Webster 1913 Edition
Sir H. Wotton.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To play loosely; to move like a wave, one way and the other; to float; to flutter; to undulate.
His purple robes
wavedcareless to the winds.
Where the flags of three nations has successively
To be moved to and fro as a signal.
To fluctuate; to waver; to be in an unsettled state; to vacillate.
wavedindifferently ’twixt doing them neither good nor harm.
To move one way and the other; to brandish.“[Aeneas] waved his fatal sword.”
To raise into inequalities of surface; to give an undulating form a surface to.
Horns whelked and
wavedlike the enridged sea.
To move like a wave, or by floating; to waft.
Sir T. Browne.
To call attention to, or give a direction or command to, by a waving motion, as of the hand; to signify by waving; to beckon; to signal; to indicate.
Look, with what courteous action
wavesyou to a more removed ground.
She spoke, and bowing
An advancing ridge or swell on the surface of a liquid, as of the sea, resulting from the oscillatory motion of the particles composing it when disturbed by any force their position of rest; an undulation.
wavebehind impels the
A vibration propagated from particle to particle through a body or elastic medium, as in the transmission of sound; an assemblage of vibrating molecules in all phases of a vibration, with no phase repeated; a wave of vibration; an undulation. See
Water; a body of water.
[Poetic]“Deep drank Lord Marmion of the wave.”
Sir W. Scott.
Build a ship to save thee from the flood,
I 'll furnish thee with fresh
I 'll furnish thee with fresh
wave, bread, and wine.
Unevenness; inequality of surface.
Sir I. Newton.
A waving or undulating motion; a signal made with the hand, a flag, etc.
The undulating line or streak of luster on cloth watered, or calendered, or on damask steel.
the surface of initial displacement of the particles in a medium, as a wave of vibration advances.–
the space, reckoned in the direction of propagation, occupied by a complete wave or undulation, as of light, sound, etc.; the distance from a point or phase in a wave to the nearest point at which the same phase occurs.–
a line of a vessel's hull, shaped in accordance with the wave-line system.–
a system or theory of designing the lines of a vessel, which takes into consideration the length and shape of a wave which travels at a certain speed.–
a loaf for a wave offering.
Lev. viii. 27.–
any one of numerous species of small geometrid moths belonging to–
Acidaliaand allied genera; – so called from the wavelike color markings on the wings.
an offering made in the Jewish services by waving the object, as a loaf of bread, toward the four cardinal points.
Num. xviii. 11.–
Wave of vibration
a wave which consists in, or is occasioned by, the production and transmission of a vibratory state from particle to particle through a body.–
A surface of simultaneous and equal displacement of the particles composing a wave of vibration.
A mathematical surface of the fourth order which, upon certain hypotheses, is the locus of a wave surface of light in the interior of crystals. It is used in explaining the phenomena of double refraction. See under–
Undulatory theory, under
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A moving swell or volume of water; usually, a swell raised and driven by wind. A pebble thrown into still water produces waves, which form concentric circles, receding from the point where the pebble fell. But waves are generally raised and driven by wind, and the word comprehends any moving swell on the surface of water, from the smallest ripple to the billows of a tempest.
The wave behind impels the wave before.
2.Unevenness; inequality of surface.
3.The line or streak of luster on cloth watered and calendered.
1.To play loosely; to move like a wave, one way and the other; to float; to undulate.
His purple robes wavd careless to the wind.
2.To be moved, as a signal.
3.To fluctuate; to waver; to be in an unsettled state.
1.To raise into inequalities of surface.
2.To move one way and the other; to brandish; as, to wave the hand; to wave a sword.
3.To waft; to remove any thing floating.
4.To beckon; to direct by a waft or waving motion.
1.To put off; to cast off; to cast away; to reject; as, to wave good stolen; usually written waive.
2.To quit; to depart from.
He resolved not to wave his way.
3.To put off; to put aside for the present, or to omit to pursue; as, to wave a motion. He offered to wave the subject. [This is the usual sense.]