W w


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [weyvz]
    • /weɪvz/
    • /weɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [weyvz]
    • /weɪvz/

Definitions of waves word

  • noun waves a member of the Waves. 1
  • verb without object waves to move freely and gently back and forth or up and down, as by the action of air currents, sea swells, etc.: The flags were waving in the wind. 1
  • verb without object waves to curve alternately in opposite directions; have an undulating form: The road waved along the valley. 1
  • verb without object waves to bend or sway up and down or to and fro, as branches or plants in the wind. 1
  • verb without object waves to be moved, especially alternately in opposite directions: The woman's handkerchief waved in encouragement. 1
  • verb without object waves to give a signal by fluttering or flapping something: She waved to me with her hand. 1

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Origin of waves

First appearance:

before 1942
One of the 7% newest English words
1942; W(omen) A(ccepted for) V(olunteer) E(mergency) S(ervice)

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Parts of speech for Waves


waves popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

waves usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for waves

verb waves

  • wobble — to incline to one side and to the other alternately, as a wheel, top, or other rotating body when not properly balanced.

noun waves

  • surf — the swell of the sea that breaks upon a shore or upon shoals.
  • spray — a single, slender shoot, twig, or branch with its leaves, flowers, or berries.
  • sea — Self Extracting Archive

Antonyms for waves

noun waves

  • lines — a thickness of glue, as between two veneers in a sheet of plywood.

verb waves

  • calms — Third-person singular simple present indicative form of calm.
  • stays — (of a ship) to change to the other tack.

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