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Wave (verb active)

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

  1. To raise into inequalities of surface.

                He had a thousand noses,
    Horns welk'd and wav'd like the enridged sea.

  2. To move loosely.

    They wav'd their fiery swords, and in the air
    Made horrid circles.

    He beckoned to me, and, by the waving of his hand, directed me to approach the place where he sat. Addison.

  3. To waft; to remove any thing floating.

    Some men never conceive how the motion of the earth below should wave one from a knock perpendicularly directed from a body in the air above. Brown's Vulgar Errours.

  4. To beckon; to direct by a waft or motion of any thing.

            Look with what courteous action
    It waves you to a more removed ground:
    But do not go with it.

  5. [Guesver, Fr. Skinner.] To put off.

    He resolved not to wave his way upon this reason, that if he should but once, by such a diversion, make his enemy believe he were afraid of danger, he should never live without. Wotton's Life of the Duke of Buckingham.

    These, waving plots, found out a better way;
    Some god descended, and preserv'd the play.

  6. To put aside for the present.

    I have wav'd the subject of your greatness, to resign myself to the contemplation of what is more peculiarly yours. Dryden.

    Since she her interest for the nation's wav'd,
    Then I who sav'd the king, the nation sav'd.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Browne, Thomas (203) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Hamlet (60) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Milton, John (449) · Skinner, Stephen (55) · Wotton, Henry (48)

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