wave1 W2S3 [weıv] n
3¦(people and things)¦
4¦(light and sound)¦
8 make waves
9 new wave
11 the waves
1.) ¦(SEA)¦
a line of raised water that moves across the surface of the sea
Dee watched the waves breaking on the shore.
a ship riding the ocean waves
A powerful tidal wave (=very large wave) struck Jamaica, killing 2000.
the white crests of the waves
2.) ¦(INCREASE)¦ [C usually singular]
a sudden increase in a particular type of behaviour, activity, or feeling
a wave of anger/sympathy/relief etc
There was a wave of public sympathy for her when she died.
a wave of terror/fear/panic
A wave of panic spread through the crowd.
a wave of nausea/dizziness/tiredness
A wave of nausea swept over me.
a wave of violence/attacks/bombings
the recent wave of terrorist bombings
the latest crime wave to hit New York
a sudden increase in the number of people or things arriving at the same time
wave of
a new wave of immigrants
They faced wave after wave of fresh troops.
the form in which some types of energy such as light and sound travel
sound/light/radio wave
5.) ¦(SIGNAL)¦ [C usually singular]
a movement in which you raise your arm and move your hand from side to side
He dismissed her with a wave of the hand .
a feeling or activity that happens again and again in a series
The pain swept over him in waves .
Wave after wave of aircraft passed overhead.
7.) ¦(HAIR)¦ [C usually plural]
a loose curl in your hair
8.) make waves informal
to cause problems, especially when you should not
With so many jobs already cut, he didn't want to make waves.
9.) new wave
a new style of music, art, film etc that is very different and unusual
new wave music
new wave of
the new wave of Black feminist theorists
10.) [C usually singular] AmE
an occasion when many people who are watching an event stand up, move their arms up and down, and sit down again one after another in a continuous movement that looks like a wave moving on the sea
British Equivalent: Mexican wave
11.) the waves
literary the sea
wave 2
wave2 W3S3 v
4 wave something goodbye/wave goodbye to something
5 wave a magic wand
Phrasal verbs
 wave something<=>aside
 wave somebody/something<=>down
 wave somebody<=>off
[: Old English; Origin: wafian 'to wave with the hands']
1.) ¦(HAND)¦ [I and T]
to raise your arm and move your hand from side to side in order to make someone notice you
wave to/at
She turned to wave to the approaching soldiers.
Enid waved at us and we waved back.
wave (sb) goodbye
(=say goodbye to someone by waving to them)
The nurses came out to wave Grandad goodbye.
2.) ¦(MOVE)¦ [I and T]
if you wave something, or if it waves, it moves from side to side
The starter waved a green flag to indicate that the race would begin.
a tree waving in the breeze
He waved a hand in the air to attract her attention.
wave sth under/at etc sb/sth
Trudie waved a $50 bill under his nose.
wave sth around/about
The stranger spoke rapidly, waving his arms around.
3.) ¦(SIGNAL)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to show someone which way to go by waving your hand in that direction
wave sb through/on/away etc
The border guards waved us through.
Peter waved them back to their seats.
4.) wave sth goodbye/wave goodbye to sth informal
to be forced to accept that something you want will not happen
If you're not careful, you can wave goodbye to any pay rise this year.
5.) wave a magic wand
to make a bad situation better, even though this is impossible
I can't wave a magic wand and change what happened.
6.) ¦(HAIR)¦ [I and T]
if hair waves, or if it is waved, it forms loose curls
wave aside [wave sth<=>aside] phr v
to ignore someone's opinion or ideas because you do not think they are important
He waved her protests aside.
wave down [wave sb/sth<=>down] phr v
to signal to the driver of a car to stop by waving at them
People in passing cars tried waving him down.
wave off [wave sb<=>off] phr v
to wave goodbye to someone as they leave
Are you coming to the station to wave me off?

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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