Webster 1913 Edition
p. pr. & vb. n.
weaxan; akin to OFries.
wassen, OS. & OHG.
wahsjan, Gr. [GREEK] to increase, Skr.
uksh, to grow. √135. Cf.
To increase in size; to grow bigger; to become larger or fuller; – opposed to wane.
waxingand the waning of the moon.
Truth’s treasures . . . never shall
To pass from one state to another; to become; to grow;
waxwarmer or colder; to
waxworse and worse.
Your clothes are not
waxenold upon you.
Deut. xxix. 5.
Where young Adonis oft reposes,
Waxingwell of his deep wound.
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.
weax; akin to OFries.
wahs, Icel. & Sw.
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.
☞ Beeswax consists essentially of cerotic acid (constituting the more soluble part) and of myricyl palmitate (constituting the less soluble part).
Hence, any substance resembling beeswax in consistency or appearance.Specifically: –
Cerumen, or earwax.See
A waxlike composition used for uniting surfaces, for excluding air, and for other purposes;
A waxlike composition used by shoemakers for rubbing their thread.
A substance similar to beeswax, secreted by several species of scale insects, as the Chinese wax. See
Wax insect, below.
A waxlike product secreted by certain plants. See
Vegetable wax, under
A substance, somewhat resembling wax, found in connection with certain deposits of rock salt and coal; – called also mineral wax, and ozocerite.
Thick sirup made by boiling down the sap of the sugar maple, and then cooling.
[Local U. S.]
a waxlike substance made in Japan from the berries of certain species of–
Waxed cloth, under
Waxed end, under
a flower made of, or resembling, wax.–
any one of several species of scale insects belonging to the family–
Coccidae, 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
a candle or taper of wax.–
a pyralid moth (–
Galleria cereana) whose larvae 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
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.–
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.
A Brazilian tree (–
Copernicia cerifera) the young leaves of which are covered with a useful waxy secretion.
paper prepared with a coating of white wax and other ingredients.–
a name given to several plants, as:
The Indian pipe (see under
Hoya carnosa, a climbing plant with polished, fleshy leaves.
Certain species of–
Begoniawith similar foliage.
A tree or shrub (
Ligustrum lucidum) of China, on which certain insects make a thick deposit of a substance resembling white wax.
A kind of sumac (
Rhus succedanea) of Japan, the berries of which yield a sort of wax.
A rubiaceous tree (–
Elaeagia utilis) of New Grenada, called by the inhabitants “arbol del cera.”
a dull yellow, resembling the natural color of beeswax.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To smear or rub with wax; to treat with wax;
waxa thread or a table
cloth covered with a coating of wax, used as a cover, of tables and for other purposes; – called also–
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
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A thick, viscid, tenacious substance, collected by bees, or excreted from their bodies, and employed in the construction of their cells; usually called bees wax. Its native color is yellow, but it is bleached for candles, &c.
2.A thick tenacious substance excreted in the ear.
3.A substance secreted by certain plants, forming a silvery powder on the leaves and fruit, as in the wax-palm and wax-myrtle.
4.A substance found on the hinder legs of bees, which is supposed to be their food.
5.A substance used in sealing letters; called sealing-wax, or Spanish wax. This is a composition of gum-lacca and resin, colored with some pigment.
6.A thick substance used by shoemakers for rubbing their thread.
1.To increase in size; to grow; to become larger; as the waxing and the waning moon.
2.To pass from one state to another; to become; as, to wax strong; to wax warm or cold; to wax feeble; to wax hot; to wax old; to wax worse and worse.