wave noun

1 on water

ADJ. big, enormous, giant, great, huge, mountainous | small, tiny | white-capped, white-crested, white-topped | breaking | tidal Several villages have been destroyed by a huge tidal wave.

VERB + WAVE ride Surfers flocked to the beach to ride the waves.

WAVE + VERB rise | break, fall We watched the waves breaking on the shore. | lap the gentle sound of waves lapping the sand | crash, roar, smash I could hear the waves crash against the rocks.

WAVE + NOUN energy, power

PREP. in the ~s children playing in the waves | on the ~s There were seagulls bobbing on the waves.

PHRASES the crash/crashing/lap/lapping of the waves, the crest of a wave (often figurative) She is on the crest of a wave at the moment following her Olympic success.

2 movement of energy

ADJ. electromagnetic, light, radio, seismic, shock, sound

VERB + WAVE emit, generate | deflect

WAVE + VERB bounce off sth, travel Sound waves bounce off objects in their path.

3 increase/spread

ADJ. big, enormous, huge, massive | fresh, new, next, recent | first, second, etc. the first wave of immigration in the 1950s | crime

VERB + WAVE send Hearing the tune again sent waves of longing through her.

WAVE + VERB sweep (over) sth, wash over/through sb/sth With the fall of the Bastille in 1789, a wave of euphoria swept over Europe. A wave of relief washed over him as he saw that the children were safe.

PREP. ~ of a big wave of refugees

4 hand movement

ADJ. quick | cheery, friendly | farewell, parting

VERB + WAVE give (sb), return I returned his wave and started to walk towards him.

PREP. with a ~ | ~ of He dismissed her thanks with a quick wave of the hand.