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wave (wâv) verb
waved, waving, waves verb, intransitive
1.To move freely back and forth or up and down in the air, as branches in the wind.
2.To make a signal with an up-and-down or back-and-forth movement of the hand or an object held in the hand: waved as she drove by.
3.To have an undulating or wavy form; curve or curl: Her hair waves naturally.
1.To cause to move back and forth or up and down, either once or repeatedly: She waved a fan before her face.
2.a. To move or swing as in giving a signal: He waved his hand. synonyms at flourish. b. To signal or express by waving the hand or an object held in the hand: We waved good-bye. c. To signal (a person) to move in a specified direction: The police officer waved the motorist into the right lane.
3.To arrange into curves, curls, or undulations: wave one's hair.
|dolphins surfing waves|
1.a. A ridge or swell moving through or along the surface of a large body of water. b. A small ridge or swell moving across the interface of two fluids and dependent on surface tension.
2.Often waves . The sea: vanished beneath the waves.
3.Something that suggests the form and motion of a wave in the sea, especially:. a. A moving curve or succession of curves in or on a surface; an undulation: waves of wheat in the wind. b. A curve or succession of curves, as in the hair. c. A curved shape, outline, or pattern.
4.A movement up and down or back and forth: a wave of the hand.
5.a. A surge or rush, as of sensation: a wave of nausea; a wave of indignation. b. A sudden great rise, as in activity or intensity: a wave of panic selling on the stock market. c. A rising trend that involves large numbers of individuals: a wave of conservatism. d. One of a succession of mass movements: the first wave of settlers. e. A maneuver in which fans at a sports event simulate an ocean wave by rising quickly in sequence with arms upraised and then quickly sitting down again in a continuous rolling motion.
6.A widespread, persistent meteorological condition, especially of temperature: a heat wave.
7.Physics. a. 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. b. A graphic representation of the variation of such a disturbance with time. c. A single cycle of such a disturbance.
[Middle English waven, from
Old English wafian.]
- wav´er noun
wave (wâv) noun
1. Any disturbance or change that has an oscillatory, periodic nature, for example, a light or sound wave.
2. In electronics, the time-amplitude profile of an electrical signal.
Wave Motion, in physics, mechanism by which energy is moved from one place to another in mechanically generated waves. At any point along the path of the wave, a repeated displacement, or oscillation, occurs. The matter being displaced will be air molecules when sound travels through the air; water molecules in waves on the ocean; or parts of a rope. In each case the particles of matter oscillate around a neutral position, and only the energy moves continuously in one direction.
Types of Waves
Waves are classified according to the direction of the particle displacements in relation to the direction that the wave itself moves. If the displacement and the wave move in the same direction, the wave is longitudinal, resulting from repeated compressions (coming together) and rarefactions (moving apart) of the material that carries the wave. Sound waves are longitudinal. If the displacement and the wave move at right angles to each other, the wave is transverse. Ocean waves are transverse.
The wavelength of transverse waves is the distance between two crests or troughs. The wavelength of longitudinal waves is the distance from compression to compression or from rarefaction to rarefaction. Thefrequency is the number of displacements per second, and the velocity of the wave, the speed at which it advances, is equal to the wavelength times the frequency. The maximum displacement is the amplitude of the wave.
The velocity of a mechanical wave depends on the elasticity and density of the material in which it moves. When two waves meet, the resulting displacement will be the sum of the displacements produced by the individual waves. If the displacements are in the same direction, the waves reinforce each other; and if the displacements are in the opposite direction, the waves counteract each other. This is known as interference.
Matter: Inorganic matter:
Stream: water in motion
wash, swash, backwash
ripple, cat's-paw, furrow
swell, ground swell
billow, roller, comber, beachcomber
breaker, surf, spume, white horses, whitecap
tidal wave, tsunami, rogue wave
broken water, choppiness, roughness
sea, choppy sea, heavy sea, angry s
increase: uprush, upsurge, flood, tide, rising tide, swell, surge, wave
periodicity: tide, wave
outbreak: flood, tidal wave, wave
high water: billow, tidal wave, white horses, wave
shallowness: ripple, cat's-paw, wave
convolution: ripple, wave
swelling: billow, swell, wave
roughness: rough water, choppiness, wave
furrow: ripple, wave
oscillation: tidal wave, wave
commotion: ground swell, heavy sea, wave
water: high water, high tide, spring tide, neap tide, low tide, low water, wave
ocean: waters, billows, waves, tide, wave
gesture: pointing, signal, waving, wave, hand signal, wave of the hand
pitfall: tidal wave, flash flood, wave
hairdressing: wave, blow wave, marcel wave, cold wave
vary: wave, wave in the wind,
flutter, flap, hang
hang: hang in the wind, stream, wave, float, ripple, flap
make curved: loop, curl, kink, wave, perm, crinkle
crinkle: wave, undulate, ripple, popple
be in motion: stir in the wind, flutter, wave, flap, flap in the breeze, hang
elevate: raise aloft, hold aloft, hold up, wave
oscillate: wave, undulate
brandish: brandish, wave, wag, waggle, shake, flourish
agitate: wag, waggle, wave, flourish, brandish
blow: stream in the air, wave, flap, shake, flutter, flourish, agitate
show: wave, flourish, brandish
gesticulate: wave, wag, waggle, agitate
primp: curl, wave, perm
be ostentatious: wave, flourish, brandish
boast: flourish, wave, brandish
greet: nod, wave, smile, kiss one's fingers, blow a kiss
threaten: shake, wave, flaunt, brandish
Off on your way, hit
the open road,
There is magic at your fingers
For the Spirit ever lingers,
Undemanding contact in your happy solitude.
All this machinery
making modern music
Can still be open-hearted.
Not so coldly charted, it's really just a question
Of your honesty, yeah, your honesty.
One likes to believe
in the freedom of music,
But glittering prizes and endless compromises
Shatter the illusion of integrity.
For the words of the
profits were written on the studio wall,
And echoes with the sounds of salesmen.
A surfer once sued another surfer for "stealing his wave." The case was thrown out because the court was unable to put a price on "pain and suffering" endured by the surfer watching someone else ride "his" wave.
"My wireless transmitter does
not use Hertzian waves, which are a grievous myth, but sound waves in
the aether..." -- Nikola Tesla
In quantum physics the wave function (denoted by the 23rd Greek symbol psi) is sometimes referred to as mathematical fiction. When Schrodinger developed his famous wave equation, it was a puzzle as to what psi really represented. It was concluded that the wave function depicted probabilities--and not energy.