Walling wax


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Walling wax a composition of wax and tallow used by etchers and engravers to make a bank, or wall, round the edge of a plate, so as to form a trough for holding the acid used in etching, and the like.
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In literature:

But the rough wall of wax has in every case to be finished off, by being largely gnawed away on both sides.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
A hair wreath, also sheltered by glass, hung on the wall near another collection of wax flowers suitably framed.
"Lavender and Old Lace" by Myrtle Reed
But the rough wall of wax has in every case to be finished off, by being largely gnawed away on both sides.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
The woodwork of these rooms is white, the walls are cream, the floors are waxed.
"The House in Good Taste" by Elsie de Wolfe
Nine men, good warriors all, did Patroclus slay; then, waxing bolder, he tried to climb the very walls of Troy.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
I hope in heaven the walls of our Projectile won't melt like wax!
"All Around the Moon" by Jules Verne
The tunnel in the wall was stopped with blankets, and wax candles were lighted everywhere.
"The Lady of Fort St. John" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
The next day a great altar was erected outside the walls of the castle, gay with banners and wax lights.
"Under Drake's Flag" by G. A. Henty
Abstractions are not cloaks, nor wax figures, nor walls, nor vessels, and life doesn't flow like water.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
There were sconces on the walls, and a crystal chandelier for wax candles was suspended from the centre of the ceiling above the table.
"The Hand in the Dark" by Arthur J. Rees
But the grey and time-honoured walls waxed aged as they beheld generation after generation consigned to dust beneath their shelter.
"The Art of Needle-work, from the Earliest Ages, 3rd ed." by Elizabeth Stone
They clung to the walls and to each other and made wax.
"Among the Forest People" by Clara Dillingham Pierson
Remove the walling wax, clean off the varnish with chloroform or turpentine, or alcohol first, and chloroform last.
"Photogravure" by Henry R. Blaney
She stood against the wall like a wax statue.
"Winona of the Camp Fire" by Margaret Widdemer
Chinese lanterns bobbed on golden wires slung from wall to wall whence the gilt mirrours with the wax candles of the West had all been removed.
"The Passionate Elopement" by Compton Mackenzie
Theophile doubled up the tables, set chairs around the walls, waxed the floor, and was then sent to bed and locked in by his anxious mother.
"The Crux" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Wreaths of evergreen intertwined with sprigs of holly were hung at regular spaces on the waxed, panelled walls.
"Ande Trembath" by Matthew Stanley Kemp
The singing of the children was waxing fainter, as the boat floated from beneath the wall on its homeward way into the town.
"Folle-Farine" by Ouida
The plate is now surrounded with a wall of wax, as for etching, and diluted nitric acid is poured upon it.
"Popular Technology; Volume 2" by Edward Hazen
The wax seemed to be receding through the wall, drawing me after it.
"The Shadow of the Czar" by John R. Carling

In poetry:

"Hard by, in the City, the One, care-crossed,
Gloomed over his shrunken power;
And without the walls the hemming host
Waxed denser every hour.
"Leipzig" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

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