gangplank, feeling waves of tiredness washing over her.

You feel a small wave of fear.

Then she felt a wave of dizziness as he slipped right up inside her.

I said, feeling a slight wave of nausea.


He rode women the way he rode waves .

On weekends, this connoisseur of contemporary language stations himself on the couch, clicker in hand, riding the on-air waves .

Despite this the finale still manages to ride on a wave bigger than any individual personality, bigger than the music itself.

Rex later commented on how smoothly she rode out the waves .

They are always seen together, flying or riding the waves .

At the end of the day, who cares if they're boogie boarding off Newquay or riding big waves in Scarborough?

But they all ride upon guiding waves , which determine their destiny.


She's sending out great waves of nastiness.

The guide was lecturing telepathically, simply standing there, sending out thought waves to the crowd.

The idea behind radar was to send out radio waves and listen for echoes from enemy craft.

The grisly double homicide sent shock waves through this south Berkeley neighborhood.

It closed possessively on the aroused peak, sending delicious waves of pleasure shuddering through her.

The slaying sent waves of fear through the community, especially after three teen-agers were charged in the murder.

Steamers sent waves up the banks and naked brown boys jumped into the wash, shouting and laughing.

It sent shock waves through the education establishment.


be on/riding the crest of a wave

ride a wave

Trevor has been riding the waves for more than half his life.

He rode women the way he rode waves.

I wanted to ride a wave with her.

shock waves


I gave him a friendly wave .

Kelly's hair has a natural wave to it.

Leona dismissed the servants with a wave of the hand.

radio waves

Security chiefs fear a new wave of terrorist bombings.

Ten-foot waves crashed against the shore.

The country has been brought to a standstill by the latest wave of strikes.

The mayor has promised tough action in response to the city's rising crime wave .


As he approached it, the non-existent waves under his feet became clammy and smelt unpleasantly of chemicals.

Economic fluctuations are unpredictable tidal waves.

In addition, slow waves consistent with being asleep may occur during lapses in performance.

Only your four top waves would count.

Soon, the craft was making its way through the darkness over twenty-foot waves and taking on water.

The noise was pitched to a fury he located in the mind, a satisfying wave of rage and pain.

The rapid delivery of the auctioneer is keyed to a wave or nod by those bidding on the animals.

II. verb




People may shout, mouth words, wave their arms about or feel generally inadequate and give up.

He too was waving his arms , then lifting a leg each in turn and shaking his feet at the leaden sky.

We were waving our arms and yelling.

The Doctor was left to wave his arms and shout; he could not be heard above the din.

Then, they screamed, waved their arms and jumped up and down, spewing love for the Cowboys.

Bones stopped at the gate only because Uncle Bean stood in front of it waving his arms .

I stiffen, I wail, I wave my arms , I kick my feet.


The silver banner of the Merkuts waved everywhere.

With banners waving , with steady step, they sweep on like an irresistible wave of fate.

An attractive feature of his branch are the promotional banners waving in the air conditioned breeze.


When he left an hour later, he paused on the steps to wave to the still-waiting crowd .

They were up there sitting on carnations, waving to the crowd .

It was an exultant feeling, climbing on to the rostrum, waving to the crowd and receiving my medal.

It's the window he's stepping through to wave to the crowd .

But whoever it is, waving to the exultant crowds , he will have become a legend.

Earl Spencer loved the carriage ride, waving enthusiastically to the crowds .


Don't wave a finger in front of the screen - use a pencil and be precise.

She waved a finger , dismissing this remark.

Instead he saw a pair of gloves, suspended in water and waving fleshless fingers at him.

He then broke the whole continuity of the conversation by waving his ten fingers ten times in front of her!


Tasks range from flag-waving and fire protection, to working in the circuit car park.

The soldiers were lined up in the square again, flags waved , the band played the welcoming march.

Balloons were released and Czechoslovak flags were waved as passing motorists sounded their horns in noisy support.

A Confederate flag waves in the breeze and a Rottweiler named Cocoa Puff stands guard on the front porch.

A man with a flag waved them down.

They moved by companies past the President, bands playing national aIrs, the drums beating, and the flags waving .


People laughing, people crying, some boarding vessels, others disembarking, and others waving goodbye to their loved ones.

As we left, I turned to wave goodbye to Harada.

She usually waves goodbye to men as casually as she greets them, but this time she is hooked.

He waved a general goodbye , said his thanks, and left.

The whistle would blow and Aunt Dorothy would wave goodbye .

We waved goodbye and started back to Lobethal.

This time, Wilson did not go out in the street to wave goodbye nor did she weep.

An hour later she had ordered a taxi and Paige had waved her goodbye in some bemusement.


Had to wave the gun at her.

The khthons were in control and waved their guns as if they had captured the travellers.

He turned there and waved his gun at us.

Mrs Wright waved her gun at him and Caspar charged past her, picked up the dead magpie and disappeared.

The gang ran through the streets off the Limestone Road waving guns in the air to terrorise residents.

Anya, possibly by waving her gun again, has finally persuaded Riva to change into drier clothes.


No deaths or injuries, but a few hands waving feebly from under the pile of bodies indicated that rescue was required.

Afterward, they held hands and waved at people and pretended not to know the things they knew.

Firing the bolter with one hand he waved the sizzling power sword frantically in front of his face as if fanning wasps away.

It was a dead hand , waving a tiny, posthumous good-bye.


A man struggled towards her, calling her name and waving a piece of paper .

The captain of the research ship was waving a piece of paper at us and then pointing to it.

He had glanced back, to see Ashton standing at the depot gates, waving a piece of paper at him.

After a few minutes she went out and Quigley came in, waving a piece of paper .

You can even wave your order paper in the air.

Quigley waved the paper over my face.


Three men stood in the entrance of the courtyard, waving sticks .

Two shepherds took off after him, waving their sticks .

Toasting their successful ascent to the summit, she lifts her flask in the air, and father waves his walking stick .


Don't wait for life to wave its magic wand and make you joyful.

I ask, if you could wave a magic wand , what would your life look like?

If that is true, he is waving a magic wand with a sledgehammer on the end.

In time, one hopes and trusts that Gilmore will wave his magic wand and refurbish the theater to its former glory.

We wave our own magic wands .

The government has waved the magic wand of legislation over longstanding curriculum problems: overload, differentiation, progression, examination domination.

But London's pattern of hospitals is such a historical muddle that no one can wave a wand and transform everything overnight.

Anyway, I imagined him waving a wand , and the world came into existence.



An assistant began waving his arms and talking to the dealer noisily in his native tongue.

Partway there, I stopped, took off my hat, and began waving it in the air by its ribbons.

A moment later they closed the ambulance door, a siren started up and the traffic warden began waving me on.

People began to clap and wave flags.

She began to wave to a seat, but stopped herself - she realised it must look grimy to them as well.


A witness had seen him in deep water, shouting and waving for help.

Then one of the men shouted something, waving his arms in the general direction of the forest.

You turned, shouted something back and waved your hand.

He stepped out of the shadows, shouted , and waved his arms to attract attention.

They shouted a great deal, and waved their arms.


Then she smiled , waved her hand weakly, and was gone.

After a nearly 30-minute wait, her bus came, and she smiled and waved as it roared away.

When the villagers stared, they smiled and waved as if on a royal tour.

Like some one leaving on a boat or train he smiled and waved .

He smiled tightly and waved a hand at the slowly diminishing figure on the hillside far below.

They had smiled and waved as we passed.


Once, she turned to wave .

As though sensing his glance, she turned around and waved to him.

He turned there and waved his gun at us.

Mike turned around and waved , too, and motioned for me to come out.

He turned and waved to his fellows then gestured towards the hill.

Mrs Cohen shuffles away, then turns and waves at me encouragingly.

Once across, they turned and waved , then were soon out of sight beyond the belvedere.

As we left, I turned to wave goodbye to Harada.


be on/riding the crest of a wave

shock waves


"Get out of here!" he shouted, waving his gun.

Her parents stood in the doorway and waved goodbye.

Nelson was waving from the upstairs window.

She continued to wave as the car drove out of sight.

The customs officer at the border waved us through.

The emperor waved to the crowd from the palace balcony.

The flag waved proudly in the breeze.

Who's that waving at you?

Yolanda waved for us to come over.


A Confederate flag waves in the breeze and a Rottweiler named Cocoa Puff stands guard on the front porch.

Nanny held Artemis aside and told her to wave , which she did.

She waved to the young man and called out something which he could not catch.

The guard at the desk waves us through.

The Patrician waved a hand again.

We turned one last time to wave to Mr Bunea and Maria.

When he waved down a taxi, he saw that her hand ferreted in her bag.

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