Definitions of wax

  1. go up or advance; " Sales were climbing after prices were lowered"
  2. cover with wax; " wax the car"
  3. any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water
  4. increase in phase; " the moon is waxing"
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Hence, any substance resembling beeswax in consistency or appearance.
  8. Cerumen, or earwax.
  9. A waxlike composition used for uniting surfaces, for excluding air, and for other purposes; as, sealing wax, grafting wax, etching wax, etc.
  10. A waxlike composition used by shoemakers for rubbing their thread.
  11. A substance similar to beeswax, secreted by several species of scale insects, as the Chinese wax. See Wax insect, below.
  12. A waxlike product secreted by certain plants. See Vegetable wax, under Vegetable.
  13. Thick sirup made by boiling down the sap of the sugar maple, and then cooling.
  14. To smear or rub with wax; to treat with wax; as, to wax a thread or a table.
  15. To increase in size; to grow bigger; to become larger or fuller; - opposed to wane.
  16. A substance similar to beeswax, secreted by several species of scale insects, as the Chinese wax. See insect, below.
  17. A substance, somewhat resembling wax, found in connection with certain deposits of rock salt and coal; - called also mineral wax, and ozocerite.
  18. The secretion of bees from which they build their comb; any substance like beeswax.
  19. To rub with beeswax.
  20. To increase in size; to grow.
  21. A fat- like yellow substance produced by bees, and used by them in making their cells: any substance like it, as that in the ear: the substance used to seal letters: that used by shoemakers to rub their thread.
  22. To smear or rub with wax.
  23. WAXEN.
  24. To grow or increase, esp. of the moon, as opp. to wane: to pass into another state.
  25. A fat- like yellow substance produced by bees; resinous compound used to seal letters.
  26. To increase; grow; become.
  27. To rub with wax.
  28. To coat or treat with wax.
  29. A fatty solid substance of animal, vegetable, or mineral origin.
  30. To become larger gradually; grow.
  31. A thick, viscid, tenacious substance, excreted by bees, and employed in the construction of their cells; a thick tenacious substance excreted in the ear; a substance secreted by certain plants, forming a silvery powder on the leaves and fruit; a substance used in sealing letters, called sealing- wax; a thick substance used by shoemakers for rubbing their thread.
  32. The substance collected and employed by bees in the construction of their cells- also bees- wax, a substance found on the leaves and fruit of certain plants; any substance resembling wax.
  33. To increase in size; to become larger; to pass from one state to another.
  34. A substance produced by bees and used in forming the honeycomb.

Usage examples for wax

  1. You see that the wax I put in it has become fluid, and there is a little smoke coming from it. – The Chemical History Of A Candle by Michael Faraday
  2. Another passage which Mr. Pope is pleased to be merry with, is in a speech of Violante's; Wax! – The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753),Vol. V. by Theophilus Cibber
  3. I have already contributed a part of this manuscript to " The Century" as one of its " Wax- papers." – Strange True Stories of Louisiana by George Washington Cable
  4. And why did the muscles of my body seem to melt like wax? – Aylwin by Theodore Watts-Dunton
  5. There were two or three sticks of sealing- wax and a seal. – The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  6. The vast twilight seemed to take the impress of her image like wax. – Romance by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  7. 198 Wax tree, the Japanese, ii. – The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II by A.E. Nordenskieold
  8. What is this on the wax? – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  9. Yes, and I also remember how long I thought it took to boil it down into the wax I was so fond of. – Uncle Robert's Geography (Uncle Robert's Visit, V.3) by Francis W. Parker and Nellie Lathrop Helm
  10. " And yet it is wax," answered Peter. – The Marvellous History of the Shadowless Man and The Cold Heart by Adelbert von Chamisso Wilhelm Hauff
  11. I'm not wax- I'm flesh and blood. – The Fugitive (Third Series Plays) by John Galsworthy
  12. I also taught them the art of making flowers in wax, which I had so lately learned myself. – Valerie by Frederick Marryat
  13. He's as close as wax. – The Freelands by John Galsworthy
  14. Whoever sent that note had seen mine, I am certain, and of course would use wax, as I did. – A Flock of Girls and Boys by Nora Perry
  15. It was done in wax, with human hair on the head. – Dave Darrin's Fourth Year at Annapolis by H. Irving Hancock
  16. But you must stick to me now like wax. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  17. Well, I mustn't keep old Wax- work waiting. – A Poached Peerage by William Magnay
  18. To my amazement the first person I met in the corridor was Betty- Betty, white as wax, with black rings round unnaturally shining eyes. – The Red Planet by William J. Locke
  19. Each day physicians came, gazed at the closed wax mouth, and murmured, " He is worse." – Imperial Purple by Edgar Saltus
  20. This design is made in the wax with a small knife. – The Bontoc Igorot by Albert Ernest Jenks