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cold wave

noun
1.
Meteorology. a rapid and considerable drop in temperature, usually affecting a large area.
2.
a permanent wave in the hair set by special chemical solutions without the aid of any heating device.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
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British Dictionary definitions for cold-wave

cold wave

noun
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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