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Beeswax
Earwax

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Etymology 1

Old English wæx, from Germanic *waxsan, from Proto-Indo-European *u̯okso-. Cognate with Dutch was, German Wachs, Norwegian voks; and with Lithuanian vaškas, Russian воск

Noun

Singular
wax

Plural
es

wax (es)
  1. Beeswax.
  2. Earwax.
  3. Any oily, water-resistant substance; normally long-chain hydrocarbons, alcohols or esters.
  4. Any preparation containing wax, used as a polish.
  5. A phonograph record.
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Adjective

wax (not comparable)

Positive
wax

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Made of wax.
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Verb

Infinitive
to wax

Third person singular
wax

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to wax (third-person singular simple present wax, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To apply wax to (something, such as a shoe, a floor, a car or an apple), usually to make it shiny.
  2. (transitive) To remove hair at the roots from (a part of the body) by coating the skin with a film of wax that is then pulled away sharply.
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Etymology 2

Old English weaxan, from Germanic *waxsan, from Proto-Indo-European *u̯egs-. Cognate with Danish vokse (spelling before the writing reform of 1948: voxe), Norwegian vokse, Dutch wassen, German wachsen, Swedish växa; and with Ancient Greek ἀέξειν, Latin auxilium.

Verb

Infinitive
to wax

Third person singular
waxes

Simple past
waxed or (rare) wex

Past participle
waxed or waxen, archaic third-person singular simple present waxeth

Present participle
waxing

to wax (third-person singular simple present waxes, present participle waxing, simple past waxed or (rare) wex, past participle waxed or waxen, archaic third-person singular simple present waxeth)
  1. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To grow.
  2. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To appear larger each night as a progression from a new moon to a full moon.
  3. (intransitive) To become.
    to wax lyrical
Quotations
  • 1602, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, act 1, sc. 3, lines 11-14,
    For nature, crescent, does not grow alone
    In thews and bulks, but, as this temple waxes,
    The inward service of the mind and soul
    Grows wide withal.
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Noun

Singular
wax

Plural
-

wax (-)
  1. (rare) The process of growing.
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Etymology 3

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Noun

Singular
wax

Plural
wax

wax (wax)
  1. An outburst of anger.
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