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wave British & World English

Move one’s hand to and fro in greeting or as a signal

body wave British & World English

A soft, light permanent wave designed to give the hair fullness

bow wave British & World English

A wave or system of waves set up at the bows of a moving ship

cold wave British & World English

A spell of cold weather over a wide area

sky wave British & World English

A radio wave reflected from the ionosphere

wave farm British & World English

An area of the sea where machinery is installed to harness the energy produced by waves in order to generate electricity

lee wave British & World English

A standing wave generated on the sheltered side of a mountain by an air current passing over or around it, and often made visible by the formation of clouds

long wave British & World English

A radio wave of a wavelength above one kilometre (and a frequency below 300 kHz)

new wave British & World English

A group of people or artistic works introducing new styles or ideas, in particular

Alfvén wave British & World English

A transverse magnetohydrodynamic wave travelling in the direction of the magnetic field in a magnetized plasma. The velocity of such waves (the Alfvén velocity or speed) is characteristic for a plasma of given properties

radio wave British & World English

An electromagnetic wave of a frequency between about 104 and 1011 or 1012 Hz, as used for long-distance communication

shock wave British & World English

A sharp change of pressure in a narrow region travelling through a medium, especially air, caused by explosion or by a body moving faster than sound

short wave British & World English

A radio wave of a wavelength between about 10 and 100 m (and a frequency of about 3 to 30 MHz)

crime wave British & World English

A sudden increase in the number of crimes committed in a country or area

finger wave British & World English

A wave set in wet hair using the fingers

tidal wave British & World English

An exceptionally large ocean wave, especially one caused by an underwater earthquake or volcanic eruption

sound wave British & World English

A wave of compression and rarefaction, by which sound is propagated in an elastic medium such as air

square wave British & World English

A periodic wave that varies abruptly in amplitude between two fixed values, spending equal times at each

wave number British & World English

The number of waves in a unit distance

wave packet British & World English

A group of superposed waves which together form a travelling localized disturbance, especially one described by Schrödinger’s equation and regarded as representing a particle

wave power British & World English

Power obtained by harnessing the energy produced by waves at sea

wave theory British & World English

The theory that light is propagated through the ether by a wave motion imparted to the ether by the molecular vibrations of the radiant body

wave train British & World English

A group of waves of equal or similar wavelengths travelling in the same direction

ground wave British & World English

A radio wave which reaches a receiver from a transmitter directly, without reflection from the ionosphere

medium wave British & World English

A radio wave of a frequency between 300 kHz and 3 MHz

carrier wave British & World English

A high-frequency electromagnetic wave modulated in amplitude or frequency to convey a signal

Rayleigh wave British & World English

An undulating wave that travels over the surface of a solid, especially of the ground in an earthquake, with a speed independent of wavelength, the motion of the particles being in ellipses

seismic wave British & World English

An elastic wave in the earth produced by an earthquake or other means

standing wave British & World English

A vibration of a system in which some particular points remain fixed while others between them vibrate with the maximum amplitude

solitary wave British & World English

Another term for soliton.

sneaker wave British & World English

An unanticipated coastal wave that is much greater in force and height than the waves preceding it

thought wave British & World English

A supposed pattern of energy by which it is claimed that thoughts are transferred from one person to another

wave equation British & World English

A differential equation expressing the properties of motion in waves

wave function British & World English

A function that satisfies a wave equation and describes the properties of a wave

wave machine British & World English

A machine that creates waves in the water in a swimming pool

gravity wave British & World English

A hypothetical wave carrying gravitational energy, postulated by Einstein to be emitted when a massive body is accelerated

Hertzian wave British & World English

Former term for radio wave.

Mexican wave British & World English

An effect resembling a moving wave produced by successive sections of the crowd in a stadium standing up, raising their arms, lowering them, and sitting down again

continuous wave British & World English

An electromagnetic wave, especially a radio wave, having a constant amplitude

stationary wave British & World English

Another term for standing wave.

transverse wave British & World English

A wave in which the medium vibrates at right angles to the direction of its propagation

travelling wave British & World English

A wave in which the positions of maximum and minimum amplitude travel through the medium

wave mechanics British & World English

A method of analysis of the behaviour of atomic phenomena with particles represented by wave equations

longitudinal wave British & World English

A wave vibrating in the direction of propagation

wave something aside British & World English

Dismiss something as unnecessary or irrelevant

wave someone/thing down British & World English

Use one’s hand to give a signal to stop to a driver or vehicle

wave the flag in flag1 British & World English

Represent or demonstrate support for one’s country, political party, or organization, especially when one is abroad

wave something aside in wave British & World English

Dismiss something as unnecessary or irrelevant

wave someone/thing down in wave British & World English

Use one’s hand to give a signal to stop to a driver or vehicle

on the crest of a wave British & World English

At a very successful point


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