• WordNet 3.6
    • n waviness unevenness produced by waves or wrinkles
    • n waviness (of hair) a tendency to curl
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Waviness The quality or state of being wavy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n waviness The state or quality of being wavy or undulating.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Waviness the state or quality of being wavy
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wafian, to wave; cf. Ice. vafra, to waver.


In literature:

Vest and Hand represent another group with thin, wavy shells and thereby are quite distinct from the typical shagbarks.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
She has a great deal of wavy black hair, which encircles her head like a dusky glory, a smoky halo.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866" by Various
His short-sighted eyes fell upon Irene, a pretty, lithe, wavy-haired boy, before she and the twins bolted.
"The Madigans" by Miriam Michelson
Be careful to complete each stitch with a uniform movement so that the line will be perfectly straight and not wavy.
"Textiles and Clothing" by Kate Heintz Watson
The hull reposes on its own reflected image, and the taper mast is repeated in a wavy but distinct line below.
"Erling the Bold" by R.M. Ballantyne
Jack noted that she was fair of complexion, with dark, wavy hair.
"The Rover Boys at Colby Hall" by Arthur M. Winfield
Her hair, too, was brown, and shadowed her face in a wavy mass held most objectionable by her aunts.
"The Pleasant Street Partnership" by Mary F. Leonard
You have the fair complexion and brown, wavy hair.
"The Young Franc Tireurs" by G. A. Henty
Listening to the fairy music, and watching the wavy motion of the dancing fairies, the children fell asleep.
"The Golden Spears" by Edmund Leamy
A little, wavy-haired Indian named Flute was one of these.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various

In poetry:

Sound met sound in the wavy air—
That made a little to-do!
They jostled not long, but were quick and fair;
Each found its path and flew.
"Lessons For A Child" by George MacDonald
Round and around, with heedful eyes,
He chased it o'er the wavy river:
He marked his time and seized his prize,
But in his hand it burst for ever!
"The Bubble Chase" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
By old Cephisus deep,
Who spread his wavy sweep
In warbled wand'rings round thy green retreat;
On whose enamell'd side,
When holy Freedom died,
No equal haunt allur'd thy future feet.
"Ode to Simplicity" by William Taylor Collins
Awe-struck we picture to ourselves
That brow serene and fair,
That gentle face, the long rich curls
Of wavy golden hair,
And those deep wondrous, star-like eyes,
Holy and calm as midnight skies.
"Our Saviour’s Boyhood" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
Ah! wherefore by the Church-yard side,
Poor little LORN ONE, dost thou stray?
Thy wavy locks but thinly hide
The tears that dim thy blue-eye's ray;
And wherefore dost thou sigh, and moan,
And weep, that thou art left alone?
"All Alone" by Mary Darby Robinson
Oh, the days are growing longer,
The wavy gleam of fluttering wings,
Touching the silent earth so lightly,
Will wake all the sleeping, beautiful things,
The world will glow so brightly--brightly;
And the days are growing longer.
"Spring Song Of The Swallow" by Marietta Holley

In news:

Description Learn how to get perfect wavy hair using these tips from Family Circle beauty editor Dori Katz.
The return of Wavy Gravy.
How to Get Charlize Theron's Sexy, Wavy Ponytail.
Wavy Doodle' proves a magnetic tribute to German physicist.
WOOD helps WAVY with Irene coverage.
'Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie'.
Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie Directed by Michelle Esrick Ripple Effect Films Opens December 8, IFC Center.
How One Editor Got Her Stick-Straight Hair to Look Naturally Wavy .
Lovato, whose locks were long, wavy and red a few days ago, debuted a chin-length, blunt, black bob with straight bangs.
I was left with a wavy picture that was almost watchable.
Wavy Doodle' proves a magnetic tribute to German physicist.
WAVY News 10's Andy Fox reports from Nags Head (6pm).
Portsmouth , VA news from wavy.com.
Don Roberts is WAVY-TV's "Marathon Man".
He co-anchors three hours of news a day, first as co-host of the number-1 rated morning newscast in Hampton Roads: WAVY News 10 Today and WAVY News 10 Midday.

In science:

In fact, even the choice of appropriate parametrization of the wavy line is a technically important issue.
Alday-Maldacena duality and AdS Plateau problem
Many jets curve slightly, while others have a wavy or sinusoidal shape.
Low Mass Star Formation in the Taurus-Auriga Clouds
Shown are the lowest lying energy levels of the outer valence electron in singly ionized barium, electric dipole transitions (solid lines), electric quadrupole transitions (dashed lines with arrows), and state lifetimes and decay branching rations (dashed wavy lines).
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
Solid lines represent the pseudo-scalar meson particles and wavy lines stand for photons.
$K_{S}$ $\to$ $\gamma \gamma$ at one-loop revisited
Gray wavy lines represent momentum-conserving scattering.
First evidence of transient interactions between $\pi\to\pi^*$ optical excitations and image potential states in graphite