|1.||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.||any of various similar substances, such as paraffin wax or ozocerite, that have a mineral origin and consist largely of hydrocarbons|
|3.||beeswax short for sealing wax|
|4.||physiol another name for cerumen|
|5.||a resinous preparation used by shoemakers to rub on thread|
|6.||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.||the act or an instance of removing body hair by coating it with warm wax, applying a strip of fabric, and then removing the fabric sharply, thereby plucking the hairs out by their roots|
|10.||(tr) to coat, polish, etc, with wax|
|11.||to remove (body hair) by means of a wax treatment|
|[Old English weax, related to Old Saxon, Old High German wahs, Old Norse vax]|
|1.||to become larger, more powerful, etc|
|2.||Compare wane (of the moon) to show a gradually increasing portion of illuminated surface, between new moon and full moon|
|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]|
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 most organic solvents.
A solid plastic or pliable liquid substance, such as paraffin, originating from petroleum and found in rock layers and often used in medicinal preparations.
|wax (wāks) Pronunciation Key
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.
Made by melting the combs of bees. Mentioned (Ps. 22:14; 68:2; 97:5; Micah 1:4) in illustration.