/wæks / (say waks)

1. any of a group of amorphous solid materials consisting of esters of monohydric alcohols and the higher homologues of fatty acids, as beeswax, an ester of palmitic acid, C30H61OCOC15H31.
2. any of various other similar substances, as spermaceti, the secretions of certain insects (wax insects), and the secretions (vegetable wax) of certain plants.
3. any of a group of solid, non-greasy, insoluble substances which have a low melting or softening point, especially mixtures of the higher hydrocarbons, as paraffin wax.
4. cerumen.
5. a resinous substance used by shoemakers for rubbing their thread.
6. sealing wax.
7. Surfingsurfboard wax.
8. Also, waxflower. any of various shrubs of the genus Chamelaucium, family Myrtaceae, of western Australia, having waxy flowers, as Esperance wax and Geraldton wax.
9. something suggesting wax as being readily moulded, worked upon, handled, managed, etc.: helpless wax in their hands.
verb (t)
10. to rub, smear, stiffen, polish, etc., with wax; treat with wax: waxed moustaches; a waxed floor.
11. to remove unwanted hair from (a part of the body) by applying softened wax or a similar substance to the skin, allowing it to harden and then removing it quickly: to wax one's legs.
12. made of or resembling wax.
{Middle English; Old English weax}
waxer, noun
waxlike, adjective
/wæks / (say waks)

verb (i) (waxed or, Poetic, waxen, waxing)
1. to increase in extent, quantity, intensity, power, etc.: discord waxed daily.
2. (of the moon) to increase in the extent of its illuminated portion before the full moon (opposed to wane).
3. to grow or become (as stated).
4. wax lyrical, to speak in an enthusiastic and sometimes exaggeratedly poetic manner, in praise or in support of a person, scheme, etc.
{Middle English waxen, wexen, Old English weaxan. See eke1}
waxing, adjective
/wæks / (say waks)

noun Colloquial
a fit of anger.
{origin uncertain; ? from phrase to wax angry. See wax2 (def. 3)
/wæks / (say waks) (especially in children's games) Colloquial

verb (i)
1. to form a team with another player, especially to take alternate turns at batting, kicking, etc.: I'll wax with you this game.
verb (t)
2. to partner (someone) in this way.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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  • Wax — Wax, n. [AS. weax; akin to OFries. wax, D. was, G. wachs, OHG. wahs, Icel. & Sw. vax, Dan. vox, Lith. vaszkas, Russ. vosk .] [1913 Webster] 1. A fatty, solid substance, produced by bees, and employed by them in the construction of their comb;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wax — ● wax nom masculin (anglais wax, cire) En Afrique noire, tissu de coton imprimé de qualité supérieure. wax n. m. Tissu de coton imprimé d un dessin évoquant des craquelures, obtenu par un procédé à la cire. (En appos.) Un tissu wax. Un pagne wax …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Wax — Wax, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Waxed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Waxing}.] To smear or rub with wax; to treat with wax; as, to wax a thread or a table. [1913 Webster] {Waxed cloth}, cloth covered with a coating of wax, used as a cover, of tables and for other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wax — (w[a^]ks), v. i. [imp. {Waxed}; p. p. {Waxed}, and Obs. or Poetic {Waxen}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Waxing}.] [AS. weaxan; akin to OFries. waxa, D. wassen, OS. & OHG. wahsan, G. wachsen, Icel. vaxa, Sw. v[ a]xa, Dan. voxe, Goth. wahsjan, Gr. ? to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wax — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. {{{image}}}   Sigles d une seule lettre   Sigles de deux lettres > Sigles de trois lettres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • wax — wax1 [waks] n. [ME < OE weax, akin to Ger wachs < IE * wokso < * weg , to weave, prob. < base * (a)we , to WEAVE] 1. a plastic, dull yellow substance secreted by bees for building cells; beeswax: it is hard when cold and easily molded …   English World dictionary

  • wax|y — «WAK see», adjective, wax|i|er, wax|i|est. 1. like wax. 2. made of wax; containing wax; waxen. 3. abounding in or covered w …   Useful english dictionary

  • wax — ‘soft oily substance’ [OE] and the now archaic wax ‘grow, become’ [OE] are distinct words. The former comes (together with German wachs, Dutch was, Swedish vax, and Danish vox) from a prehistoric Germanic *wakhsam. This in turn was descended from …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • wax — ‘soft oily substance’ [OE] and the now archaic wax ‘grow, become’ [OE] are distinct words. The former comes (together with German wachs, Dutch was, Swedish vax, and Danish vox) from a prehistoric Germanic *wakhsam. This in turn was descended from …   Word origins

  • wax|en — «WAK suhn», adjective. 1. of wax; made of wax: »For now my love is thaw d; Which, like a waxen image gainst a fire Bears no impression of the thing it was (Shakespeare). 2. Figurative. like wax; smooth, soft, and pale: »Her skin is waxen. 3.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • wax — verb. In the meaning ‘to assume a specified tone or state’, wax is followed by an adjective, not an adverb: to wax lyrical, to wax enthusiastic, etc.: • When the Roman soldiers were asked to take part in the Claudian invasion of 43, they waxed… …   Modern English usage