lost-wax process

[lawst-waks, lost-]

noun Metallurgy.

a process of investment casting in which a refractory mold is built up around a pattern of wax and then baked so as to melt and drain off the wax.

Nearby words

  1. lost property,
  2. lost river,
  3. lost river range,
  4. lost tribes,
  5. lost tribes of israel,
  6. lot,
  7. lot's wife,
  8. lot-et-garonne,
  9. lot.,
  10. lota

Origin of lost-wax process

1930–35; translation of French cire perdue

Also called cire perdue.

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