Wax meaning

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Wax is a sticky substance that is made from honeycomb or any substance with a similar feel.

An example of wax is the substance produced by a burning candle.

An example of wax is what you clean out of your ears with a cotton swab.

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To wax is to polish something using a special substance designed for shining or protecting or to remove unwanted hair by applying a warmed sticky substance to it and then using paper to pull off the hairs that stick to the substance.

An example of wax is when you apply polish to the floor or to your car.

An example of wax is when you remove unwanted eyebrow hair by pulling it out.

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Made of wax.

A wax candle.

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A fit of anger.
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(rare) The process of growing.
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A resinous mixture used by shoemakers to rub on thread.
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A cosmetic procedure in which facial or body hair is removed by peeling away a layer of wax that has been allowed to harden.
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To coat, treat, or polish with wax.
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To increase gradually in size, number, strength, or intensity.
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To show a progressively larger illuminated area, as the moon does in passing from new to full.
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A plastic, dull-yellow substance secreted by bees for building cells; beeswax: it is hard when cold and easily molded when warm, melts at c. 64.4°C (c. 148°F), cannot be dissolved in water, and is used for candles, modeling, etc.
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Any plastic substance like this.
  • Paraffin.
  • A waxlike substance exuded by the ears; earwax; cerumen.
  • A waxy substance produced by scale insects.
  • Any waxlike substance yielded by plants or animals.
  • A resinous substance used by shoemakers to rub on thread.
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Any of a group of substances with a waxy appearance made up variously of esters, fatty acids, free alcohols, and solid hydrocarbons.
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The phonograph record as a recording medium.
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To rub, polish, cover, smear, or treat with wax.
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To remove unwanted hair from (the body) by applying and removing a hot waxy substance.
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To make a phonograph recording of.
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Made of wax.
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To grow gradually larger, more numerous, etc.; increase in strength, intensity, volume, etc.
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A fit of anger or temper; a rage.
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A cosmetic procedure in which facial or body hair is removed by peeling away a layer of wax that has been allowed to harden.
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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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What rôle does the wax in your earhole fulfill?

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Any oily, water-resistant substance; normally long-chain hydrocarbons, alcohols or esters.
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Any preparation containing wax, used as a polish.
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(US, dialect) A thick syrup made by boiling down the sap of the sugar maple and then cooling it.
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Made of wax.
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To apply wax to (something, such as a shoe, a floor, a car, or an apple), usually to make it shiny.
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To remove hair at the roots from (a part of the body) by coating the skin with a film of wax that is then pulled away sharply.
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(informal) To defeat utterly.
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(slang) To kill, especially to murder a person.
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(archaic, usually of a musical or oral performance) To record. [from 1900]
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(intransitive, with adjective) To increasingly assume the specified characteristic, become.

To wax lyrical; to wax eloquent, to wax wode.

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(intransitive, literary) To grow.
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(intransitive, of the moon) To appear larger each night as a progression from a new moon to a full moon.
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(dated, colloquial) An outburst of anger.
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  • In the medium of phonograph recordings.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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Origin of wax

  • Middle English waxen from Old English weaxan aug- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from wax (as in archaic to wax angry to grow angry)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English weax

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English waxen, from Old English weaxan (“to wax, grow, be fruitful, increase, become powerful, flourish"), from Proto-Germanic *wahsijanÄ… (“to grow"), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚weg-, *weks-, *aweks-, *auks- (“to grow, increase"). Cognate with Scots wax (“to grow"), West Frisian waakse (“to grow"), Low German wassen, Dutch wassen (“to grow"), German wachsen (“to grow"), Danish and Norwegian vokse (“to grow"), Swedish växa (“to grow"), Icelandic vaxa (“to grow"), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌷𐍃𐌾𐌰𐌽 (wahsjan, “to grow"); and with Ancient Greek ἀέξειν (aeksein), Latin auxilium. It is in its turn cognate with augeo. See eke.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English wæx, from Proto-Germanic *wahsÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *wokso-. Cognate with Dutch was, German Wachs, Norwegian voks; and with Lithuanian vaÅ¡kas, Russian воск (vosk)

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin uncertain; probably from phrases like to wax angry, wax wode, and similar (see Etymology 2, above).

    From Wiktionary