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1 [waks]
Also called beeswax. a solid, yellowish, nonglycerine substance allied to fats and oils, secreted by bees, plastic when warm and melting at about 145°F, variously employed in making candles, models, casts, ointments, etc., and used by bees in constructing their honeycomb.
any of various similar substances, as spermaceti or the secretions of certain insects and plants. Compare vegetable wax, wax insect.
any of a group of substances composed of hydrocarbons, alcohols, fatty acids, and esters that are solid at ordinary temperatures.
cerumen; earwax.
a resinous substance used by shoemakers for rubbing thread.
a person or object suggesting wax, as in manageability or malleability: I am helpless wax in your hands.
verb (used with object)
to rub, smear, stiffen, polish, etc., with wax: to wax the floor.
to fill the crevices of (ornamental marble) with colored material.
Informal. to make a phonograph recording of.
Slang. to defeat decisively; drub: We waxed the competition.
pertaining to, made of, or resembling wax: a wax candle; a wax doll.
whole ball of wax, Slang.
the entire or overall plan, concept, action, result, or the like: The first ten minutes of the meeting will determine the whole ball of wax.
everything of a similar or related nature: They sold us skis, boots, bindings, poles—the whole ball of wax.

before 900; (noun) Middle English wex, waxe, Old English weax; cognate with Dutch was, German Wachs, Old Norse vax; (v.) Middle English wexen, derivative of the noun

waxable, adjective
waxlike, adjective Unabridged
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wax1 (wæks)
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]

wax2 (wæks)
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]

wax3 (wæks)
informal, old-fashioned (Brit) a fit of rage or temper: he's in a wax today
[of obscure origin; perhaps from the phrase to wax angry]

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Word Origin & History

"substance made by bees," O.E. weax, from P.Gmc. *wakhsan (cf. O.S., O.H.G. wahs, O.N. vax, Du. was, Ger. Wachs); cognate with O.C.S. vasku, Lith. vakas, Pol. wosk, Rus. vosk "wax" (but these may be from Gmc.). Waxworks "exhibition of wax figures representing famous or notorious persons" first recorded

"grow bigger or greater," O.E. weaxan "to increase, grow" (class VII strong verb; past tense weox, pp. weaxen), from P.Gmc. *wakhsan (cf. O.S., O.H.G. wahsan, O.N. vaxa, O.Fris. waxa, Du. wassen, Ger. wachsen, Goth. wahsjan "to grow, increase"), from PIE *wegs- (cf. Skt. vaksayati "cause to grow," Gk.
auxein "to increase"), extended form of base *aug- "to increase" (see augment). Strong conjugation archaic after 14c.
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Medical Dictionary

wax (wāks)

  1. 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.

  2. Cerumen.

  3. A solid plastic or pliable liquid substance, such as paraffin, originating from petroleum and found in rock layers and often used in medicinal preparations.

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Science Dictionary
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.
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Bible Dictionary

Wax definition

Made by melting the combs of bees. Mentioned (Ps. 22:14; 68:2; 97:5; Micah 1:4) in illustration.

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