Synonyms of 'wave'
to move (one's hand) to and fro as a greetingHe waved to us from across the street.
to direct (someone) to move in a particular direction by wavingThe police officer waved to us to go on.
to hold (something) up and move it from side to side in order to attract attentionThe protesters were waving banners and shouting.
He appeared in the lounge brandishing a knife.
She was swinging a bottle by its neck.
He flourished his glass to make the point.
She appeared at the door, wielding a new walking stick.
He wagged a disapproving finger at me.
move something to and fro,
They shook clenched fists.
to move freely to and froFlags were waving gently in the breeze.
a butterfly fluttering its wings
The bird flapped its wings furiously.
The long white curtains stirred in the breeze.
The shadows of the dancers wavered on the wall.
The plane shook frighteningly as it hit the high, drenching waves.
The sail of the little boat swung from one side to the other.
The people swayed back and forth with arms linked.
The dog was barking and wagging its tail wildly.
the waves undulating like oceanic dunes
The needle indicating volume was oscillating wildly.
move to and fro
the act or an instance of wavingPaddy spotted Mary Anne and gave her a cheery wave.
one of a sequence of ridges or undulations that moves across the surface of the sea or a lakethe sound of waves breaking on the shore
a curve in the hairHis fingers touched the thick waves of her hair.
an energy-carrying disturbance travelling through a medium or space by a series of vibrations without any overall movement of matterThe blast wave crushed his breath.
a sudden rise in the frequency or intensity of somethingShe felt a wave of grief flood over her.
a sudden rise in the frequency or intensity of somethingthe current wave of violence in schools
an outbreak of violence involving hundreds of youths
This outbreak of flu is no worse than normal.
a trend towards part-time employment
rash, , , ,
a rash of internet-related companies
the government's tendency towards secrecy in recent years
a widespread movement that advances in a bodyA new wave of settlers arrived in the region.
a continuous stream of lava
Each year brings a flood of new university graduates.
The bridge was destroyed in a tidal surge during a storm.
an incomprehensible spate of words
The swimmers were swept away by the strong current.
the movement towards democracy
watching the quiet flow of the olive-green water
They used to sail with the tide.
A torrent of water rushed into the reservoir.
a deluge of criticism
See make waves
See wave something or someone aside or away
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in the sense of beckon
to summon with a gestureHe beckoned to the waiter.
in the sense of billow
a large sea wavea wild sea, with immense billows breaking upon our ship
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