cold wave

Meteorology. a rapid and considerable drop in temperature, usually affecting a large area.
a permanent wave in the hair set by special chemical solutions without the aid of any heating device.

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cold wave
1.  meteorol a sudden spell of low temperatures over a wide area, often following the passage of a cold front
2.  hairdressing a permanent wave made by chemical agents applied at normal temperatures

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Similarly, the few cold wave warnings issued included in their scope in each instance relatively small areas.
Cold wave order received and given usual distribution.
No well marked cold wave occurred dur- ing the month, and temperatures were generally moderate throughout the country.
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