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A sudden occurrence of or increase in a phenomenon, feeling, or emotion
“The upward tendency in arms exports has generated a new wave of company mergers, especially in the aerospace industry.”
A gesture or signal made by moving one's hand to and fro
“He gave me a small wave and walked back to his beat up little station wagon.”
A long body of water curling into an arched form and breaking on the shore
“As he posed for photographs near the shore a huge wave knocked him from his perch and almost carried him out to sea.”
A slightly curling lock of hair
“If you wish to have a slight wave to the hair instead of lots of volume, use a curling iron or Velcro rollers to achieve a delicate wave.”
A periodic disturbance of the particles of a substance which may be propagated without net movement of the particles, such as in the passage of undulating motion, heat, or sound
“Sound is a wave of compression and rarefaction in air.”
A sudden rise in the frequency or intensity of something
“Lee felt a wave of self-pity.”
To direct or notify by a movement or gesture
“This is undoubtedly a good thing, as it allows him to wave his arms about and shout with little danger of catching innocent bystanders on the chin.”
Move to and fro with a swaying motion while remaining fixed to one point
“A few flags waved from their poles, sporting the Institution's signature colors - maroon and white.”
Move one's hand to and fro in greeting or as a signal
“He didn't come out, he didn't wave or slide the window open to yell for me.”
“His light brown hair waved back almost to his shoulders while still puffing outward slightly.”
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