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Definition of Wave


  1. Something resembling or likened to a water wave, as in rising unusually high, in being of unusual extent, or in progressive motion; a swelling or excitement, as of feeling or energy; a tide; flood; period of intensity, usual activity, or the like; as, a wave of enthusiasm.
  2. See Waive.
  3. To play loosely; to move like a wave, one way and the other; to float; to flutter; to undulate.
  4. To be moved to and fro as a signal.
  5. To fluctuate; to waver; to be in an unsettled state; to vacillate.
  6. To move one way and the other; to brandish.
  7. To raise into inequalities of surface; to give an undulating form a surface to.
  8. To move like a wave, or by floating; to waft.
  9. To call attention to, or give a direction or command to, by a waving motion, as of the hand; to signify by waving; to beckon; to signal; to indicate.
  10. An advancing ridge or swell on the surface of a liquid, as of the sea, resulting from the oscillatory motion of the particles composing it when disturbed by any force their position of rest; an undulation.
  11. A vibration propagated from particle to particle through a body or elastic medium, as in the transmission of sound; an assemblage of vibrating molecules in all phases of a vibration, with no phase repeated; a wave of vibration; an undulation. See Undulation.
  12. Water; a body of water.
  13. Unevenness; inequality of surface.
  14. A waving or undulating motion; a signal made with the hand, a flag, etc.
  15. The undulating line or streak of luster on cloth watered, or calendered, or on damask steel.
  16. Fig.: A swelling or excitement of thought, feeling, or energy; a tide; as, waves of enthusiasm.
  17. Woe.

Wave Quotations

A British porch is a musty, forbidding non-room in which to fling a sodden umbrella or a muddy pair of boots; a guard against the elements and strangers. By contrast the good ol' American front porch seems to stand for positivity and openness; a platform from which to welcome or wave farewell; a place where things of significance could happen.
Dan Stevens

The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.
Vladimir Nabokov

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
Henry David Thoreau

You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.
Alan Watts

The great myth is the manager as orchestra conductor. It's this idea of standing on a pedestal and you wave your baton and accounting comes in, and you wave it somewhere else and marketing chimes in with accounting, and they all sound very glorious. But management is more like orchestra conducting during rehearsals, when everything is going wrong.
Henry Mintzberg
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Wave Translations

wave in Afrikaans is swaai
wave in Dutch is gebaren, wuiven, zwaaien
wave in Finnish is heiluttaa, laine
wave in French is brandir, vague, onde, flottge
wave in German is Welle, wehen, Woge, flattern, Welle
wave in Italian is flutto, sventolare, soffiare, svolazzare, onda
wave in Latin is undo, crispo, fluctus
wave in Portuguese is onda
wave in Spanish is ablandir, aletear, ola
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