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Wax meaning

wax - 16 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 3. Hence, any substance resembling beeswax in consistency or appearance.
  4. 4. Cerumen, or earwax.
  5. 5. A waxlike composition used for uniting surfaces, for excluding air, and for other purposes; as, sealing wax, grafting wax, etching wax, etc.
  6. 6. A waxlike composition used by shoemakers for rubbing their thread.
  7. 7. A substance similar to beeswax, secreted by several species of scale insects, as the Chinese wax. See Wax insect, below.
  8. 8. A waxlike product secreted by certain plants. See Vegetable wax, under Vegetable.
  9. 9. Thick sirup made by boiling down the sap of the sugar maple, and then cooling.
  10. 10. To smear or rub with wax; to treat with wax; as, to wax a thread or a table.
  11. 11. To increase in size; to grow bigger; to become larger or fuller; - opposed to wane.
  12. 12. A substance similar to beeswax, secreted by several species of scale insects, as the Chinese wax. See insect, below.
  13. 13. A substance, somewhat resembling wax, found in connection with certain deposits of rock salt and coal; - called also mineral wax, and ozocerite.
  14. 14. A fat- like yellow substance produced by bees; resinous compound used to seal letters.
  15. 15. To increase; grow; become.
  16. 16. To rub with wax.

wax - examples of usage

  1. Tha's right- mess the sealin'- wax, waste the string, spoil anything you haven't got to pay for.
  2. If he had been born in luxury or grandeur it would have been softened like wax in the rays of the sun.
  3. Only the Speaker sat like a wax statue of himself, and glanced neither to the right nor to the left.
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