Meaning of WAVE in English


I. ˈwāv verb

( waved ; wav·ing )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wafian to wave with the hands; akin to Old English wæfan to clothe and perhaps to Old English wefan to weave

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb

1. : to motion with the hands or with something held in them in signal or salute

2. : to float, play, or shake in an air current : move loosely to and fro : flutter

flags waving in the breeze

3. of water : to move in waves : heave

4. : to become moved or brandished to and fro

signs waved in the crowd

5. : to move before the wind with a wavelike motion

field of waving grain

6. : to follow a curving line or take a wavy form : undulate

transitive verb

1. : to swing (something) back and forth or up and down

2. : to impart a curving or undulating shape to

waved her hair


a. : to motion to (someone) to go in an indicated direction or to stop : flag , signal

checked his name and waved him on

waved down a passing car

b. : to gesture with (the hand or an object) in greeting or farewell or in homage

c. : to dismiss or put out of mind : disregard — usually used with aside or off

d. : to convey by waving

waved farewell

4. : brandish , flourish

waved a pistol menacingly

Synonyms: see swing

II. noun

Date: 1526


a. : a moving ridge or swell on the surface of a liquid (as of the sea)

b. : open water


a. : a shape or outline having successive curves

b. : a waviness of the hair

c. : an undulating line or streak or a pattern formed by such lines

3. : something that swells and dies away: as

a. : a surge of sensation or emotion

a wave of anger swept over her

b. : a movement sweeping large numbers in a common direction

wave s of protest

c. : a peak or climax of activity

a wave of buying

4. : a sweep of hand or arm or of some object held in the hand used as a signal or greeting

5. : a rolling or undulatory movement or one of a series of such movements passing along a surface or through the air

6. : a movement like that of an ocean wave: as

a. : a surging movement of a group

a big new wave of women politicians

b. : one of a succession of influxes of people migrating into a region


(1) : a moving group of animals of one kind

(2) : a sudden rapid increase in a population

d. : a line of attacking or advancing troops or airplanes

e. : a display of people in a large crowd (as at a sports event) successively rising, lifting their arms overhead, and quickly sitting so as to form a swell moving through the crowd


a. : a disturbance or variation that transfers energy progressively from point to point in a medium and that may take the form of an elastic deformation or of a variation of pressure, electric or magnetic intensity, electric potential, or temperature

b. : one complete cycle of such a disturbance

8. : a marked change in temperature : a period of hot or cold weather

9. : an undulating or jagged line constituting a graphic representation of an action

• wave·less ˈwāv-ləs adjective

• wave·less·ly adverb

• wave·like -ˌlīk adjective

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.