Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

Word of the Day
Thursday, May 27, 2010

Definitions for waxing

  1. To increase in extent, quantity, intensity or power.
  2. (Of the moon) to increase in the extent of its illuminated portion before the full moon.
  3. To grow or become.

Learn something
new every day


GET OUR


Thank youfor signing up
Get the Word of the Day Email
Citations for waxing
We move into the waxing moontime of our lives with an enthusiastic impatience for life beyond the family. Nancy VanArsdall, Coming Full Circle: Honoring the Rhythms of Relationships
New York spot gold prices softened a bit Friday afternoon after showing strength earlier in the day, waxing and waning amid the mix of positive domestic news and uncertainties over Europe's expensive debt rescue plan. , "Spot Gold Prices: Waxing and Waning", TheStreet.com
Origin of waxing
late Middle English
1400-1450
Waxing often refers specifically to the moon (the increase in the size of its illuminated portion prior to the full moon), but is often put to general use. Often paired with wane, "to decrease in intensity."