Translation of "wave" - English-French dictionary

wave

noun countablewave /weɪv/
a raised, moving area of water
vague feminine

waves breaking on the beach
les vagues se brisant sur le rivage

kids playing in the waves
des enfants jouant dans les vagues
; see also tidal wave
countable the act of waving your hand or arm
signe masculine (de la main)

She gave us a wave as she left.
Elle nous a fait un signe de la main en partant.
countable a large amount or increased level
vague feminine

A wave of anger overtook him.
Une vague de colère l'a submergé.

a crime wave
une vague de criminalité
countable a movement of energy
onde feminine

sound/light waves
ondes sonores/lumineuses

wave

verbwave /weɪv/
transitive to move your hand or arm to say hello or goodbye
faire signe de la main , saluer de la main

She waved at her friends.
Elle salua ses amis de la main.

to wave hello/goodbye
faire signe bonjour / au revoir
transitive-intransitive to move through the air
agiter , flotter

flags waving in the breeze
des drapeaux flottant au vent

They waved signs and cheered.
Ils ont agité des pancartes et ont applaudi.
transitive to indicate with your hand that sb should move somewhere
faire signe de

The officer waved us along.
Le policier nous a fait signe de bouger.

(Translation of “wave” from the GLOBAL English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)

wave

noun /weiv/

a moving ridge, larger than a ripple, moving on the surface of water

vague
rolling waves
The boat was being tossed about on the waves.

a vibration travelling eg through the air

onde
radio waves
sound waves
light waves.

a curve or curves in the hair

ondulation
Are those waves natural?

a (usually temporary) rise or increase

vague
the recent crime wave
a wave of violence
The pain came in waves.

an act of waving

signe de la main
She recognized me, and gave me a wave.
wavy adjective

(of hair) full of waves

ondulé
Her hair is wavy, but her sister’s hair is straight.
waviness noun

ondulation(s)
wave(band) noun

a range of wavelengths on which eg radio signals are broadcast.

bande de fréquences
wavelength noun

the distance from any given point on one (radio etc) wave to the corresponding point on the next.

longueur d’ondes
wave aside

to dismiss (a suggestion etc) without paying much attention to it

écarter d’un geste
The minister waved away any suggestion that he had acted improperly.

wave

verb

to (cause hair to) curve first one way then the other

onduler
She’s had her hair waved
Her hair waves naturally.

to make a gesture (of greeting etc) with (eg the hand)

saluer d’un signe de la main
She waved to me across the street
Everyone was waving handkerchiefs in farewell
They waved goodbye.

(Translation of “wave” from the PASSWORD English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)