• (v. i.) To increase in size; to grow bigger; to become larger or
fuller; -- opposed to wane.
• (v. i.) 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.
• (n.) 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.
• (n.) Hence, any substance resembling beeswax in consistency or
• (n.) Cerumen, or earwax.
• (n.) A waxlike composition used for uniting surfaces, for excluding
air, and for other purposes; as, sealing wax, grafting wax, etching
• (n.) A waxlike composition used by shoemakers for rubbing their
• (n.) A substance similar to beeswax, secreted by several species of
scale insects, as the Chinese wax. See Wax insect, below.
• (n.) A waxlike product secreted by certain plants. See Vegetable
wax, under Vegetable.
• (n.) A substance, somewhat resembling wax, found in connection with
certain deposits of rock salt and coal; -- called also mineral wax, and
• (n.) Thick sirup made by boiling down the sap of the sugar maple,
and then cooling.
• (v. t.) To smear or rub with wax; to treat with wax; as, to wax a
thread or a table.