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Wave \Wave\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Waved; p. pr. & vb. n. Waving.] [OE. waven, AS. wafian to waver, to hesitate, to wonder; akin to w[ae]fre wavering, restless, MHG. wabern to be in motion, Icel. vafra to hover about; cf. Icel. v[=a]fa to vibrate. Cf. Waft, Waver.]

  1. To play loosely; to move like a wave, one way and the other; to float; to flutter; to undulate.

    His purple robes waved careless to the winds.

    Where the flags of three nations has successively waved.

  2. To be moved to and fro as a signal.
    --B. Jonson.

  3. To fluctuate; to waver; to be in an unsettled state; to vacillate. [Obs.]

    He waved indifferently 'twixt doing them neither good nor harm.


Waved \Waved\, a.

  1. Exhibiting a wavelike form or outline; undulating; intended; wavy; as, waved edge.

  2. Having a wavelike appearance; marked with wavelike lines of color; as, waved, or watered, silk.

  3. (Her.) Having undulations like waves; -- said of one of the lines in heraldry which serve as outlines to the ordinaries, etc.


vb. (en-past of: wave)

Usage examples of "waved".

The ex-Royal Family waved, each remembering happier occasions, wedding dresses, kisses, the cheers of the adoring crowds.

He waved a pulse cartridge rifle unsteadily with one hand, shooting again and again, but three armored cymeks pounced upon him from their own aerofoil vessels.

The gallant officers, now realizing for the first time that a girl--and a pretty one--was one of the passengers of the big aeroplane, waved their hats and bowed profoundly.

The Deck Officer, now crouched low on the deck, his forward leg bent, his aft leg ruler straight, quickly waved his wand forward in a big arc, the wand finally touching the deck, then coming up to point straight ahead down the deck into the wind.

A leaf with aggregated masses, caused by its having been waved for 2 m.

As Ray and the other dogs rushed to join the melee, Ake slowly got out of the hovercraft, stretched his legs, and waved knowingly at a figure standing and watching all the commotion from a respectful distance.

Erik waved good-bye to Akee, and turned his horse around as Jimmy urged his back to a walk.

Two of the other Alaunt hounds joined her, but she waved the rest back.

Comfortably into his cups, the mayor waved agreeably and Alec hurried out.

Stepping away as far as he could, Alec pulled the harp string from his tunic and waved it like a pass.

Seregil gave him a wink as Nysander took out his small ivory dagger and waved Alec to a chair.

At his waved command, the man holding Alec released him and he spun to find himself facing Micum Cavish.

Seregil waved his hand in the air above his head, then held it to the lightstone for Alec to see.

But now the trumpets blew a fanfare, and forth rode divers gallant knights, who, spurring rearing steeds, charged amain to gore, to smite and batter each other with right good will while the concourse shouted, caps waved and scarves and ribands fluttered.

Rather than eight arms like an octopus or the ten of a squid, the ammonite waved more tentacles than Sharina could count in her brief glimpse.