Complete Definition of "wax"

English
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Pronunciation
AHD|wăks, IPA|/wæks/, SAMPA|/w{ks/
audio|en-us-wax.ogg|Audio (US)
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-æks|-æks

Etymology 1
OE. wæx, from Germanic *waxsan, from Indo-European *u̯okso-. Cognate with Dutch was#Dutch|was, German Wachs, Norwegian voks; and with Lithuanian vaškas, Russian воск''.

Noun
en-noun|es

  1. Beeswax.
  2. Earwax.
  3. Any oily, water-resistant substance; normally long-chain hydrocarbons, alcohols or esters.
  4. Any preparation containing wax, used as a polish.
  5. A phonograph record.

Synonyms
italbrac|beeswax: beeswax
italbrac|earwax: cerumen (medical term), earwax
italbrac|polish: polish
italbrac|phonograph record: disc/disk, record

Derived terms
rel-top4|Terms derived from wax
ader wax
all wax and no wick
animal wax
anwax
baseplate wax
bayberry wax
beeswax
berry wax
bikini wax
bleached wax
blockout wax
bone wax
Born method of wax plate reconstruction
boxing wax
Brazil wax
Brazilian wax<!--two meanings-->
butter of wax
California wax myrtle
candela wax
candelilla wax
candle wax
Carbowax
carding wax
carnauba wax
carving wax
car wax
casting wax
castor wax
ceresin wax
cetyl esters wax
chafe-wax, chafewax, chaff-wax, chaffwax
Chinese wax
close as wax
cobbler's wax, cobblers' wax
crystalline wax
cuticle wax
dental wax
dental inlay casting wax
dewax
earth wax, earthwax
ear wax, ear-wax, earwax
emulsifying wax
epilating wax
esparto wax
fig wax
Finnish yellow wax
fit like wax
floor wax
fossil wax
French wax<!--beauty treatment-->
full up to dolly's wax
Geraldton wax
ghedda wax
glide wax
glitterwax
gondang wax
grafting wax
grave wax, grave-wax
greater wax moth
green wax, greenwax
grip wax
hair wax
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hard wax
hot wax
hot-wax flooding
hot Hungarian wax pepper
Hungarian wax pepper
inlay casting wax
inlay casting wax, inlay pattern wax, inlay wax
insect wax
Japanese wax
Japan wax
keratin wax
kick wax
klister wax
lac wax
lad of wax, lad o' wax
lesser wax moth
lost wax
man of wax
medewax, medwax
microcrystalline wax
mind your beeswax, mind your own beeswax
mineral wax
modeling wax, modelling wax
montan wax
mortuary wax
moustache wax
myrtle wax
neat as wax
none of your beeswax
nose of wax
ouricury wax
Pacific wax myrtle
palm wax
paraffin wax, paraffin-wax
Parowax
peat wax
penetrating stain wax
petroleum wax
pisang wax
plant wax
polen wax
put on wax
release wax
rice bran wax
rough wax
scale wax
sealing-wax, sealing wax
seal-wax, sealwax
set-up wax
shellac wax
shoemakers' wax
ski wax
slack wax
soybean wax, soy wax
spermaceti wax
stick to someone like wax
surfboard wax
surf wax
TE/WAX/RAD
thermal wax printer
tight as wax
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try-in wax
tubercle bacillus wax
unwax
utility wax
vegetable wax
virgin wax
walling wax
wax acid
wax alcohol
wax apple
wax bath
wax bean, waxbean
wax begonia
wax-berry, waxberry
wax-bill, waxbill
wax-billed
waxbird
wax bite
wax blockage
wax boot
wax-bred
wax-bush
wax-butter
wax candle
wax cap
wax-chandler
wax-chandlery, wax-chandry
wax cloth, wax-cloth, waxcloth
wax-cluster
wax-color, wax-colour
wax-comb
wax crayon
wax-creeper
wax-cup
wax cylinder
wax dip
wax doll
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wax emulsion
waxen
wax end, wax-end
wax engraving
wax expansion
waxey
wax-eye
wax-farthing
wax figure
wax flower, wax-flower, waxflower
wax form
wax-gland
wax gourd
wax-hair
waxhead
wax-house
waxie
wax injection
wax injector
wax insect, wax-insect
wax jack
wax jambu
wax lancing
wax lathe
waxleaf privet
rel-mid4
wax-leather
waxless skis
wax light, wax-light
wax-like, waxlike
wax-maker
wax-making
wax mallow, waxmallow
wax-man
wax model denture
wax-mold, wax-mould
wax moth, wax-moth
wax motor
wax museum
wax myrtle, wax-myrtle
wax-nose
wax-opal
wax painting, wax-painting
wax palm, wax-palm
wax paper, wax-paper
wax pattern
wax pear
wax pigment
wax-pine
wax-pink
wax plant, wax-plant, waxplant
wax play
wax pocket, wax-pocket
wax-pod bean
wax print
wax-proofed
wax-red
wax resist, wax-resist
wax ring
wax rose
wax-scot
wax shoe
wax-shot
wax-silver
wax size
wax stick
wax tablet
wax taper
wax test
wax-tipped bougie
wax tree, wax-tree
wax-type thermostat
wax vine
w:Waxweb|Waxweb
wax-weed
waxwing
wax wood
waxwork
wax-worker<!--has senses different from those of "waxworker"-->
wax-worm, waxworm
waxy
wax yellow
white wax
white wax tree
the whole ball of wax
wool wax
yellow wax
yellow wax pepper
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Translations
trans-top|beeswax
See beeswax
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trans-top|earwax
See earwax
trans-mid
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<!--Add translations here for "wax" in them main sense only-->
trans-top|oily, water-resistant substance
Bosnian: vosak m
Breton: koar m
Catalan: cera#Catalan|cera f
Croatian: vosak m
Danish: voks c
Dutch: was m
Erzya: шта (shta)
Esperanto: vakso
Finnish: vaha
French: cire f, fart#French|fart m (for skis)
German: Wachs n
Greek: κερί n
Icelandic: vax n
Indonesian: lilin, malam
Italian: cera#Italian|cera f
Japanese: 蝋 (ろう, rō)
trans-mid
Korean: 밀랍 [蜜蠟] (milrap)
Novial: vaxe
Old English: wæx
Old High German: wahs n
Persian: FAchar|موم (mum)
Polish: wosk m
Portuguese: cera#Portuguese|cera f
Romanian: ceară f
Russian: воск (vosk) m
Serbian:

Shuar: míkia
Slovene: vosek m
Spanish: cera#Spanish|cera f
Swedish: vax#Swedish|vax
Turkish: mum#Turkish|mum
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trans-top|preparation containing wax, used as a polish
trans-mid
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trans-top|phonograph record
trans-mid
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Translations to be checked
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ttbc|Telugu: మైనం (mainaM) (1,2); గులిమి (gulimi) (3)
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Image:Beeswax.jpg|thumb|Beeswax
Image:Earwax on swab.jpg|thumb|Earwax
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Adjective
en-adj-notcomp

  1. Made of wax.

Synonyms
waxen

Derived terms
See #Noun|under the noun section above

Translations
trans-top|made of wax
Breton: koar
Dutch: wassen
Esperanto: vaksa
Finnish: vaha|vaha-; vahasta tehty
French: de cire
German: wächsern, Wachs-
trans-mid
Italian: di cera
Polish: woskowy m, woskowa f, woskowe n
Romanian: de ceară
Slovene: voščen m, voščena f, voščeno n
Spanish: de cera
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Verb
en-verb|wax|es

  1. transitive To apply wax to (something, such as a shoe, a floor, a car or an apple), usually to make it shiny.
  2. transitive 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.

Synonyms
italbrac|apply wax to: polish

Derived terms
waxed
waxen
waxer
waxing
wax up

Translations
trans-top|apply wax to
Breton: koarañ
Danish: vokse
Dutch: wassen, was aanbrengen, met was insmeren
Finnish: vahata
trans-mid
French: cirer
German: wichsen italbrac|shoes, bohnern italbrac|floor wachsen
Polish: woskować
Romanian: cera#Romanian|cera
Slovene: voskati
Spanish: encerar
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trans-top|remove hair from
trans-mid
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Translations to be checked
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ttbc|Esperanto: vaksi?

Etymology 2
OE. weaxan, from Germanic *waxsan, from Indo-European *u̯egs-. Cognate with Dutch wassen, German wachsen, Swedish växa; and with Greek ἀέξειν, Latin auxilium.

Verb
en-verb|waxes|waxing|waxed or (rare) wex|waxed or waxen, archaic third-person singular simple present waxeth

  1. context|intransitive|literary To grow.
  2. context|intransitive|of the moon To appear larger each night as it goes from being a new moon to a full moon.
  3. intransitive To become.

#: to wax lyrical

Quotations
1602 : s:Hamlet|Hamlet by w:William Shakespeare|William Shakespeare, act 1 scene 3 lines 11-12-13-14

Antonyms
(grow): wane
(of the moon): wane

Derived terms
<!--Terms derived from the verb in the senses given above-->
outwaxing
over-wax, overwax<!--sic: from the sense "to grow", not "to cover with wax"-->
thorough-wax, thoroughwax, thorow-wax
through-waxen
unwax<!--sic-->
wax and wane
waxen<!--sic-->
wax forth
wax in age
wax in eld
waxing
wax lyrical
wax to man's estate

Related terms
forthwax
forwax
packwax, paxwax, paxwaxy
taxwax
woadwaxen, woad-waxen, wood-wax, wood-waxen, woodwax, woodwaxen

Translations
trans-top|literary: grow
French: croître
German: wachsen
trans-mid
Italian: crescere
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trans-top|of the moon: appear larger each night
French: croître
German: zunehmen
trans-mid
Italian: crescere
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trans-top|become
French: devenir
German: werden
trans-mid
Italian: diventare, divenire
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Noun
en-noun|-

  1. rare The process of growing.

Derived terms
wax-kernel
waxless<!--sic-->

w:en:Wax|Wikipedia article on wax

Etymology 3
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Noun
en-noun|wax|es

  1. An outburst of anger.

Derived terms
waxy<!--sic-->

See also
waxen-kernel
waxloke

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