From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Waive \Waive\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Waived; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Waiving.] [OE. waiven, weiven, to set aside, remove, OF.
   weyver, quesver, to waive, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. veifa
   to wave, to vibrate, akin to Skr. vip to tremble. Cf.
   Vibrate, Waif.] [Written also wave.]
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   1. To relinquish; to give up claim to; not to insist on or
      claim; to refuse; to forego.
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            He waiveth milk, and flesh, and all.  --Chaucer.
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            We absolutely do renounce or waive our own opinions,
            absolutely yielding to the direction of others.
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   2. To throw away; to cast off; to reject; to desert.
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   3. (Law)
      (a) To throw away; to relinquish voluntarily, as a right
          which one may enforce if he chooses.
      (b) (O. Eng. Law) To desert; to abandon. --Burrill.
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   Note: The term was applied to a woman, in the same sense as
         outlaw to a man. A woman could not be outlawed, in the
         proper sense of the word, because, according to
         Bracton, she was never in law, that is, in a
         frankpledge or decennary; but she might be waived, and
         held as abandoned. --Burrill.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wave \Wave\, v. t.
   1. To move one way and the other; to brandish. "[Aeneas]
      waved his fatal sword." --Dryden.
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   2. To raise into inequalities of surface; to give an
      undulating form a surface to.
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            Horns whelked and waved like the enridged sea.
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   3. To move like a wave, or by floating; to waft. [Obs.] --Sir
      T. Browne.
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   4. To call attention to, or give a direction or command to,
      by a waving motion, as of the hand; to signify by waving;
      to beckon; to signal; to indicate.
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            Look, with what courteous action
            It waves you to a more removed ground. --Shak.
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            She spoke, and bowing waved
            Dismissal.                            --Tennyson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wave \Wave\ (w[=a]v), v. t.
   See Waive. --Sir H. Wotton. --Burke.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wave \Wave\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Waved; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Waving.] [OE. waven, AS. wafian to waver, to hesitate, to
   wonder; akin to w[ae]fre wavering, restless, MHG. wabern to
   be in motion, Icel. vafra to hover about; cf. Icel. v[=a]fa
   to vibrate. Cf. Waft, Waver.]
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   1. To play loosely; to move like a wave, one way and the
      other; to float; to flutter; to undulate.
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            His purple robes waved careless to the winds.
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            Where the flags of three nations has successively
            waved.                                --Hawthorne.
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   2. To be moved to and fro as a signal. --B. Jonson.
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   3. To fluctuate; to waver; to be in an unsettled state; to
      vacillate. [Obs.]
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            He waved indifferently 'twixt doing them neither
            good nor harm.                        --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wave \Wave\, n. [From Wave, v.; not the same word as OE. wawe,
   waghe, a wave, which is akin to E. wag to move. [root]138.
   See Wave, v. i.]
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   1. An advancing ridge or swell on the surface of a liquid, as
      of the sea, resulting from the oscillatory motion of the
      particles composing it when disturbed by any force their
      position of rest; an undulation.
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            The wave behind impels the wave before. --Pope.
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   2. (Physics) A vibration propagated from particle to particle
      through a body or elastic medium, as in the transmission
      of sound; an assemblage of vibrating molecules in all
      phases of a vibration, with no phase repeated; a wave of
      vibration; an undulation. See Undulation.
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   3. Water; a body of water. [Poetic] "Deep drank Lord Marmion
      of the wave." --Sir W. Scott.
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            Build a ship to save thee from the flood,
            I 'll furnish thee with fresh wave, bread, and wine.
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   4. Unevenness; inequality of surface. --Sir I. Newton.
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   5. A waving or undulating motion; a signal made with the
      hand, a flag, etc.
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   6. The undulating line or streak of luster on cloth watered,
      or calendered, or on damask steel.
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   7. Something resembling or likened to a water wave, as in
      rising unusually high, in being of unusual extent, or in
      progressive motion; a swelling or excitement, as of
      feeling or energy; a tide; flood; period of intensity,
      usual activity, or the like; as, a wave of enthusiasm;
      waves of applause.
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   Wave front (Physics), the surface of initial displacement
      of the particles in a medium, as a wave of vibration

   Wave length (Physics), the space, reckoned in the direction
      of propagation, occupied by a complete wave or undulation,
      as of light, sound, etc.; the distance from a point or
      phase in a wave to the nearest point at which the same
      phase occurs.

   Wave line (Shipbuilding), a line of a vessel's hull, shaped
      in accordance with the wave-line system.

   Wave-line system, Wave-line theory (Shipbuilding), a
      system or theory of designing the lines of a vessel, which
      takes into consideration the length and shape of a wave
      which travels at a certain speed.

   Wave loaf, a loaf for a wave offering. --Lev. viii. 27.

   Wave moth (Zool.), any one of numerous species of small
      geometrid moths belonging to Acidalia and allied genera;
      -- so called from the wavelike color markings on the

   Wave offering, an offering made in the Jewish services by
      waving the object, as a loaf of bread, toward the four
      cardinal points. --Num. xviii. 11.

   Wave of vibration (Physics), a wave which consists in, or
      is occasioned by, the production and transmission of a
      vibratory state from particle to particle through a body.

   Wave surface.
      (a) (Physics) A surface of simultaneous and equal
          displacement of the particles composing a wave of
      (b) (Geom.) A mathematical surface of the fourth order
          which, upon certain hypotheses, is the locus of a wave
          surface of light in the interior of crystals. It is
          used in explaining the phenomena of double refraction.
          See under Refraction.

   Wave theory. (Physics) See Undulatory theory, under
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