The wave after a ferry (1)



  • To move back and forth repeatedly and somewhat loosely.
  • To move one’s hand back and forth (generally above the shoulders) in greeting or departure.
  • 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.
  • To have an undulating or wavy form.
  • To raise into inequalities of surface; to give an undulating form or surface to.
  • To produce waves to the hair.
  • To swing and miss at a pitch.
  • To cause to move back and forth repeatedly.
  • To signal (someone or something) with a waving movement.
  • To fluctuate; to waver; to be in an unsettled state.
  • To move like a wave, or by floating; to waft.


  • A moving disturbance in the level of a body of liquid; an undulation.
  • The ocean.
  • A moving disturbance in the energy level of a field.
  • A shape that alternatingly curves in opposite directions.
  • Any of a number of species of moths in the geometrid subfamily Sterrhinae (subfamily), which have wavy markings on the wings.
  • A loose back-and-forth movement, as of the hands.
  • A sudden, but temporary, uptick in something.
  • One of the successive swarms of enemies sent to attack the player in certain games.
  • A group activity in a crowd imitating a wave going through water, where people in successive parts of the crowd stand and stretch upward, then sit.


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  • From Middle English waven, from Old English wafian ("to wave, fluctuate, waver in mind, wonder"), from Proto-Germanic *wabōną, *wabjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *webʰ- ("to move to and from, wander"). Cognate with Middle High German waben ("to wave"), German wabern ("to waft"), Icelandic váfa ("to fluctuate, waver, doubt"). See also waver.
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  • From Middle English *wave, partially from waven (see above) and partially from Middle English wawe, waghe, from Old English wǣg ("a wave, billow, motion, water, flood, sea"), from Proto-Germanic *wēgaz ("motion, storm, wave"), from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ- ("to drag, carry"). Cognate with North Frisian weage ("wave, flood, sea"), German Woge ("wave"), French vague ("wave") (from Germanic), Gothic 𐍅𐌴𐌲𐍃 ("a wave"). See also waw.
  • See waive.

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