Results for: wax
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]
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 
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/ 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.