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new wave

noun
1.
a movement, trend, or vogue, as in art, literature, or politics, that breaks with traditional concepts, values, techniques, or the like.
2.
(often initial capital letters) a group of leaders or representatives of such a movement, especially of French film directors of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Compare nouvelle vague.
3.
(often initial capital letters) a largely minimalist but emotionally intense style of rock music, being an outgrowth of punk rock in the late 1970s, typified by spare or repetitive arrangements, and emphasizing energetic, unpolished performance.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60
Related forms
new-wave, adjective
newwaver, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for newwave

new wave

noun
1.
a movement in art, film-making, politics, etc, that consciously breaks with traditional ideas

New Wave1

noun
1.
the New Wave, a movement in the French cinema of the 1960s, led by such directors as Godard, Truffaut, and Resnais, characterized by a fluid use of the camera and an abandonment of traditional editing techniques Also known as La Nouvelle Vague

New Wave2

noun
1.
rock music of the late 1970s, related to punk but more complex: sometimes used to include punk
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Word Origin and History for newwave

New Wave

1960, of cinema (from French Nouvelle Vague, late 1950s); 1976 as a name for the more restrained and melodic alternative to punk rock.

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newwave in Technology


A graphical user interface and object-oriented environment from Hewlett-Packard, based on Windows and available on Unix workstations.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Encyclopedia Article for newwave

new wave

category of popular music spanning the late 1970s and the early 1980s. Taking its name from the French New Wave cinema of the late 1950s, this catchall classification was defined in opposition to punk (which was generally more raw, rough edged, and political) and to mainstream "corporate" rock (which many new wave upstarts considered complacent and creatively stagnant). The basic principle behind new wave was the same as that of punk-anyone can start a band-but new wave artists, influenced by the lighter side of 1960s pop music and 1950s fashion, were more commercially viable than their abrasive counterparts.

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