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Wave appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Pull up, Eva! We're here! Wave! Pull up!
  • "Ev, awl adits aid nine posts!" I dash to boss, "so both sadists open India’s tidal wave."
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun wave:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb wave:


The word wave is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun wave

What does wave mean as a name of something?

Wave is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural:

  • wave: waves
  • Wave: Waves

  1. one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of wave: moving ridge
    • more generic words: motion / movement = a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
    • more specific terms:
      • breakers / breaker / surf = waves breaking on the shore
      • backwash / wake = the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward
      • swash = the movement or sound of water
      • rippling / wavelet / riffle / ripple = a small wave on the surface of a liquid
      • crestless wave / swell = the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea
      • lift / rise = a wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground
      • billow / surge = a large sea wave
      • tidal wave = a wave resulting from the periodic flow of the tides that is caused by the gravitational attraction of the moon and sun
      • tidal wave = an unusual (and often destructive) rise of water along the seashore caused by a storm or a combination of wind and high tide
      • tsunami = a cataclysm resulting from a destructive sea wave caused by an earthquake or volcanic eruption
      • rolling wave / roller / roll = a long heavy sea wave as it advances towards the shore
      • comber = a long curling sea wave
      • white horse / whitecap = a wave that is blown by the wind so its crest is broken and appears white
  2. a movement like that of a sudden occurrence or increase in a specified phenomenon
    • examples: a wave of settlers | troops advancing in waves
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: motility / motion / move / movement = a change of position that does not entail a change of location
  3. (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth
  4. something that rises rapidly
    • examples: a wave of emotion swept over him | there was a sudden wave of buying before the market closed | a wave of conservatism in the country led by the hard right
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic word: rise = a growth in strength or number or importance
  5. the act of signaling by a movement of the hand
  6. a hairdo that creates undulations in the hair
  7. an undulating curve
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonym of wave: undulation
    • more generic terms: curve / curved shape = the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
    • more specific terms: sine curve / sinusoid = the curve of y=sin x
  8. a persistent and widespread unusual weather condition (especially of unusual temperatures)
  9. a member of the women's reserve of the United States Navy; originally organized during World War II but now no longer a separate branch

Alternative definition of the noun wave


  1. A moving disturbance in the level of a body of water; undulation.
  2. [physics] A moving disturbance in the energy level of a field.
  3. A shape which alternatingly curves in opposite directions.
  4. [figuratively] A sudden unusually large amount of something that is temporarily experienced.
  5. A sideway movement of the hand(s).
  6. A motion of a crowd caused by its members' successively putting their arms in the air, so that those in one part of the crowd do so immediately after their immediate neighbors on one side, and the crowd looks as though a disturbance is going through it.

Specialised definition of the noun wave

Glossary of sports

change of the water surface which is periodic in regard to time and space and must be taken into consideration in water sports (e.g. sailing, water-skiing); in surfing and waveriding on a sailboard waves (windsurfing) are the essential prerequisite and medium for practicing the sport. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / air sports / gliding

the flying in upwinds and downwinds (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / cycling

swerving from side to side to prevent the opponent from passing (this is penalized with a disqualification). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / gymnastics

swing at the high bar while seated or hanging on one's knees (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Definition of the verb wave

What does wave mean as a doing word?

Wave is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: waved | waving | waves

  1. signal with the hands or nod
    • examples: She waved to her friends | He waved his hand hospitably
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Linda winked
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Linda winked her eye
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] at [Cause]Linda winked her eye at his behavior
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] in [Theme]Linda winked her eye in agreement
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Linda winked her agreement
      [Agent - being] [Verb] at [Cause]Linda winked at his behavior
      [Agent - being] [Verb] in [Theme]Linda winked in agreement
      [Agent - being] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient]Linda winked at the audience

      Verbs Involving the Body (with the same syntax): beckon, blink, clap, gesture, nod, point, shrug, squint, wink.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of wave: beckon
    • more generic words: gesticulate / gesture / motion = show, express or direct through movement
  2. move or swing back and forth
  3. move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion
    • example: the waves rolled towards the beach
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of wave: flap / roll / undulate
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
    • more specific word: luff = flap when the wind is blowing equally on both sides
  4. twist or roll into coils or ringlets
  5. set waves in
    • examples: she asked the hairdresser to wave her hair | They wave their hair
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 4
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic words: arrange / coif / coiffe / coiffure / do / dress / set = arrange attractively
    • more specific words:
      • marcel = make a marcel in a woman's hair
      • gauffer / goffer = make wavy with a heated goffering iron
      • perm = give a permanent wave to

Alternative definition of the verb wave


  1. [intransitive] To move back and forth repeatedly.
  2. [intransitive] To wave one’s hand in greeting or departure.
  3. [intransitive] To have an undulating or wavy form.
  4. [transitive] To produce waves to the hair.
  5. [intransitive, baseball] To swing and miss at a pitch.
  6. [transitive] To cause to move back and forth repeatedly.
  7. [transitive] To signal (someone or something) with a waving movement.
  8. [intransitive] To try, in public, to attract people into a business establishment.


  1. Wave was a Canadian pop rock duo, formed in 1999 in Niagara Falls.
    • members:
    • genres: Pop rock, Pop music, Rhythm and blues
    • albums: "State of Mind", "The Style", "Nothing As It Seems", "California"
    • nomination:
      • nominated to Juno Award for Single of the Year - "California"
      • nominated to Juno Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year
  2. WAVE is a musical group.
    • members:
    • albums: "AIR arranged sound album: ARIA", "ARCHIV-EAST", "Symphonic Caprice "Evening Primrose" -奇想交響詩 月見草-", "Symphonic Fantasia "Cherry Blossom" -幻想交響詩 彼岸桜-", "Voyager ~ 東方仙戯曲", "ENTERPRISE", "Est", "Symphonic Requiem “Purple Heart” -幻葬鎮魂歌 紫御殿-", "Symphonic Poem “Enterprise Adonis” -夢幻交響詩 福寿草-", "Symphonic Rhapsody “Peony” -交響狂詩篇 冬牡丹-", "Symphonic Tarantella "Lily" -幻想円舞曲 夏水仙-", "ひぐらしのなく頃に イメージサウンドアルバム 「もうなかないで」"
    • official website:
  3. Wave is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like X-wave, On Wave, 8th Wave, Big Wave, Bow wave, Make Wave, Tree Wave, Blast wave, Ghost Wave, Rogue wave, Short Wave, Sixth Wave, Third Wave, Tidal Wave, Wave World, Xfect Wave, Eighth wave, Wave Slaves, 50 Foot Wave.


Wave is a record label.


  1. Wave is a fictional character from the 2012 horror film Dark Flight.
  2. Wave is a fictional character from the 2010 film Step Up 3D.

There are other characters with in their name, like Air Wave, New Wave, New-Wave, Mind Wave and Brain Wave.


  1. "Wave" is a bossa nova song written by Antonio Carlos Jobim. Recorded as an instrumental on Jobim's 1967 album of the same name, English lyrics were composed by Jobim in 1967 and used for a November 11, 1969 recording by Frank Sinatra, released on his 1970 album Sinatra & Company. On this recording, Sinatra sang his lowest note, a low E♭.
  2. "Wave" is an album by the Patti Smith Group, released May 17, 1979 on Arista Records. This album was less commercially successful than its predecessor, Easter, although it continued the band's move towards more radio-friendly mainstream pop music.
    • genre: Rock music
    • released on (35 years ago)
  3. "Wave" is a musical album of CNBLUE.
    • released on
  4. "Wave" is the third album by Antonio Carlos Jobim, released in 1967 on A&M Records. It is known as Jobim's most successful album to date, and it was listed by Rolling Stone Brazil as one of the 100 best Brazilian albums in history.
  5. "Wave" is the fourteenth studio album by Japanese Jazz fusion band T-Square. It was released on March 21, 1989. It was the first studio album by the band to released under the name T-Square, whereas the previous albums released from 1978 to 1988 were under the name of "The Square".
    • genre: Jazz fusion
    • released on (25 years ago)
  6. "Wave" is a composition.
  7. "Wave" is a studio album by Murray Head. It was released in 1992.


"Wave" is a book written by Sonali Deraniyagala.

  • language: English Language
  • genre: Memoir
  • released on
  • award: - National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir/Autobiography nomination for Sonali Deraniyagala


  1. "Wave": Alai is a 2003 Tamil romantic comedy film directed by Vikram Kumar. The film stars Silambarasan and Trisha Krishnan in the lead role, while Raghuvaran, Nizhalgal Ravi and Vivek played supporting roles. The score and soundtrack were composed by Vidyasagar and the film released in September 2003 and was declared a flop.
  2. "Wave" is a film.
    • country: Japan
    • language: Japanese Language
    • genre: Japanese Movies
  3. "Wave" is a short film.


  1. Wave: In physics, a wave is disturbance or oscillation, that travels through matter or space, accompanied by a transfer of energy. Wave motion transfers energy from one point to another, often with no permanent displacement of the particles of the medium—that is, with little or no associated mass transport. They consist, instead, of oscillations or vibrations around almost fixed locations. Waves are described by a wave equation which sets out how the disturbance proceeds over time. The mathematical form of this equation varies depending on the type of wave.
    • also known as Talas
  2. WAVE, virtual channel 3, is an NBC-affiliated television station located in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. The station is owned by Raycom Media. WAVE maintains studio facilities located on South Floyd Street in downtown Louisville, and its transmitter in New Albany, Indiana. Syndicated programs broadcast by WAVE include The Queen Latifah Show, The Dr. Oz Show, America Now, Extra, Glee and Right This Minute. On cable, WAVE is available on Time Warner Cable channel 6 and in high definition on digital channel 906.
    • also known as WAVE3
    • award: - Peabody Award - "Whose Child is This?"
    • official website:
  3. The wave is an example of metachronal rhythm achieved in a packed stadium when successive groups of spectators briefly stand, yell, and raise their arms. Immediately upon stretching to full height, the spectator returns to the usual seated position.
    • also known as Audience wave
  4. WAVE a.k.a. Waveform Audio File Format is a Microsoft and IBM audio file format standard for storing an audio bitstream on PCs. It is an application of the Resource Interchange File Format bitstream format method for storing data in "chunks", and thus is also close to the 8SVX and the AIFF format used on Amiga and Macintosh computers, respectively. It is the main format used on Windows systems for raw and typically uncompressed audio. The usual bitstream encoding is the linear pulse-code modulation format.
  5. Wave: A wave is a movement of the hand that people use to greet each other, say goodbye or merely acknowledge another's presence. People wave by raising their hand and moving it from side to side. Another common wave is to raise one's hand and repeatedly move the fingers downward toward the palm. The gesture can be used to attract attention at a distance. Most commonly, though, the gesture means quite simply "hello" or "goodbye".
  6. Wave is an English-language, monthly magazine published by Annapurna Media. Each month, Wave publishes articles addressing the youth and their varied interests. Apart from touching on the lighter fun side, it also addresses more "serious" aspects - but from a youthful perspective. The magazine has a large impact on the urban Nepali youth.
  7. Wave a.k.a. The Wave 96.4 FM: 96.4 The Wave is a British independent local radio station serving the Swansea, Llanelli, Neath and Port Talbot areas of South Wales. The station is owned by UTV Radio and mainly broadcasts chart and contemporary music, alongside news and local information, for an audience of under 40s.
  8. WAVE a.k.a. Scar1 is a protein.

Phrases with Wave

Phrases starting with the word Wave:

  1. wave off
  2. Wave Ski
  3. wave-off

Phrases ending with the word Wave:

  1. P-Wave
  2. Q-Wave
  3. S Wave
  4. S-Wave
  5. T-Wave
  6. No wave
  7. air wave
  8. Hot Wave
  9. new wave
  10. New-Wave
  11. sky wave
  12. beta wave
  13. Body Wave
  14. cold wave
  15. heat wave
  16. long wave
  17. Love Wave

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Wave

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Google previewPhlebotomy Technician Specialist (2011)

by Kathryn Kalanick

The Q wave is the first downward deflection, representing the electrical impulse traveling through the interventricular...

The R wave is an upward deflection and is the largest portion of the complex.

some patients FIGURE 14-7 ECG configuration and waves, P wave is a positive wave representing atrial depolarization; PR ...

Google previewMayo Clinic Cardiology Concise Textbook and Mayo Clinic Cardiology Board Review Questions & Answers (2007)

(TEXT AND Q&A SET) by Joseph G. Murphy, Margaret A. Lloyd

The A wave is the first upward deflection on the hemodynamic ...

Google previewPhysical Chemistry: Quanta, Matter, and Change (2014)

by Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula, Ron Friedman

A wave is a disturbance that propagates through space with a displacement that can be expressed as a harmonic function. ➤ What do you...

Google previewPhysical Chemistry, Volume 1 (2016)

Thermodynamics and Kinetics by Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula

A wave is a disturbance that propagates through space with a displacement that can be expressed as a harmonic function.

A wave is an oscillatory disturbance that travels through space.

Google previewThe Eternal Equinox (2008)

by Jared Ledgard

A pressure wave is a uniform, spherical pattern of super heated particles composed of gas and solid. The difference between the “matrix”, and the “ pressure wave” is that the matrix is a zone of high energy that only occupies an area just ...

Google previewSonography Principles and Instruments - E-Book (2014)

by Frederick W. Kremkau

A wave is a traveling variation in one or more quantities, such as pressure. For example, a water wave is a traveling variation in water surface height. Dropping a pebble into a pond disturbs the surface of the water, causing it to move up and ...

Google previewTopics in Modal Analysis II, Volume 8 (2014)

Proceedings of the 32nd IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2014 by Randall Allemang

Its corresponding time wave is the half part of correlating function with positive time delay. In classic modal analysis, the frequency response function (FRF) is needed. Its corresponding time wave is the unit impulse response function (UIRF) .

Google previewKaplan SAT Subject Test Physics 2015-2016 (2015)

by Kaplan Test Prep

The term standing wave is an oxymoronĉ since waves must move and never actually stand stillć But waves can...

Google previewCommunications Technology (2006)

by John Hilvert, Linda Bruce

A radio wave is a form of electrical energy that travels through space. Radio receivers detect radio waves, and change...

A radio wave is an electromagnetic wave which is sent out by an antenna. Radio receiver By tuning a radio receiver to a ...

Google previewModern Plasma Physics: Volume 1, Physical Kinetics of Turbulent Plasmas (2010)

by Patrick H. Diamond, Sanae-I. Itoh, Kimitaka Itoh

The electron plasma wave is the best venue to understand microscopic excitations by particle discreteness and particle resonance with collective motions. The ion sound wave is the other fundamental electrostatic mode, and is the simplest ...

Google previewCoherent and Collective Interactions of Particles and Radiation Beams (1996)

by Società italiana di fisica

A standing wave is an interesting environment for several reasons. The first is that...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Geomorphology (2013)

by Andrew Goudie

who defined and mapped swell and storm wave environments, coasts subject to trade winds, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Recorded Sound (2004)

by Frank Hoffmann

Likethe pubrockand punk movements, the new wave represented a conscious reaction against the American rock industry innovations ofthe late 1960s, including(1) Woodstockstyled rockfestsand stadiumvenues;(2) a dependenceon ...

Google previewAmerican Immigration: An Encyclopedia of Political, Social, and Cultural Change (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Political, Social, and Cultural Change by James Ciment, John Radzilowski

Wave. (1800-1880s). Early. Nineteenth-Century. Immigration. Compared to the great waves of Irish and German immigration in the mid-nineteenth century and the flood of Eastern and Southern European immigrants at the turn of the twentieth ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 6: Ethnicity by Celeste Ray

The third wave of Guatemalan Maya consists predominantly of young Mayan males, including teenagers, and a few families. Some third-wave immigrants live in enclave communities at the outskirts of golf course and resort communities ( like ...

Google previewThe Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia (2000)

by Charles Taylor

Wave motion A wave motion is a regularly repeating back-and-forth or side-to- side displacement. It describes how a form of energy moves through space. Time Float r V-> w 5 S** △ As sea waves travel past the porthole of a ship, the water ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Medica (1902)

by Chalmers Watson

Then with the commencement of the down-stroke a fall in blood pressure is indicated, and a rounded or pointed wave (a, b, c) is formed. This portion of the tracing is called the percussion wave by some, and includes the so-called percussion ...

Google previewComprehensive Dictionary of Electrical Engineering (1999)

by Phillip A. Laplante

Also known as TM wave and E-modes. sistance, used as high power, high efficiency RF power sources. trapezoidal pattern a signal produced on an oscilloscope by applying an amplitude modulated signal to the horizontal input and the ...

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Quotes about Wave

The wave, over the wave, a weird thing I saw,
through-wrought, and wonderfully ornate:
a wonder on the wave --- water become bone. (Anonymous Olde English)
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Scrabble value of W4A1V4E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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