wave

[[t]we͟ɪv[/t]]
♦♦
waves, waving, waved
1) VERB If you wave or wave your hand, you move your hand from side to side in the air, usually in order to say hello or goodbye to someone.

[V to/at n] Jessica caught sight of Lois and waved to her...

[V to/at n] He waved at the waiter, who rushed to the table...

He grinned, waved, and said, `Hi!'...

[V n] Elaine turned and waved her hand lazily and left. [Also V n prep]

N-COUNT: usu with supp
Wave is also a noun.

Steve stopped him with a wave of the hand... Paddy spotted Mary Ann and gave her a cheery wave.

2) VERB If you wave someone away or wave them on, you make a movement with your hand to indicate that they should move in a particular direction.

[V n adv/prep] Leshka waved him away with a show of irritation...

[V n adv/prep] He waited for a policeman to stop the traffic and wave the people on...

[V n adv/prep] He waved the servants out of the tent.

3) VERB If you wave something, you hold it up and move it rapidly from side to side.

[V n] Hospital staff were outside to welcome him, waving flags and applauding...

[V n adv/prep] She was apt to raise her voice and wave her hands about.

Derived words:
-waving COMB in ADJ

Hundreds of banner-waving demonstrators took to the streets.

...a flag-waving crowd.

-waving COMB in N-UNCOUNT

There will be marching bands and plenty of flag-waving.

4) VERB If something waves, it moves gently from side to side or up and down.

...grass and flowers waving in the wind.

Syn:
5) N-COUNT A wave is a raised mass of water on the surface of water, especially the sea, which is caused by the wind or by tides making the surface of the water rise and fall.

...the sound of the waves breaking on the shore.

6) N-COUNT If someone's hair has waves, it curves slightly instead of being straight.
7) N-COUNT: with supp A wave is a sudden increase in heat or energy that spreads out from an earthquake or explosion.

The shock waves of the earthquake were felt in Teheran...

The blast wave crushed the breath from Neil, but he survived.

8) N-COUNT: usu pl, oft supp N Waves are the form in which things such as sound, light, and radio signals travel.

Regular repeating actions such as sound waves, light waves, or radio waves have a certain frequency, or number of waves per second.

9) N-COUNT: usu N of n If you refer to a wave of a particular feeling, you mean that it increases quickly and becomes very intense, and then often decreases again.

She felt a wave of panic, but forced herself to leave the room calmly...

A wave of sympathy for her swept Ireland...

The loneliness and grief comes in waves.

Syn:
10) N-COUNT: usu N of n A wave is a sudden increase in a particular activity or type of behaviour, especially an undesirable or unpleasant one.

...the current wave of violence.

...an even newer crime wave.

...the shortages of bread, meat and gasoline that have hit Moscow in waves over the summer.

11) N-COUNT: usu sing, oft N of n A wave is a sudden increase in the number of people moving somewhere.

A wave of immigrants is washing over Western Europe.

12) N-COUNT If a crowd of people do the wave, each person in the crowd stands up and puts their arms in the air after the person to one side of them, then sits down again, creating a continuous wave-like motion through the crowd. [AM]
(in BRIT, use Mexican wave)
13) See also , medium wave, , new wave, , tidal wave
Phrasal Verbs:

English dictionary. 2008.

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