wax

Definitions

  • Altercation Waxed Hot in Words--3-37-346
    Altercation Waxed Hot in Words--3-37-346
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wax go up or advance "Sales were climbing after prices were lowered"
    • v wax increase in phase "the moon is waxing"
    • v wax cover with wax "wax the car"
    • n wax any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Waxing the thread Waxing the thread

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Coca-Cola began to be sold in China, they used characters that would sound like "Coca-Cola" when spoken. Unfortunately, what they turned out to mean was "Bite the wax tadpole". It did not sell well
    • Wax 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.
    • Wax A substance similar to beeswax, secreted by several species of scale insects, as the Chinese wax. See Wax insect, below.
    • Wax A substance, somewhat resembling wax, found in connection with certain deposits of rock salt and coal; -- called also mineral wax, and ozocerite.
    • Wax A waxlike composition used by shoemakers for rubbing their thread.
    • Wax A waxlike composition used for uniting surfaces, for excluding air, and for other purposes; as, sealing wax, grafting wax, etching wax, etc.
    • Wax A waxlike product secreted by certain plants. See Vegetable wax, under Vegetable.
    • Wax any of numerous substances or mixtures composed predominantly of the longer-chain saturated hydrocarbons such as the paraffins, which are solid at room teperature, or their alcohol, carboxylic acid, or ester derivatives.
    • Wax Cerumen, or earwax.
    • Wax Hence, any substance resembling beeswax in consistency or appearance.
    • Wax Thick sirup made by boiling down the sap of the sugar maple, and then cooling.
    • Wax To increase in size; to grow bigger; to become larger or fuller; -- opposed to wane. "The waxing and the waning of the moon.""Truth's treasures . . . never shall wax ne wane."
    • Wax To pass from one state to another; to become; to grow; as, to wax strong; to wax warmer or colder; to wax feeble; to wax old; to wax worse and worse. "Your clothes are not waxen old upon you.""Where young Adonis oft reposes, Waxing well of his deep wound."
    • v. t Wax To smear or rub with wax; to treat with wax; as, to wax a thread or a table.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Soy crayons have been invented to replace wax crayons and one acre of soybeans can produce over 80,000 crayons
    • n wax Black sealing-wax.
    • n wax A local name in Texas for sticky clay containing much black-colored humus.
    • wax To beat; thrash.
    • wax To grow; increase in size; become larger or greater: as, the moon waxes and wanes.
    • wax To pass from one state to another; become; grow: as, to wax strong; to wax old.
    • n wax Growth; increase; prosperity.
    • n wax A wood.
    • n wax A thick, sticky substance secreted by bees, and used to build their cells; the material of honeycomb; beeswax. In its natural state it is of a dull-yellow color, and smells of honey. Its consistency varies with the temperature; it is ordinarily a pliable solid, readily melted. When purified and bleached, it becomes translucent white, is less tenacious, without taste or smell, and of a specific gravity a little less than that of water. It softens at 80° F., be coming extremely plastic, and retaining any form in which it may be molded, like clay or putty, and melts at 158° F. In chemical composition, wax consists of variable proportions of three substances, called myrocin, cerolein, and cerotic acid. Wax is nsed for many purposes, both in its natural state and variously prepared. As bleached, and also then variously tinted, it is made into wax candles, which give a peculiarly soft light. In pharmacy it enters into the composition of various plasters, ointments, and cerates, as a vehicle for the active ingredients, and to confer upon the preparation a desired consistency. It has varied uses in the plastic arts, especially in the making of anatomical models, artificial flowers and fruits, casts and impressions of various kinds, etc.
    • n wax One of various substances and products resembling beeswax in appearance, consistency, plasticity, and the like, or used for like purposes. The substance worked up from the pollen of flowers by the hind legs of bees, and used to feed their larvæ; bee-bread, formerly supposed to be beeswax.
    • n wax A thick resinous substance, consisting of pitch, resin, and tallow, used by shoemakers for rubbing their thread.
    • n wax A thick syrup produced by boiling down the sap of the sugar-maple tree, cooling on ice, etc.
    • n wax Dung of cattle.
    • n wax In coal-mining, puddled clay, used for dams and stoppings.
    • n wax Chinese wax, or pela. (See also banking-wax, bottle-wax, myrtle-wax, ocuba-wax, sealing-wax.)
    • wax To treat with wax; smear or rub with wax; make waxy: as, to wax a thread; to wax the floor or a piece of furniture.
    • wax To plaster with clay.
    • n wax A rage; a passion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptian women used to wear perfume cones made of wax that would melt in the heat letting out a nice fragrance
    • n Wax waks the name given to some animal and vegetable substances, and even to one or two mineral bodies (e.g. ozokerite), which more or less resemble beeswax both in their appearance and in their physical properties: the fat-like yellow substance produced by bees, and used by them in making their cells: any substance like it, as that in the ear: the substance used to seal letters: that used by shoemakers to rub their thread: in coal-mining, puddled clay: a thick sugary substance made by boiling down the sap of the sugar-maple, and cooling by exposure to the air:
    • v.t Wax to smear or rub with wax
    • v.i Wax waks to grow or increase, esp. of the moon, as opposed to Wane: to pass into another state
    • n Wax waks (coll.) a passion
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Quotations

  • Walter Lippmann
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    “Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “We have progressively improved into a less spiritual species of tenderness -- but the seal is not yet fixed though the wax is preparing for the impression.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.”
  • Antoine Rivarol
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    “Gold like the sun, which melts wax, but hardens clay, expands great souls.”
  • Ogden Nash
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    “Life is not having been told that the man has just waxed the floor.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    Arthur%20Schopenhauer
    “Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.”

Idioms

Whole ball of wax - (USA) The whole ball of wax is everything.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. weaxan,; akin to OFries. waxa, D. wassen, OS. & OHG. wahsan, G. wachsen, Icel. vaxa, Sw. växa, Dan. voxe, Goth. wahsjan, Gr. to increase, Skr. waksh, uksh, to grow. √135. Cf. Waist
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. weax; Ice. vax, Dut. was, Ger. wachs.

Usage

In literature:

For emergency night lighting a well-protected wax candle should be used.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
They are: (a) oil, (b) wax, (c) the varnishes.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
You must simply put wax in your ears not to hear it when he comes.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
I used this wax last summer and I am better pleased with it than any other wax I have ever tried.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
And he was waxing yearly.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
As David's house waxes stronger, Saul's house will wax weaker.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
I took a wax-candle and descended the stairs.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII." by Guy de Maupassant
I'll never go back there again to carry honey or make wax.
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
The Voyvode waxed wroth, and demanded a divorce.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
The new moon had come and waxed to the full and was once more waning in the heavens.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
Wax candles also were made.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
When buds are covered with wax the wax must not be too hot or it will kill the buds.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Wax-pincer: = wax cutter.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
To wax more weak with age.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
Mr. Jones: No sir, we use paper ordinarily, of course we run wax over the paper in waxing the scion and then the paper is as good as cloth.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
In a wax candle, we light the wick, its heat melts the wax and carries it to the flame.
"Diggers in the Earth" by Eva March Tappan
It will be perceived that each finished queen's cell contains as much wax as fifty made for the workers.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
By this time the reader begins to mentally ask what does this wax evangelist know about the wax and its uses?
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
Later Nolan joined them for dinner, and the little party was waxing very gay long before Tim called.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
Whereupon M. le Comte waxed politely sarcastic.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
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In poetry:

Next evening shone the waxing moon
As sweetly as before;
The deer upon the grassy mead
Was seen again no more.
"The White-Footed Deer" by William Cullen Bryant
Lord, when iniquities abound,
And blasphemy grows bold;
When faith is hardly to be found,
And love is waxing cold;
"Psalm 12" by Isaac Watts
And words of little weight let fall
The fancy of the lower mind;
How waxing life must needs leave all
Its best behind;
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
If we so colde, waxe hot agayne,
and golde desire to buye:
Thou Rome shalt not our land then haue,
know thou assuredly.
"A description of olde Rome" by Roger Cotton
Now the struggling moonbeams glimmer;
Now the shadows deeper fall,
Till the dim light, waxing dimmer,
Scarce reveals yon stately hall.
"Gloomily the Clouds" by Anne Bronte
The pretty creatures go with haste
To the sunlit blue-grass hills
Where the Flower of Mending yields the wax
And webs to help their ills.
"The Flower Of Mending" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

Body Treatments, Massage: Basic, Nutritionist, Skincare & Facials, Waxing.
Melo Gets Wax Statue At Madame Tussauds.
The David Wax Museum's sound collected in travel.
As usual I waxed wistful about crisp Saturday mornings on the Strip (yes, it is actually open the rest of the week).
Vance Brown, CEO of Bendata, almost waxes poetic when he speaks of the recent merger between his customer support software company and midmarket CRM golden child GoldMine Software.
A couple of years ago, my son went to get his haircut with his mom, and he came back with his eyebrows waxed.
DC wax museum adds Harriet Tubman to collection.
It's a sweet alternative to waxing.
Madame Tussauds in New York revealed Taylor Lautner's wax double.
Madam Tussauds premieres Steve Jobs' wax figure .
Wax Carmelo Anthony Comes To Life.
The Australian Open champion was in the central Serbian town of Jagodina on Thursday to attend the unveiling of his likeness at a wax museum.
Djokovic gets wax figure in native Serbia.
Taylor Lautner's wax figure replica revealed.
Justin Bieber unveils his wax figure in London.
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In science:

We demonstrate this via numerical simulations that illustrate the superiority of the proposed estimator with the respect to the Wax-Kailath MDL based estimator.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
The simplicity of the estimator, and the large sample consistency are among the primary reasons why the Kailath-Wax MDL estimator continues to be employed in practice .
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
Instead we aim to revisit the original problem considered by Wax and Kailath with the objective of designing an estimator that is robust to high-dimensionality and sample size constraints.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
For large values of m we expect both the new and the Wax-Kailath MDL estimator to detect both signals with high probability.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
When m = 4n samples are available, Figure 7(a) shows that the proposed estimator consistently detects two signals while the Wax-Kailath MDL estimator does not.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
The performance of the Wax-Kailath MDL based estimator when m = 4n.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
The performance of the Wax-Kailath MDL based estimator when m = n/4.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
The performance of the Wax-Kailath MDL based estimator when m = n/8.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
The performance of the Wax-Kailath MDL based estimator when m = n.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
First, an embryo is frozen or embedded in a block of wax after which it can be cut into sections, which are all placed on slides.
An e-Infrastructure for Collaborative Research in Human Embryo Development
A design heuristic [109] is to lower the PZT resonance Q, if possible, by mounting with light and study mechanical construction and damping materials, such as wax.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
The circinus is used to mark the two ends of the baseline B on a wax tablet.
Roman Dodecahedron as dioptron: analysis of freely available data
WAXS/WFXT is an excellent and unique survey mission with a strong Italian heritage.
The WAXS/WFXT Mission
The diffuse intercluster gas in these superstructures can be detected in the WAXS surveys out to substantial redshifts.
The WAXS/WFXT Mission
WAXS is an excellent and unique mission for such a pro ject.
The WAXS/WFXT Mission
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