(1) Any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water
Go up or advance
"Sales were climbing after prices were lowered"
Increase in phase
"The moon is waxing"
Cover with wax
"Wax the car"
, from *waxsan
, from . Cognate with Dutch , German , Norwegian ; and with Lithuanian , Russian
- Any oily, water-resistant substance; normally long-chain hydrocarbons, alcohols or esters.
- Any preparation containing wax, used as a polish.
- A phonograph record.
cerumen , earwax polish disc
- To apply wax to (something, such as a shoe, a floor, a car or an apple), usually to make it shiny.
- 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.
, from *waxsan
, from . Cognate with Old Norse (Danish (spelling before the writing reform of 1948: ), Norwegian , Swedish ), German , Dutch , Gothic ; and with Ancient Greek , Latin auxilium
. It is in its turn cognate with augeo. See eke.
- To increasingly assume the specified characteristic.
- to wax lyrical; to wax eloquent
- To grow.
- 1602, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, act 1, sc. 3, lines 11-14,
- For nature, crescent, does not grow alone / In thews and bulks, but, as this temple waxes, / The inward service of the mind and soul / Grows wide withal.
- To appear larger each night as a progression from a new moon to a full moon.
- Older forms of the verb are waxeth and waxen .
- packwax, paxwax, paxwaxy
- woadwaxen, woad-waxen, wood-wax, wood-waxen, woodwax, woodwaxen