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(verb) 
Definition
to move (one's hand) to and fro as a greeting
He waved to us from across the street.
Synonyms
signal
She signalled a passing taxi.
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sign
She signed to me to go out.
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gesture
I gestured towards the boathouse and he looked inside.
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gesticulate
The man was gesticulating wildly.
(verb) 
Definition
to direct (someone) to move in a particular direction by waving
The police officer waved to us to go on.
Synonyms
, ,
direct
She will direct day-to-day operations.
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motion
She motioned for the doors to be opened.
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nod
He lifted his end of the canoe, nodding to me to take up mine.
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beckon
He beckoned to the waiter.
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point in the direction
(verb) 
Definition
to hold (something) up and move it from side to side in order to attract attention
The protesters were waving banners and shouting.
Synonyms
brandish
He appeared in the lounge brandishing a knife.
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swing
She was swinging a bottle by its neck.
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flourish
He flourished his glass to make the point.
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wield
She appeared at the door, wielding a new walking stick.
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wag
He wagged a disapproving finger at me.
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move something to and fro
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shake
They shook clenched fists.
(verb) 
Definition
to move freely to and fro
Flags were waving gently in the breeze.
Synonyms
flutter
a butterfly fluttering its wings
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flap
The bird flapped its wings furiously.
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stir
The long white curtains stirred in the breeze.
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waver
The shadows of the dancers wavered on the wall.
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shake
The plane shook frighteningly as it hit the high, drenching waves.
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swing
The sail of the little boat swung from one side to the other.
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sway
The people swayed back and forth with arms linked.
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wag
The dog was barking and wagging its tail wildly.
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undulate
the waves undulating like oceanic dunes
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oscillate
The needle indicating volume was oscillating wildly.
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move to and fro
(noun) 
Definition
the act or an instance of waving
Paddy spotted Mary Anne and gave her a cheery wave.
Synonyms
gesture
She made a menacing gesture with her fist.
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sign
They gave him the thumbs-up sign.
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signal
The event was seen as a signal of support.
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indication
He gave no indication that he was ready to compromise.
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(noun) 
Definition
one of a sequence of ridges or undulations that moves across the surface of the sea or a lake
the sound of waves breaking on the shore
Synonyms
,
breaker
breakers on the sea wall
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sea surf
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swell
the swell of the incoming tide
, ,
roller
,
comber
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billow
a wild sea, with immense billows breaking upon our ship
(noun) 
Definition
a curve in the hair
His fingers touched the thick waves of her hair.
Synonyms
curl
A thick curl of smoke rose from the rusty stove.
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coil
Tess slung the coil of rope over her shoulder.
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kink
a tiny black kitten with tufted ears and a kink in her tail
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undulation
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loop
She reached for a loop of garden hose.
(noun) 
Definition
an energy-carrying disturbance travelling through a medium or space by a series of vibrations without any overall movement of matter
The blast wave crushed his breath.
Synonyms
vibration
They heard a distant low vibration in the distance.
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ripple
The news sent a ripple of excitement through the Security Council.
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resonance
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tremor
He felt a tremor in his arm.
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reverberation
He heard the reverberation of the slammed door.
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judder
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pulsation
(noun) 
Definition
a sudden rise in the frequency or intensity of something
She felt a wave of grief flood over her.
Synonyms
surge
a new surge of interest in Dylan's work
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welling up
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rush
A rush of affection swept over him.
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shiver
Alice gave a shiver of delight.
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tingle
a sudden tingle of excitement
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frisson
(noun) 
Definition
a sudden rise in the frequency or intensity of something
the current wave of violence in schools
Synonyms
outbreak
an outbreak of violence involving hundreds of youths
This outbreak of flu is no worse than normal.
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trend
a trend towards part-time employment
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rash
a rash of internet-related companies
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tendency
the government's tendency towards secrecy in recent years
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groundswell
(noun) 
Definition
a widespread movement that advances in a body
A new wave of settlers arrived in the region.
Synonyms
stream
a continuous stream of lava
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flood
Each year brings a flood of new university graduates.
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surge
The bridge was destroyed in a tidal surge during a storm.
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spate
an incomprehensible spate of words
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current
The swimmers were swept away by the strong current.
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movement
the movement towards democracy
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flow
watching the quiet flow of the olive-green water
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tide
They used to sail with the tide.
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torrent
A torrent of water rushed into the reservoir.
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deluge
a deluge of criticism
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idiom

See make waves

Additional synonyms

in the sense of beckon
Definition
to summon with a gesture
He beckoned to the waiter.
in the sense of billow
Definition
a large sea wave
a wild sea, with immense billows breaking upon our ship
Synonyms
in the sense of breaker
Definition
a large sea wave with a white crest or one that breaks into foam on the shore
breakers on the sea wall
Synonyms
roller,
comber,
white horse,
whitecap

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