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adj. wav·i·er, wav·i·est
1. Abounding or rising in waves: a wavy sea.
2. Marked by or moving in a wavelike form or motion; sinuous.
3. Having curls, curves, or undulations: wavy hair.
4. Characteristic or suggestive of waves.
5. Wavering; unstable.

wav′i·ly adv.
wav′i·ness n.
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Noun1.waviness - (of hair) a tendency to curl
curvature, curve - the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface
2.waviness - unevenness produced by waves or wrinkles
unevenness, variability - the quality of being uneven and lacking uniformity
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(weiv) noun
1. a moving ridge, larger than a ripple, moving on the surface of water. rolling waves; a boat tossing on the waves.
2. a vibration travelling eg through the air. radio waves; sound waves; light waves.
3. a curve or curves in the hair. Are those waves natural?
4. a (usually temporary) rise or increase. the recent crime wave; a wave of violence; The pain came in waves.
5. an act of waving. She recognized me, and gave me a wave.
1. to move backwards and forwards or flutter. The flags waved gently in the breeze.
2. to (cause hair to) curve first one way then the other. She's had her hair waved; Her hair waves naturally.
3. to make a gesture (of greeting etc) with (eg the hand). She waved to me across the street; Everyone was waving handkerchiefs in farewell; They waved goodbye.
ˈwavy adjective
(of hair) full of waves. Her hair is wavy but her sister's hair is straight.
ˈwaviness noun
ˈwave(band) noun
a range of wavelengths on which eg radio signals are broadcast.
ˈwavelength noun
the distance from any given point on one (radio etc) wave to the corresponding point on the next.
wave aside
to dismiss (a suggestion etc) without paying much attention to it.
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References in classic literature ?
She was still wearing her walking-dress, prim and straight in its folds about her tall, graceful figure, and her hair, save for the slight waviness about the forehead, was plainly dressed.
As recognizable in the light microscopy images, a waviness occurs at holding times of 0 s.
A distinctive feature of The Scream is the pattern of waviness of the clouds in the sky, or in the sky itself if it is interpreted as cloudless.
* Skidless styli intended for measuring roughness and waviness on sealing faces
parameters which could affect the measurements are: objective selection, lateral and vertical distinction, contrast, brightness, waviness removal, etc.
ID waviness is a common problem in pipe extrusion, but the cause of this problem is not widely recognized.
This is obviously attributed to some factors that exist in the manufacturing process of CF/EP composites by VARIM, such as the effect of the shape of the flow media screen sheet and the waviness of the fibers in the fabrics due to the use of the stitching filaments and also fabric handling during lay-ups.
In order to obtain high-quality plastic optical lens, this paper takes the surface waviness and optical performance into account and presents a set of technical procedures for optimization of IMPP, providing reference for manufacturing high-quality optical lens.
"Any occurrence of tackiness; grain loss; blistering; distortion; cracking; crazing; fibre deterioration; wrinkling; waviness; milking or spotting would have led to a rejection.
Lots of A/W catwalk models had an almost beachy waviness to their hair.
In a report prepared by the commission, the PSUC said the government allocates huge budgets for construction and renovation projects of roads, during which many routes are blocked for several years to motorists, pointing out that defects such as the cracking, crumbling, waviness or sinking of the asphalt are wasting state resources in addition to starting a vicious cycle of maintenance and road closures, without addressing the root cause of the problem.