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wax 1  (wks)
a. Any of various natural, oily or greasy heat-sensitive substances, consisting of hydrocarbons or esters of fatty acids that are insoluble in water but soluble in nonpolar organic solvents.
b. Beeswax.
c. Cerumen.
a. A solid plastic or pliable liquid substance, such as ozocerite or paraffin, originating from petroleum and found in rock layers and used in paper coating, as insulation, in crayons, and often in medicinal preparations.
b. A preparation containing wax used for polishing floors and other surfaces.
3. A resinous mixture used by shoemakers to rub on thread.
4. A phonograph record.
5. Something suggestive of wax in being impressionable or readily molded.
Made of wax: a wax candle.
tr.v. waxed, wax·ing, wax·es
1. To coat, treat, or polish with wax.
2. Informal To make a phonograph record of.
on wax
In the medium of phonograph recordings.

[Middle English, from Old English weax.]

wax 2  (wks)
intr.v. waxed, wax·ing, wax·es
1. To increase gradually in size, number, strength, or intensity.
2. To show a progressively larger illuminated area, as the moon does in passing from new to full.
3. To grow or become as specified: could afford ... to wax sentimental over their heritage (John Simon).

[Middle English waxen, from Old English weaxan; see aug- in Indo-European roots.]

1. (Chemistry / Elements & Compounds) any of various viscous or solid materials of natural origin: characteristically lustrous, insoluble in water, and having a low softening temperature, they consist largely of esters of fatty acids
2. (Chemistry / Elements & Compounds) any of various similar substances, such as paraffin wax or ozocerite, that have a mineral origin and consist largely of hydrocarbons
3. (Chemistry / Elements & Compounds) short for beeswax, sealing wax
4. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Physiology) Physiol another name for cerumen
5. (Chemistry / Elements & Compounds) a resinous preparation used by shoemakers to rub on thread
(Medicine / Pharmacology)
bone wax a mixture of wax, oil, and carbolic acid applied to the cut surface of a bone to prevent bleeding
7. any substance or object that is pliable or easily moulded he was wax in the hands of the political bosses
8. (modifier) made of or resembling wax a wax figure
9. (Clothing, Personal Arts & Crafts / Hairdressing & Grooming) the act or an instance of removing body hair by coating it with warm wax, applying a strip or fabric, and then remvoing the fabric sharply, thereby plucking the hairs out by their roots
10. (Clothing, Personal Arts & Crafts / Hairdressing & Grooming) to remove (body hair) by means of a wax treatment
(tr) to coat, polish, etc., with wax
[Old English weax, related to Old Saxon, Old High German wahs, Old Norse vax]
waxer  n
waxlike  adj

vb (intr)
1. to become larger, more powerful, etc.
2. (Astronomy) (of the moon) to show a gradually increasing portion of illuminated surface, between new moon and full moon Compare wane [1]
3. Archaic to become as specified the time waxed late
[Old English weaxan; related to Old Frisian waxa, Old Saxon, Old High German wahsan, Gothic wahsjan]

Brit informal old-fashioned a fit of rage or temper hes in a wax today
[of obscure origin; perhaps from the phrase to wax angry]

wax  (wks)
Any of various solid, usually yellow substances that melt or soften easily when heated. They are similar to fats, but are less greasy and more brittle. Naturally occurring animal and plant waxes are esters of saturated fatty acids and alcohols of high molecular weight, including sterols. Waxes are also manufactured synthetically from petroleum, and are used to make polishers, lubricants, coatings, waterproofing, crayons, candles, and many other products.

wax  /wks/  n. [U] 1 a soft, flexible, slightly greasy substance used in candles, furniture, and car polish, etc.: Some wax comes from bees. 2 an increase (said of the moon): The moon is on the wax now.
v. waxes 1 [T] to apply wax or polish to: I waxed the table this morning. 2 [I] to grow, (syn.) to increase: We see more of the moon as it waxes. wax

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