wax

1
[ waks ]
/ wæks /

noun

verb (used with object)

adjective

pertaining to, made of, or resembling wax: a wax candle; a wax doll.

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Idioms for wax

    whole ball of wax, Slang.
    1. the entire or overall plan, concept, action, result, or the like: The first ten minutes of the meeting will determine the whole ball of wax.
    2. everything of a similar or related nature: They sold us skis, boots, bindings, poles—the whole ball of wax.

Origin of wax

1
before 900; (noun) Middle English wex, waxe, Old English weax; cognate with Dutch was, German Wachs, Old Norse vax; (v.) Middle English wexen, derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM wax

wax·a·ble, adjectivewax·like, adjective

Definition for wax (2 of 3)

wax2
[ waks ]
/ wæks /

verb (used without object), waxed; waxed or (Literary) wax·en; wax·ing.

to increase in extent, quantity, intensity, power, etc.: Discord waxed at an alarming rate.
(of the moon) to increase in the extent of its illuminated portion before the full moon.Compare wane(def 4).
to grow or become: He waxed angry at the insinuation.

Origin of wax

2
before 900; Middle English waxen, Old English weaxan; cognate with German wachsen; akin to waist

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wax

wane wax

Definition for wax (3 of 3)

wax3
[ waks ]
/ wæks /

noun Chiefly British.

a fit of anger; rage.

Origin of wax

3
First recorded in 1850–55; perhaps special use of wax2
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British Dictionary definitions for wax (1 of 3)

wax1
/ (wæks) /

noun

verb

(tr) to coat, polish, etc, with wax
to remove (body hair) by means of a wax treatment

Derived forms of wax

waxer, nounwaxlike, adjective

Word Origin for wax

Old English weax, related to Old Saxon, Old High German wahs, Old Norse vax

British Dictionary definitions for wax (2 of 3)

wax2
/ (wæks) /

verb (intr)

to become larger, more powerful, etc
(of the moon) to show a gradually increasing portion of illuminated surface, between new moon and full moonCompare wane (def. 1)
archaic to become as specifiedthe time waxed late

Word Origin for wax

Old English weaxan; related to Old Frisian waxa, Old Saxon, Old High German wahsan, Gothic wahsjan

British Dictionary definitions for wax (3 of 3)

wax3
/ (wæks) /

noun

British informal, old-fashioned a fit of rage or temperhe's in a wax today

Word Origin for wax

of obscure origin; perhaps from the phrase to wax angry
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Medical definitions for wax

wax
[ wăks ]

n.

Any of various natural, oily or greasy heat-sensitive substances, consisting of hydrocarbons or esters of fatty acids that are insoluble in water but soluble in most organic solvents.
Cerumen.
A solid plastic or pliable liquid substance, such as paraffin, originating from petroleum and found in rock layers and often used in medicinal preparations.
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Scientific definitions for wax

wax
[ wăks ]

Any of various solid, usually yellow substances that melt or soften easily when heated. They are similar to fats, but are less greasy and more brittle. Naturally occurring animal and plant waxes are esters of saturated fatty acids and alcohols of high molecular weight, including sterols. Waxes are also manufactured synthetically from petroleum, and are used to make polishers, lubricants, coatings, waterproofing, crayons, candles, and many other products.
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Idioms and Phrases with wax

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