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A wave is a repeating pattern that moves similarly to a spaceship, although it is infinite (thus, c orthogonal waves exist).

Waves can be terminated with other components, yielding infinitely extensible spaceships and growing objects. A finite wave of this kind is a wick-like structure attached at both ends to moving spaceship-like patterns, in such a way that the entire pattern is mobile. If the wave gets longer over time, the supporting patterns are wavestretchers.

Also, the gliders or spaceships emitted by a rake may be referred to as a wave, again because the line as a whole appears to move in a different direction from the individual components, due to the rake's movement. Compare with stream.

In general a wave can be interpreted as moving at a variety of different velocities, depending on which specific subcomponents are chosen as the starting and ending points for calculating speed and direction. See antstretcher, wavestretcher for a practical example of identical wave ends being connected to spaceships with different velocities.

Certain waves such as knightwave and switchwave, as well as 3c/7 wave, have known stabilisations; however, some, like 3c/10 pi wave and 3c/14 pi wave are not.

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