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Webster's Dictionary [1]

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

(2): ( v. i.) To be moved to and fro as a signal.

(3): ( n.) Something resembling or likened to a water wave, as in rising unusually high, in being of unusual extent, or in progressive motion; a swelling or excitement, as of feeling or energy; a tide; flood; period of intensity, usual activity, or the like; as, a wave of enthusiasm.

(4): ( v. t.) To move one way and the other; to brandish.

(5): ( v. t.) To raise into inequalities of surface; to give an undulating form a surface to.

(6): ( v. t.) See Waive.

(7): ( v. t.) To move like a wave, or by floating; to waft.

(8): ( v. t.) 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.

(9): ( v. i.) An advancing ridge or swell on the surface of a liquid, as of the sea, resulting from the oscillatory motion of the particles composing it when disturbed by any force their position of rest; an undulation.

(10): ( v. i.) A vibration propagated from particle to particle through a body or elastic medium, as in the transmission of sound; an assemblage of vibrating molecules in all phases of a vibration, with no phase repeated; a wave of vibration; an undulation. See Undulation.

(11): ( v. i.) Water; a body of water.

(12): ( v. i.) Unevenness; inequality of surface.

(13): ( v. i.) A waving or undulating motion; a signal made with the hand, a flag, etc.

(14): ( v. i.) The undulating line or streak of luster on cloth watered, or calendered, or on damask steel.

(15): ( v. i.) Fig.: A swelling or excitement of thought, feeling, or energy; a tide; as, waves of enthusiasm.

(16): ( v. i.) To fluctuate; to waver; to be in an unsettled state; to vacillate.

(17): ( n.) Woe.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words [2]

1: Κῦμα (Strong'S #2949 — Noun Neuter — kuma — koo'-mah )

from kuo, "to be pregnant, to swell," is used (a) literally in the plural,  Matthew 8:24;  14:24;  Mark 4:37 (  Acts 27:41 , in some mss.); (b) figuratively,  Jude 1:13 .

2: Σάλος (Strong'S #4535 — Noun Masculine — salos — sal'-os )

denotes "a tossing," especially the rolling swell of the sea,  Luke 21:25 , AV, "waves" (RV, "billows").

3: Κλύδων (Strong'S #2830 — Noun Masculine — kludon — kloo'-dohn )

"a billow," is translated "wave" in  James 1:6 , AV (RV, "surge"); in  Luke 8:24 it is translated "raging (of the water)." See Rage , B.

King James Dictionary [3]

WAVE, n. G.

1. A moving swell or volume of water usually, a swell raised and driven by wind. A pebble thrown into still water produces waves, which form concentric circles, receding from the point where the pebble fell. But waves are generally raised and driven by wind, and the word comprehends any moving swell on the surface of water, from the smallest ripple to the billows of a tempest.

The wave behind impels the wave before.

2. Unevenness inequality of surface. 3. The line or streak of luster on cloth watered and calendered.


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

His purple robes wavd careless to the wind.

2. To be moved, as a signal. 3. To fluctuate to waver to be in an unsettled state.

WAVE, See Waver.

1. To raise into inequalities of surface. 2. To move one way and the other to brandish as, to wave the hand to wave a sword. 3. To waft to remove any thing floating. 4. To beckon to direct by a waft or waving motion.


1. To put off to cast off to cast away to reject as, to wave good stolen usually written waive. 2. To quit to depart from.

He resolved not to wave his way.

3. To put off to put aside for the present, or to omit to pursue as, to wave a motion. He offered to wave the subject. This is the usual sense.