Origin of waxing
- Also called beeswax. a solid, yellowish, nonglycerine substance allied to fats and oils, secreted by bees, plastic when warm and melting at about 145°F, variously employed in making candles, models, casts, ointments, etc., and used by bees in constructing their honeycomb.
- any of various similar substances, as spermaceti or the secretions of certain insects and plants.Compare vegetable wax, wax insect.
- any of a group of substances composed of hydrocarbons, alcohols, fatty acids, and esters that are solid at ordinary temperatures.
- cerumen; earwax.
- a resinous substance used by shoemakers for rubbing thread.
- sealing wax.
- a person or object suggesting wax, as in manageability or malleability: I am helpless wax in your hands.
- to rub, smear, stiffen, polish, etc., with wax: to wax the floor.
- to fill the crevices of (ornamental marble) with colored material.
- bikini wax.
- Informal. to make a phonograph recording of.
- Slang. to defeat decisively; drub: We waxed the competition.
- pertaining to, made of, or resembling wax: a wax candle; a wax doll.
- whole ball of wax, Slang.
- 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.
- everything of a similar or related nature: They sold us skis, boots, bindings, poles—the whole ball of wax.
Origin of wax1
- 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 wax2
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Examples from the Web for waxing
Half of our music and all of our dancing is just about worshipping, praising, staring at and waxing poetic about the human ass.Kim Kardashian Bares Her Shiny, Bounteous Butt, Breaks the Internet
November 12, 2014
I've seen what happens at too many companies who decide that their sales team is waxing a little too fat on all those commissions.The Economics of Puppy Management
February 22, 2013
Waxing (and Waning): Enthusiasm is up overall among Republicans and down among Democratic voters in 2012.Hurricane Sandy, Women, Momentum & More Keys to a Romney Victory
October 29, 2012
In London, the Strip: Ministry of Waxing reports that one out of every three male customers requests a “Boyzilian.”Why 'Manscaping' Isn't Just for Porn Stars Anymore
December 29, 2011
Rose is 69 and was waxing enthusiastic about interviewing Ehud Barak and Umberto Eco.CBS's Morning-Show Gamble With Charlie Rose and Gayle King
November 16, 2011
For, the power of the mother having waned, the power of the neighbour is waxing.A Dish Of Orts
Now sun and moon begin to mingle: waning and waxing splendors.Italy, the Magic Land
"It's been a bad business all round," he went on, waxing confidential as he was prone to do.Peak and Prairie
And this is the reason for the waxing and waning of the moon.
"Then she ought to keep to her own proper sphere," said I, waxing hot.Paul Patoff
F. Marion Crawford
- any of various viscous or solid materials of natural origin: characteristically lustrous, insoluble in water, and having a low softening temperature, they consist largely of esters of fatty acids
- any of various similar substances, such as paraffin wax or ozocerite, that have a mineral origin and consist largely of hydrocarbons
- short for beeswax, sealing wax
- physiol another name for cerumen
- a resinous preparation used by shoemakers to rub on thread
- bone wax a mixture of wax, oil, and carbolic acid applied to the cut surface of a bone to prevent bleeding
- any substance or object that is pliable or easily mouldedhe was wax in the hands of the political bosses
- (modifier) made of or resembling waxa wax figure
- the act or an instance of removing body hair by coating it with warm wax, applying a strip of fabric, and then removing the fabric sharply, thereby plucking the hairs out by their roots
- (tr) to coat, polish, etc, with wax
- to remove (body hair) by means of a wax treatment
- 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
- British informal, old-fashioned a fit of rage or temperhe's in a wax today
Word Origin and History for waxing
"substance made by bees," Old English weax, from Proto-Germanic *wakhsan (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German wahs, Old Norse vax, Dutch was, German Wachs); cognate with Old Church Slavonic vasku, Lithuanian vaškas, Polish wosk, Russian vosk "wax" (but these may be from Germanic). Waxworks "exhibition of wax figures representing famous or notorious persons" first recorded 1796.
"grow bigger or greater," Old English weaxan "to increase, grow" (class VII strong verb; past tense weox, past participle weaxen), from Proto-Germanic *wakhsan (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German wahsan, Old Norse vaxa, Old Frisian waxa, Dutch wassen, German wachsen, Gothic wahsjan "to grow, increase"), from PIE *wegs- (cf. Sanskrit vaksayati "cause to grow," Greek auxein "to increase"), extended form of root *aug- "to increase" (see augment). Strong conjugation archaic after 14c. Related: Waxed; waxing.
- The shaping of the contours of a trial denture or crown in wax prior to its casting in metal.
- 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.
- A solid plastic or pliable liquid substance, such as paraffin, originating from petroleum and found in rock layers and often used in medicinal preparations.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with waxing
In addition to the idiom beginning with wax
- wax and wane
- whole ball of wax