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Meaning of WAX

Pronunciation:  waks

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water
  2. [v]  go up or advance; "Sales were climbing after prices were lowered"
  3. [v]  increase in phase; "the moon is waxing"
  4. [v]  cover with wax; "wax the car"

WAX is a 3 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: climb, full, mount, rise
 Antonyms: wane
 See Also: advance, bayberry tallow, bayberry wax, beeswax, beeswax, candelilla wax, carnauba, carnauba wax, ceresin, cerumen, cover, earwax, fig wax, floor wax, gain, gondang wax, increase, Japan tallow, Japan wax, jump, lac wax, lipid, lipide, lipoid, montan wax, paraffin, paraffin scale, paraffin wax, pisang wax, scale wax, shellac wax, ski wax, spermaceti, vegetable wax



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wax\, v. i. [imp. {Waxed}; p. p. {Waxed}, and Obs. or
    Poetic {Waxen}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Waxing}.] [AS. weaxan; akin
    to OFries. waxa, D. wassen, OS. & OHG. wahsan, G. wachsen,
    Icel. vaxa, Sw. v["a]xa, Dan. voxe, Goth. wahsjan, Gr. ? to
    increase, Skr. waksh, uksh, to grow. ???. Cf. {Waist}.]
    1. To increase in size; to grow bigger; to become larger or
       fuller; -- opposed to wane.
             The waxing and the waning of the moon. --Hakewill.
             Truth's treasures . . . never shall wax ne wane.
                                                   --P. Plowman.
    2. 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.
             Your clothes are not waxen old upon you. --Deut.
                                                   xxix. 5.
             Where young Adonis oft reposes, Waxing well of his
             deep wound.                           --Milton.
    {Waxing kernels} (Med.), small tumors formed by the
       enlargement of the lymphatic glands, especially in the
       groins of children; -- popularly so called, because
       supposed to be caused by growth of the body. --Dunglison.
  2. \Wax\, n. [AS. weax; akin to OFries. wax, D. was, G. wachs,
    OHG. wahs, Icel. & Sw. vax, Dan. vox, Lith. vaszkas, Russ.
    1. 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.
    Note: Beeswax consists essentially of cerotic acid
          (constituting the more soluble part) and of myricyl
          palmitate (constituting the less soluble part).
    2. Hence, any substance resembling beeswax in consistency or
       appearance. Specifically:
       (a) (Physiol.) Cerumen, or earwax. See {Cerumen}.
       (b) A waxlike composition used for uniting surfaces, for
           excluding air, and for other purposes; as, sealing
           wax, grafting wax, etching wax, etc.
       (c) A waxlike composition used by shoemakers for rubbing
           their thread.
       (d) (Zo["o]l.) A substance similar to beeswax, secreted by
           several species of scale insects, as the Chinese wax.
           See {Wax insect}, below.
       (e) (Bot.) A waxlike product secreted by certain plants.
           See {Vegetable wax}, under {Vegetable}.
       (f) (Min.) A substance, somewhat resembling wax, found in
           connection with certain deposits of rock salt and
           coal; -- called also mineral wax, and ozocerite.
       (g) Thick sirup made by boiling down the sap of the sugar
           maple, and then cooling. [Local U. S.]
    {Japanese wax}, a waxlike substance made in Japan from the
       berries of certain species of {Rhus}, esp. {R.
    {Mineral wax}. (Min.) See {Wax}, 2
       (f), above.
    {Wax cloth}. See {Waxed cloth}, under {Waxed}.
    {Wax end}. See {Waxed end}, under {Waxed}.
    {Wax flower}, a flower made of, or resembling, wax.
    {Wax insect} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of scale
       insects belonging to the family {Coccid[ae]}, which
       secrete from their bodies a waxlike substance, especially
       the Chinese wax insect ({Coccus Sinensis}) from which a
       large amount of the commercial Chinese wax is obtained.
       Called also {pela}.
    {Wax light}, a candle or taper of wax.
    {Wax moth} (Zo["o]l.), a pyralid moth ({Galleria cereana})
       whose larv[ae] feed upon honeycomb, and construct silken
       galleries among the fragments. The moth has dusky gray
       wings streaked with brown near the outer edge. The larva
       is yellowish white with brownish dots. Called also {bee
    {Wax myrtle}. (Bot.) See {Bayberry}.
    {Wax painting}, a kind of painting practiced by the ancients,
       under the name of encaustic. The pigments were ground with
       wax, and diluted. After being applied, the wax was melted
       with hot irons and the color thus fixed.
    {Wax palm}. (Bot.)
       (a) A species of palm ({Ceroxylon Andicola}) native of the
           Andes, the stem of which is covered with a secretion,
           consisting of two thirds resin and one third wax,
           which, when melted with a third of fat, makes
           excellent candles.
       (b) A Brazilian tree ({Copernicia cerifera}) the young
           leaves of which are covered with a useful waxy
    {Wax paper}, paper prepared with a coating of white wax and
       other ingredients.
    {Wax plant} (Bot.), a name given to several plants, as:
       (a) The Indian pipe (see under {Indian}).
       (b) The {Hoya carnosa}, a climbing plant with polished,
           fleshy leaves.
       (c) Certain species of {Begonia} with similar foliage.
    {Wax tree} (Bot.)
       (a) A tree or shrub ({Ligustrum lucidum}) of China, on
           which certain insects make a thick deposit of a
           substance resembling white wax.
       (b) A kind of sumac ({Rhus succedanea}) of Japan, the
           berries of which yield a sort of wax.
       (c) A rubiaceous tree ({El[ae]agia utilis}) of New
           Grenada, called by the inhabitants ``arbol del cera.''
    {Wax yellow}, a dull yellow, resembling the natural color of
  3. \Wax\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Waxed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To smear or rub with wax; to treat with wax; as, to wax a
    thread or a table.
    {Waxed cloth}, cloth covered with a coating of wax, used as a
       cover, of tables and for other purposes; -- called also
       {wax cloth}.
    {Waxed end}, a thread pointed with a bristle and covered with
       shoemaker's wax, used in sewing leather, as for boots,
       shoes, and the like; -- called also {wax end}. --Brockett.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: High-molecular-weight hydrocarbons; they are insoluble in water.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing wax in your dream indicates that there is too much activity going on in your life. You may need to slow down and take a breather. Alternatively, it may symbolize the passage of time that has long passed. Seeing dripping wax in your dream, represents your hidden passionate emotions.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Made by melting the combs of bees. Mentioned (Ps. 22:14; 68:2; 97:5; Micah 1:4) in illustration.