v. t.

  1. See Waive.
  2. To move one way and the other; to brandish.
  3. To raise into inequalities of surface; to give an undulating form a surface to.
  4. To move like a wave, or by floating; to waft.
  5. 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.

v. i.

  1. To play loosely; to move like a wave, one way and the other; to float; to flutter; to undulate.
  2. To be moved to and fro as a signal.
  3. To fluctuate; to waver; to be in an unsettled state; to vacillate.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Water; a body of water.
  7. Unevenness; inequality of surface.
  8. A waving or undulating motion; a signal made with the hand, a flag, etc.
  9. The undulating line or streak of luster on cloth watered, or calendered, or on damask steel.
  10. Fig.: A swelling or excitement of thought, feeling, or energy; a tide; as, waves of enthusiasm.


  1. Woe.