Translation of wave in Spanish:

wave

ola, n.

Pronunciation /weɪv//weɪv/

noun

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    • 1.1(of water)

      ola feminine
      to ride the waves surcar los mares literary
      • As he posed for photographs near the shore a huge wave knocked him from his perch and almost carried him out to sea.
      • He had anticipated this move though for as soon as she broke the surface a wave of water hit her.
      • We waded near the shore and the waves would come and knock her over.
      • Just listen to the song of the lark, the lapping of the waves on the shore.
      • Above him, sea birds wheeled and called and although he couldn't see a beach, he could hear the gentle wash of waves on the shore.
      • The waves climb up the shore only to retreat back to their haven.
      • Its job is to return to the sea the water that comes to shore with the breaking waves.
      • The image of a pristine island - azure waves lapping at the shore, palm trees silhouetted in the setting sun - is synonymous with paradise.
      • The waves hammering the shore cause the bulk of the damage in a hurricane landfall.
      • The only sound she could hear was the ocean waves crashing down on the sand.
      • I remembered the young soldier on the cliff top standing with me in silence as we looked down at the peaceful waves lapping the shore beneath us.
      • The sound of the waves breaking on the shore is a fine way to fall asleep.
      • It's high tide, so the sea in its surfeit doesn't pound itself against the shore but sends its waves softly like gulls gliding.
      • It was the voices of a thousand songbirds, of waves lapping against the shore, and of a pack of wolves, mourning the loss of their leader.
      • While the guys attempted to body surf the waves, the girls laid out on the sand to tan.
      • A calmer Maracas Bay enticed these men into its waters yesterday, even though two days before bathers scampered for safety as massive waves crashed on the shore.
      • We went to the beach and watched the dull grey waves slam the white shore.
      • As a large wave approaches the shore, the two take off in a race for the beach.
      • More remarkably, fish actually emerge from the ocean, riding high waves onto shore to spawn on the sandy beaches.
      • Huge waves slammed into the shores of remote, north-east coast village two weeks ago, destroying its thriving fishing industry.

    • 1.2(in hair)

      onda feminine
      she has a natural wave to her hair tiene el pelo naturalmente ondulado
      • Sure, my outfit was great and my hair held a natural wave that I didn't want to mess with.
      • They had styled my hair by blowing it out straight so that even the ends were perfect without any of my natural wave or curl.
      • He was clean shaven, had dark hair which was around one-and-a-half inches long with a slight wave, and was wearing a black hooded top with black jeans.
      • It is straight and flat with no curl, but may have a slight wave.
      • Her long dark blonde hair had a natural wave and hung half to her waist.
      • Standing at well over six feet, he had long, dark hair with a slight wave to it that just brushed his shoulders.
      • Her hair was white-blonde with a slight wave and she had sky blue eyes.
      • Her hair had a slight wave to it from it always being in a ponytail.
      • I have a slight wave in my hair so it looks choppy when it is roughly cut.
      • We finger-styled Tamara's hair fresh out of the shower, coaxing out the natural wave in her otherwise pin-straight hair.
      • It ‘gave a rotundity to my person, a wave and curl to my hair, and perhaps led me to fancy pictorial illustration and flaming colours’.
      • Applied to wet hair, it stretches out the wave to mimic the texture of relaxed hair.

    • 1.3Physics

      onda feminine

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    (surge, movement)
    oleada feminine
    a wave of revolutionary fervor una oleada de fervor revolucionario
    • a wave of nausea came over him le vinieron náuseas
    • there has been a wave of attacks ha habido una oleada de asaltos
    • Waves of energy arrive, waves upon waves of sadness, of despair.
    • Discussions with school officials indicate that waves of immigration differ for the ethnic groups.
    • Kris burst into a fresh wave of sobs as she collapsed in Mike's arms.
    • The immigration waves that have shaped so much of the city's personality have created a series of villages.
    • Waves of immigrants began to flow into Mauritania in the third century AD.
    • Less restraint was shown in bygone days, when shark attacks sometimes inspired mass waves of indiscriminate killing.
    • After the mid-19th century there was a wave of mass migration of poor Europeans to North America, and to other colonies, such as Brazil and South Africa.
    • This latest wave of violence is being looked at very closely.
    • It was a scene repeated at polling stations across America last week as an unprecedented wave of early voting signalled a potentially sharp rise in overall turnout.
    • The United States also pledged $350m to help tsunami victims, a tenfold increase over its first wave of aid.
    • But I'll tell you, it hasn't stopped this wave of illegal immigration.
    • And this latest wave of complaints about the behavior won't be the last.
    • So will one the features of this new age - in addition to the welcome growth in sexual openness - be a terrible wave of increased sexual assaults?
    • But the enduring depression led to a wave of negative equity.
    • The upward tendency in arms exports has generated a new wave of company mergers, especially in the aerospace industry.
    • Momentum was increased by a fresh wave of Russian pogroms in 1903.
    • In a dynamic, innovative economy, these forces unleash waves upon waves of change.
    • Their plans sent the first wave of bright-eyed immigrants back to Palestine in 1881.
    • Did you never wonder what these sudden waves of mass hysteria were about?
    • Plans to lift prices earlier this year were postponed after a wave of protests.
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    (gesture)
    he silenced them with a wave of his hand los hizo callar con un gesto de la mano
    • she gave them a wave les hizo adiós/los saludó con la mano

transitive verb

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    • 1.1(shake, swing)

      (flag/handkerchief) agitar
      she waved her hand sadly hizo adiós con la mano, llena de tristeza
      • to wave sth in the air agitar algo en el aire
      • stop waving those papers under my nose! ¡deja de restregarme esos papeles por las narices!
      • to wave sth around agitar algo
      • she waved her stick at them los amenazó agitando su bastón en el aire / blandiendo su bastón
      • smiling, she waved the letter at him sonriente, le enseñaba la carta agitándola en el aire
      • to wave goodbye hacer adiós con la mano
      • she waved him goodbye le hizo adiós con la mano
      • I stared at the cigarette the girl was waving in front of my face.
      • Its gun-ports were visible even at this distance, and a flag, unidentifiable, waved defiantly atop the mainmast.
      • Soldiers seemed to be dropping the second as she waved the staff, moving gracefully around the dock.
      • Later she went on a walkabout from Durham Market Place to Millennium Place where people, cheering and waving Union Jacks, packed the pavements to see her.
      • Furthermore, this portrait symbolizes the patriotism felt in this country with the three American flags waving in the background.
      • This is undoubtedly a good thing, as it allows him to wave his arms about and shout with little danger of catching innocent bystanders on the chin.
      • Dozens of turrets and towers jutted into the painted sky, black-and-violet flags waving from their tops.
      • Everyone is waving their arms and talking at once.
      • Chad smiled and waved his hand, shaking his head.
      • Her eyelids open even more as she struggles to focus on what I'm waving under her nose.
      • The physician merely waves an electronic wand in front of the patient's chest.
      • All of a sudden, out of the very depths of the monument a little wiry man jumped out waving his hands about a lot.
      • Even before birth, babies repeatedly kick their legs, wave their arms, and bring their hands to the mouth.
      • The men were frantically waving their arms around to indicate they were in distress.
      • A few flags waved from their poles, sporting the Institution's signature colors - maroon and white.
      • He turned to face Mindy, her ravishing, long brown hair waving in the slight breeze.
      • As you sing the song the next time, you wave your left hand in time with the music.
      • When they were closer, I could see the way his pale hair waved in the slight breeze, which only served to make me feel even colder.
      • You could barely see the folk for the flags waving.
      • Ribbons and flags of silver waved in the soft warm breeze.
      • A man said that as he turned onto Buckley Road, a bearded man waved his fist and scared him.
      • The rolling hills stretched out before them, the grass waving in the wind.
      • She does her normal move of waving her fan and producing a wall of spikes to kill her enemy.
      • She cried out, her arms waving frantically in the air as she sought to keep her balance.
      • Flags waving in St Peter's Square ranged from Poland to Mexico, Taiwan to Lebanon.
      • Banners and purple flags waved in the brisk cold breeze.
      • His blue hair waved slightly in the wind.
      • He saw the yellow and black police tape waving eerily in the strong wind.
      • They have no use for the dignified thumb sign, but wave their hands recklessly in an attempt to attract the rider and somehow get him to stop.
      • They started cheering madly waving their school flags as well.
      • Flags were waved, arms punched the air.
      • A small group of protesters waved placards and shouted slogans before fighting with police.
      • Motorcycles and cars roam the streets with palm-sized Indonesian flags waving.
      • His dark hair fell to his shoulders, waving slightly in the breeze.
      • Jamie lifted his head and looked at the green tent as it flapped and waved in the wind and rain.
      • My long hair waved wildly in the light breeze that was blowing.
      • And there's American flags waving in the background, and plenty of 'em.
      • To the bitter end he kept waving under her nose a brochure of their dream house across town.
      • ‘No, no,’ he demurs, waving his hands in front of his face.
      • Sure enough, the flags waving high in the streets of the city bore the crest of Northwind, where Jessie's husband, Ben, was Duke.

    • 1.2(direct)

      I was waved to one side me apartó con un gesto
      • the policeman waved us on el policía nos hizo señas para / de que siguiéramos adelante

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    (curl)
    (hair) marcar
    (hair) ondular
    I had my hair waved me marqué / me ondulé el pelo
    • The smile on Tory's face dwindled, and he nodded as he ran a hand through his softly waved blonde hair.
    • For the model above the hair was waved with a stacked perm at the back of the neck to get volume up to the occipital bone, and layered and textured through the front.
    • She wore, black strappy high heeled sandals and her long dark hair was waved to perfection.
    • He was in his forties, she guessed, with thick, dark, waved hair and big baby-blue eyes.

intransitive verb

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    (signal)
    to wave at / to sb (to say goodbye) hacerle adiós a algn con la mano
    • (to attract attention) he waved at / to me to come over me hizo señas para que me acercara
    • she waved up/across at me me hizo señas desde abajo/desde el otro lado
    • Felix looked back to Joel, waving a good bye as they disappeared into their different classrooms.
    • Jason called back, waving a greeting simultaneously.
    • A woman got out and waved in his direction, then started toward the gate.
    • I found Jeremy sitting at one of the tables by the lunch room window and waved.
    • I would see the old woman, sometimes, from the window: she would wave to us.
    • His eyes caught sight of Henry standing behind the window, and he waved cheerfully at him as well.
    • The great man waved to the crowds in the main grandstand, and gentle applause wafted back at him.
    • The villagers all line the dock, tears welling in their respective eyes, waving a mournful farewell to the departing sailors.
    • He looked back at the at the shop, waving a final goodbye as they rode away.
    • He didn't come out, he didn't wave or slide the window open to yell for me.
    • He walked me home and waited until I waved from my window to leave.
    • I saw her mom's face looking from the window and I waved, but she disappeared behind the curtain.
    • The castle was tall and wide with bright decorations and people waving from the small windows.
    • ‘You look adorable in that shirt,’ she said before waving an enthusiastic goodbye.
    • A new survey reveals that less than a quarter of people wait on the platform to wave their loved one farewell until the train has pulled out.
    • Gwen hopped up the steps, waving her farewells to her fellow classmates.
    • As he passed, merchants and shoppers smiled and waved their greetings.
    • She pretended she didn't understand the gesture, and cheerfully waved back.
    • The little figure on the monitor was waving directly at the camera.
    • She waves a wistful goodbye to him and blows him a kiss.
    • Don't encourage your children to wave from the windows, as they might try to climb up when you're out of the room.
    • I absently waved with a smile and continued to stare at my schedule.
    • But for today you wave a sad farewell as it floats back off into the night sky.
    • I waved over my shoulder as I made my way towards the school library.
    • Leaving their hotel room to go to the Peppermint Lounge, the lads wave a sweet goodbye to the two-man camera crew.
    • She caught sight of him and waved with a huge smile plastered on her face.
    • A pretty red-haired girl waved frantically to catch Allyson's attention from the school's parking lot.
    • I pass Peggy on the way out; she waves a quick goodbye and then continues talking on the phone.
    • She waved over her shoulder as she walked out of the hospital room.
    • He waved to me as he began to jog away, and I cheerfully waved back.
    • She was waving her goodbyes like a queen leaving her loving subject.
    • There are ready smiles from residents who wave their greetings as we eventually head off the road and towards a small clutch of humble wooden dwellings.
    • Her friends waved from the windows as she giggled with glee.
    • Sky says she will see them all next week and waves them good bye.
    • I waved greetings in the general direction of the blokes, and smiled at the girls.
    • With the reassurance it would be no challenge for people who had made treks in the Himalayas, she waved them goodbye.
    • Lucie and Manfred were standing nearby, waving the general good-bye.
    • Raine turned to leave, waving her boss good-bye as she wobbled like a goose towards the frost-lined door of the small book-store.
    • I waved out the window to my friends, dreading the conversation I was going to have with my parents when I got home.
    • The next scene finds an elderly man driving through Nazareth waving hello to passers-by while insulting them under his breath.
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    (sway, flutter)
    (corn/trees) agitarse
    (corn/trees) mecerse con el viento
    (pennants/flag) ondear
    (pennants/flag) flamear