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English Synonyms and Antonyms1.0 / 1 vote

  1. wave

    A thing is shaken which is subjected to short and abruptly checked movements, as forward and backward, up and down, from side to side, etc. A tree is "shaken with a mighty wind;" a man slowly shakes his head. A thing rocks that is sustained from below; it swings if suspended from above, as a pendulum, or pivoted at the side, as a crane or a bridge-draw; to oscillate is to swing with a smooth and regular returning motion; a vibrating motion may be tremulous or jarring. The pendulum of a clock may be said to swing, vibrate, or oscillate; a steel bridge vibrates under the passage of a heavy train; the term vibrate is also applied to molecular movements. Jolting is a lifting from and letting down suddenly upon an unyielding surface; as, a carriage jolts over a rough road. A jarring motion is abruptly and very rapidly repeated through an exceedingly limited space; the jolting of the carriage jars the windows. Rattling refers directly to the sound produced by shaking. To joggle is to shake slightly; as, a passing touch joggles the desk on which one is writing. A thing trembles that shakes perceptibly and with an appearance of uncertainty and instability, as a person under the influence of fear; a thing shivers when all its particles are stirred with a slight but pervading tremulous motion, as a human body under the influence of cold; shuddering is a more pronounced movement of a similar kind, in human beings often the effect of emotional or moral recoil; hence, the word is applied by extension to such feelings even when they have no such outward manifestation; as, one says, "I shudder at the thought." To quiver is to have slight and often spasmodic contractile motions, as the flesh under the surgeon's knife. Thrill is applied to a pervasive movement felt rather than seen; as, the nerves thrill with delight; quiver is similarly used, but suggests somewhat more of outward manifestation. To agitate in its literal use is nearly the same as to shake, tho we speak of the sea as agitated when we could not say it is shaken; the Latin agitate is preferred in scientific or technical use to the Saxon shake, and especially as applied to the action of mechanical contrivances; in the metaphorical use agitate is more transitory and superficial, shake more fundamental and enduring; a person's feelings are agitated by distressing news; his courage, his faith, his credit, or his testimony is shaken. Sway applies to the movement of a body suspended from above or not firmly sustained from below, and the motion of which is less pronounced than swinging, smoother than vibrating, and not necessarily constant as oscillating; as, the swaying of a reed in the wind. Sway used transitively especially applies to motions of grace or dignity; brandish denotes a threatening or hostile motion; a monarch sways the scepter; the ruffian brandishes a club. To reel or totter always implies liability to fall; reeling is more violent than swaying, tottering more irregular; a drunken man reels; we speak of the tottering step of age or infancy. An extended mass which seems to lack solidity or cohesion is said to quake; as, a quaking bog. Quaver is applied almost exclusively to tremulous sounds of the human voice. Flap, flutter, and fluctuate refer to wave-like movements, flap generally to such as produce a sharp sound; a cock flaps his wings; flutter applies to a less pronounced and more irregular motion; a captive bird or a feeble pulse flutters. Compare FLUCTUATE.

    agitate, brandish, flap, fluctuate, flutter, jar, joggle, jolt, jounce, oscillate, quake, quaver, quiver, reel, rock, shake, shiver, shudder, sway, swing, thrill, totter, tremble, vibrate, waver

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. wave, moving ridgenoun

    one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)

    wafture, undulation, waving, moving ridge

  2. wavenoun

    a movement like that of a sudden occurrence or increase in a specified phenomenon

    "a wave of settlers"; "troops advancing in waves"

    wafture, undulation, waving, moving ridge

  3. wave, undulationnoun

    (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth

    wafture, undulation, waving, moving ridge

  4. wavenoun

    something that rises rapidly

    "a wave of emotion swept over him"; "there was a sudden wave of buying before the market closed"; "a wave of conservatism in the country led by the hard right"

    wafture, undulation, waving, moving ridge

  5. wave, waving, wafturenoun

    the act of signaling by a movement of the hand

    wafture, undulation, waving, moving ridge

  6. wavenoun

    a hairdo that creates undulations in the hair

    wafture, undulation, waving, moving ridge

  7. wave, undulationnoun

    an undulating curve

    wafture, undulation, waving, moving ridge

  8. wavenoun

    a persistent and widespread unusual weather condition (especially of unusual temperatures)

    "a heat wave"

    wafture, undulation, waving, moving ridge

  9. Waveverb

    a member of the women's reserve of the United States Navy; originally organized during World War II but now no longer a separate branch

    wafture, undulation, waving, moving ridge

  10. beckon, waveverb

    signal with the hands or nod

    "She waved to her friends"; "He waved his hand hospitably"

    undulate, brandish, curl, roll, beckon, flap, flourish

  11. brandish, flourish, waveverb

    move or swing back and forth

    "She waved her gun"

    roll, brandish, prosper, fly high, thrive, flap, undulate, beckon, expand, boom, curl, flourish

  12. roll, undulate, flap, waveverb

    move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion

    "The curtains undulated"; "the waves rolled towards the beach"

    vagabond, wind, ramble, pother, wrap, seethe, beat, stray, rove, roll, twine, cast, flap, beckon, ruffle, wander, riffle, hustle, cockle, brandish, pluck, revolve, roll up, swan, roll out, tramp, turn over, flourish, dither, undulate, ripple, drift, curl, roam, wheel, range

  13. curl, waveverb

    twist or roll into coils or ringlets

    "curl my hair, please"

    kink, undulate, brandish, coil, curl, roll, curl up, draw in, beckon, flap, loop, curve, flourish

  14. waveverb

    set waves in

    "she asked the hairdresser to wave her hair"

    flourish, undulate, brandish, roll, curl, beckon, flap

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. wavenoun

    undulation, billow, breaker, surge, swell, ripple

  2. waveverb

    undulate, float, fluctuate, flicker, vibrate, oscillate, play loosely, play to and fro

  3. waveverb

    brandish, flourish

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. wavenoun

    undulation, surge, eagre, bore, swell, billow, breaker, ripple, whitecap, signal, flourish, swelling, excitement, tide

    Associated words:
    rote, trough, rut, crest

  2. waveverb

    undulate, float, flutter, flourish, brandish, beckon, signal

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  1. Yannick Ilunga:

    I guess the definition that we had for it before was a new wave with an African aesthetic, first it used to be a new wave because it had to do with the music, like  a new wave of music, but now it is like 'a new wave', which means it's a whole movement ...  it's a whole wave, with an African aesthetic, we are African, made in Africa.

  2. Donald Trump:

    The worse everything looks, they think the better they're going to do with respect to the blue wave, which is turning out, frankly, to be a red wave, if United States look at the polls, i think we're going to have a red wave, not a blue wave.

  3. John Greenleaf Whittier:

    Through this broad street, restless ever, ebbs and flows a human tide, wave on wave a living river; wealth and fashion side by side; Toiler, idler, slave and master, in the same quick current glide.

  4. Massoud Mirkazemi:

    In the presidency it's the individual that is important. Political groups are not important. In reality, an individual can start a wave, whoever can start this wave will get votes. Ahmadinejad has started, and can start this wave.

  5. Michael Ryan:

    Cholera is still present and this is the classic situation where we've had a first big wave last year, and we fully expect another wave this year. That wave could be as large or potentially even larger.

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