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Thursday, May 27, 2010

waxing

\WAK-sing\ , verb;
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.
Quotes:
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:
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."
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