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WAX, n. [G., L.]

1. A thick, viscid, tenacious substance, collected by bees, or excreted from their bodies, and employed in the construction of their cells; usually called bees wax. Its native color is yellow, but it is bleached for candles, &c.

2. A thick tenacious substance excreted in the ear.

3. A substance secreted by certain plants, forming a silvery powder on the leaves and fruit, as in the wax-palm and wax-myrtle.

4. A substance found on the hinder legs of bees, which is supposed to be their food.

5. A substance used in sealing letters; called sealing-wax, or Spanish wax. This is a composition of gum-lacca and resin, colored with some pigment.

6. A thick substance used by shoemakers for rubbing their thread.

WAX, v.t. To smear or rub with wax; as, to wax, a thread or a table.

WAX, v.i. pret. waxed.; pp. waxed or waxen. [G., L., Gr.]

1. To increase in size; to grow; to become larger; as the waxing and the waning moon.

2. To pass from one state to another; to become; as, to wax strong; to wax warm or cold; to wax feeble; to wax hot; to wax old; to wax worse and worse.



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WAX, n. [G., L.]

1. A thick, viscid, tenacious substance, collected by bees, or excreted from their bodies, and employed in the construction of their cells; usually called bees wax. Its native color is yellow, but it is bleached for candles, &c.

2. A thick tenacious substance excreted in the ear.

3. A substance secreted by certain plants, forming a silvery powder on the leaves and fruit, as in the wax-palm and wax-myrtle.

4. A substance found on the hinder legs of bees, which is supposed to be their food.

5. A substance used in sealing letters; called sealing-wax, or Spanish wax. This is a composition of gum-lacca and resin, colored with some pigment.

6. A thick substance used by shoemakers for rubbing their thread.

WAX, v.t. To smear or rub with wax; as, to wax, a thread or a table.

WAX, v.i. pret. waxed.; pp. waxed or waxen. [G., L., Gr.]

1. To increase in size; to grow; to become larger; as the waxing and the waning moon.

2. To pass from one state to another; to become; as, to wax strong; to wax warm or cold; to wax feeble; to wax hot; to wax old; to wax worse and worse.

WAX, n. [Sax. wæx, wex; G. wachs; D. wasch; Sw. vax; Russ. vaksa; L. viscus, viscum.]

  1. A thick, viscid, tenacious substance, excreted by bees, from their bodies, and employed in the construction of their cells; usually called bees' wax. Its native color is yellow, but it is bleached for candles, &c.
  2. A thick tenacious substance excreted in the ear.
  3. A substance secreted by certain plants, forming a silvery powder on the leaves and fruit, as in the wax-palm and wax-myrtle. – Cyc.
  4. A substance found on the binder legs of bees, which is supposed to be their food.
  5. A substance used in sealing letters; called sealing-wax, or Spanish wax. This is a composition of lac and resin, colored with some pigment. – Cyc.
  6. A thick substance used by shoemakers for rubbing their thread.

WAX, v.i. [pret. waxed; pp. waxed or waxen. Sax. weaxan; G. wachsen; Sw. vaxa; allied probably to L. augeo, auxi, Gr. αεξω, and αυξω.]

  1. To increase in size; to grow; to become larger; as, the waxing and the waning moon. – Hakewill.
  2. To pass from one state to another; to become; as, to wax strong; to wax warm or cold; to wax feeble; to wax hot; to wax old; to wax worse and worse. – Scripture.

WAX, v.t.

To smear or rub with wax; as, to wax a thread or a table.


Wax
  1. To increase in size; to grow bigger; to become larger or fuller; -- opposed to wane.

    The waxing and the waning of the moon. Hakewill.

    Truth's treasures . . . never shall wax ne wane. P. Plowman.

  2. A fatty, solid substance, produced by bees, and employed by them in the construction of their comb] -- usually called beeswax. It is first excreted, from a row of pouches along their sides, in the form of scales, which, being masticated and mixed with saliva, become whitened and tenacious. Its natural color is pale or dull yellow.

    * Beeswax consists essentially of cerotic acid (constituting the more soluble part) and of myricyl palmitate (constituting the less soluble part).

  3. To smear or rub with wax] to treat with wax; as, to wax a thread or a table.

    Waxed cloth, cloth covered with a coating of wax, used as a cover, of tables and for other purposes; -- called also wax cloth. -- Waxed end, a thread pointed with a bristle and covered with shoemaker's wax, used in sewing leather, as for boots, shoes, and the like; -- called also wax end. Brockett.

  4. To pass from one state to another; to become; to grow; as, to wax strong; to wax warmer or colder; to wax feeble; to wax old; to wax worse and worse.

    Your clothes are not waxen old upon you. Deut. xxix. 5.

    Where young Adonis oft reposes,
    Waxing well of his deep wound.
    Milton.

    Waxing kernels (Med.), small tumors formed by the enlargement of the lymphatic glands, especially in the groins of children; -- popularly so called, because supposed to be caused by growth of the body. Dunglison.

  5. Hence, any substance resembling beeswax in consistency or appearance.

    Specifically: --

    (a) (Physiol.)

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Wax

WAX, noun [G., Latin ]

1. A thick, viscid, tenacious substance, collected by bees, or excreted from their bodies, and employed in the construction of their cells; usually called bees wax Its native color is yellow, but it is bleached for candles, etc.

2. A thick tenacious substance excreted in the ear.

3. A substance secreted by certain plants, forming a silvery powder on the leaves and fruit, as in the wax-palm and wax-myrtle.

4. A substance found on the hinder legs of bees, which is supposed to be their food.

5. A substance used in sealing letters; called sealing-wax, or Spanish wax This is a composition of gum-lacca and resin, colored with some pigment.

6. A thick substance used by shoemakers for rubbing their thread.

WAX, verb transitive To smear or rub with wax; as, to wax a thread or a table.

WAX, verb intransitive preterit tense waxed.; participle passive waxed or waxen. [G., Latin , Gr.]

1. To increase in size; to grow; to become larger; as the waxing and the waning moon.

2. To pass from one state to another; to become; as, to wax strong; to wax warm or cold; to wax feeble; to wax hot; to wax old; to wax worse and worse.

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