|1.||to move or cause to move freely to and fro: the banner waved in the wind|
|2.||(intr) to move the hand to and fro as a greeting|
|3.||to signal or signify by or as if by waving something|
|4.||(tr) to direct to move by or as if by waving something: he waved me on|
|5.||to form or be formed into curves, undulations, etc|
|6.||(tr) to give a wavy or watered appearance to (silk, etc)|
|7.||(tr) to set waves in (the hair)|
|8.||one of a sequence of ridges or undulations that moves across the surface of a body of a liquid, esp the sea: created by the wind or a moving object and gravity|
|9.||any undulation on or at the edge of a surface reminiscent of such a wave: a wave across the field of corn|
|10.||the waves the sea|
|11.||anything that suggests the movement of a wave, as by a sudden rise: a crime wave|
|12.||a widespread movement that advances in a body: a wave of settlers swept into the country|
|13.||the act or an instance of waving|
|14.||physics antinode longitudinal wave node standing wave See also transverse wave an oscillation propagated through a medium or space such that energy is periodically interchanged between two kinds of disturbance. For example, an oscillating electric field generates a magnetic oscillation and vice versa, hence an electromagnetic wave is produced. Similarly a wave on a liquid comprises vertical and horizontal displacements|
|15.||physics a graphical representation of a wave obtained by plotting the magnitude of the disturbance against time at a particular point in the medium or space; waveform|
|16.||a prolonged spell of some weather condition: a heat wave|
|17.||an undulating curve or series of curves or loose curls in the hair|
|18.||an undulating pattern or finish on a fabric|
|19.||short for wave moth|
|20.||make waves to cause trouble; disturb the status quo|
|21.||slang (US) ride the wave to enjoy a period of success and good fortune|
|[Old English wafian (vb); related to Old High German weban to |
A disturbance traveling through a medium by which energy is transferred from one particle of the medium to another without causing any permanent displacement of the medium itself.
A graphic representation of the variation of such a disturbance with time.
A single cycle that is representative of such a disturbance.
wave [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (wāv) Pronunciation Key |
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A disturbance, oscillation, or vibration, either of a medium and moving through that medium (such as water and sound waves), or of some quantity with different values at different points in space, moving through space (such as electromagnetic waves or a quantum mechanical wave described by the wave function). See also longitudinal wave, transverse wave, wave function. See Note at refraction.
In physics, any regularly recurring event, such as surf coming in toward a beach, that can be thought of as a disturbance moving through a medium. Waves are characterized by wavelength, frequency, and the speed at which they move. Waves are found in many forms.
Note: The motion of a wave and the motion of the medium on which the wave moves are not the same: ocean waves, for example, move toward the beach, but the water itself merely moves up and down. Sound waves are spread by alternating compression and expansion of air.
see make waves.