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  • To move freely back and forth or up and down in the air, as branches in the wind.
  • To make a signal with an up-and-down or back-and-forth movement of the hand or an object held in the hand: waved as she drove by.
  • To have an undulating or wavy form; curve or curl: Her hair waves naturally.
  • To cause to move back and forth or up and down, either once or repeatedly: She waved a fan before her face.
  • To move or swing as in giving a signal: He waved his hand. See Synonyms at flourish.
  • To signal or express by waving the hand or an object held in the hand: We waved goodbye.
  • To signal (a person) to move in a specified direction: The police officer waved the motorist into the right lane.
  • To arrange into curves, curls, or undulations: wave one's hair.
  • A ridge or swell moving through or along the surface of a large body of water.
  • A small ridge or swell moving across the interface of two fluids and dependent on surface tension.
  • The sea. Often used in the plural: vanished beneath the waves.
  • Something that suggests the form and motion of a wave in the sea, especially:
  • A moving curve or succession of curves in or on a surface; an undulation: waves of wheat in the wind.
  • A curve or succession of curves, as in the hair.
  • A curved shape, outline, or pattern.
  • A movement up and down or back and forth: a wave of the hand.
  • A surge or rush, as of sensation: a wave of nausea; a wave of indignation.
  • A sudden great rise, as in activity or intensity: a wave of panic selling on the stock market.
  • A rising trend that involves large numbers of individuals: a wave of conservatism.
  • One of a succession of mass movements: the first wave of settlers.
  • A maneuver in which fans at a sports event simulate an ocean wave by rising quickly in sequence with arms upraised and then quickly sitting down again in a continuous rolling motion.
  • A widespread, persistent meteorological condition, especially of temperature: a heat wave.
  • Physics A disturbance traveling through a medium by which energy is transferred from one particle of the medium to another without causing any permanent displacement of the medium itself.
  • Physics A graphic representation of the variation of such a disturbance with time.
  • Physics A single cycle of such a disturbance.