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Wave (verb neuter)

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To Wave. v.n. [from the noun.]

  1. To play loosely; to float.

                    I may find
    Your warlike ensigns waving in the wind.
    Dryden.

                    Messapus' helm
    He laces on, and wears the waving crest.
    Dryden.

  2. To be moved as a signal.

    A bloody arm it is, that holds a pine
    Lighted, above the capitol, and now
    It waves unto us.
    B. Johnson's Catiline.

  3. To be in an unsettled state; to fluctuate.

    They wave in and out, no way sufficiently grounded, no way resolved, what to think, speak, or write, more than only that because they have taken it upon them, they must be opposite. Hooker, b. v.

    If he did not care whether he had their love or no, he wav'd indifferently 'twixt doing them neither good nor harm. Shakesp. Coriolanus.

Sources: Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Dryden, John (788) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Jonson, Ben (70)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Wave (verb neuter)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 16, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=4210.


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