n. A manufacturers' name for a defect in articles of glass, consisting in a slightly protuberant ridge on the surface due to the glass having cooled irregularly and too much before blowing.To move up and down or to and fro; undulate; fluctuate; bend or sway back and forth; flutter.To have an undulating form or direction; curve alternately in opposite directions.To give a signal by a gesture of movement up and down or to and fro.To waver in mind; vacillate.To move to and fro; cause to shake, rock, or sway; brandish.Specifically To offer as a wave-offering. See wave-offering.To shape or dispose in undulations; cause to wind in and out, as a line in curves, or a surface in ridges and furrows.To decorate with a waving or winding pattern.To signal by a wave of the hand, or of a flag, a handkerchief, or the like; direct by a waving gesture or other movement, as in beckoning.To express, as a command, direction, farewell, etc., by a waving movement or gesture.To water, as silk. See water, v. t., 3.n. A disturbance of the surface of a body in the form of a ridge and trough, propagated by forces tending to restore the surface to its figure of equilibrium, the particles not advancing with the wave.n. Water; a stream; the sea.n. A form assumed by parts of a body which are out of equilibrium, such that as fast as the particles return they are replaced by others moving into neighboring positions of stress, so that the whole disturbance is continually propagated into new parts of the body while preserving more or less perfectly the same shape and other characters.n. One of a series of curves in a waving line, or of ridges in a furrowed surface; an undulation; a swell.n. Figuratively, a flood, influx, or rush of anything, marked by unusual volume, extent, uprising. etc., and thus contrasted with preceding and following periods of the opposite character; something that swells like a sea-wave at recurring intervals; often, a period of intensity, activity, or important results: as, a wave of religious enthusiasm; waves of prosperity.n. Specifically In meteorology, a progressive oscillation of atmospheric pressure or temperature, or an advancing movement of large extent in which these are considerably above or below the normal: as, an air-wave, barometric wave, cold wave, warm wave, etc.n. A waved or wavy line of color or texture; an undulation; specifically, the undulating line or streak of luster on cloth watered and calendered.n. A waving; a gesture, or a signal given by waving.n. A book-name of certain geometrid moths.n. In general, on sea-coasts, the increased wave-motion accompanying storms.n. =Syn 1. Wave., Billow, Surge, Breaker, Surf, Swell, Ripple. Wave is the general word. A billow is a great round and rolling wave. Surge is only a somewhat stronger word for billow. A breaker is a wave breaking or about to break upon the shore or upon rocks. Surf is the collective name for breakers: as, to bathe in the surf; it is sometimes popularly used for the foam at the edge or crest of the breaker. Swell is the name for the fact of the rising (and falling) of water, especially after the wind has subsided, or for the water that so rises (and falls), or for any particular and occasional disturbance of water by such rising (and falling): as, the boat was swamped by the swell from the steamer. Ripple is the name for the smallest kind of wave.A former spelling of waive.An obsolete preterit of weave.