wave1 S3 W2
a line of raised water that moves across the surface of the sea:
Dee watched the waves breaking on the shore.
a ship riding the ocean waves
A powerful tidal wave (=very large wave) struck Jamaica, killing 2000.
the white crests of the waves
a sudden increase in a particular type of behaviour, activity, or feeling
increase[countable usually singular]
a wave of anger/sympathy/relief etc
There was a wave of public sympathy for her when she died.
a wave of violence/attacks/bombings
the recent wave of terrorist bombings
the latest crime wave to hit New York
a sudden increase in the number of people or things arriving at the same time
people and things[countable]
the form in which some types of energy such as light and sound travel ➔ long wave, medium wave, short wave
light and sound[countable]TPHP
a movement in which you raise your arm and move your hand from side to side:
signal[countable usually singular]
He dismissed her with a wave of the hand.
a feeling or activity that happens again and again in a series:
The pain swept over him in waves.
Wave after wave of aircraft passed overhead.
a loose curl in your hair
hair[countable usually plural]DCB
to cause problems, especially when you should not:
With so many jobs already cut, he didn't want to make waves.
a new style of music, art, film etc that is very different and unusual:
new wave music
new wave of
the new wave of Black feminist theorists
10 [countable usually singular] American English
an occasion when many people who are watching an event stand up, move their arms up and down, and sit down again one after another in a continuous movement that looks like a wave moving on the sea [= Mexican wave British English]