wax

The verb wax is most often found in the company of its opposite, "wane." To wax is to grow larger or increase, whereas wane means to grow smaller or decrease.

As the moon grows towards fullness, it waxes. It wanes, or diminishes in size, as the new moon approaches. This is the most common context for the verb wax, but it is also used to describe other phenomena that grow or increase, particularly those that are cyclical. Figuratively, if you wax eloquent, lyrical or poetic about something, you talk about it at great length and with growing enthusiasm. The noun wax refers to chemical compounds that can be shaped and molded, for example into candles, when warm.

Primary Meanings of wax

1.
nv
any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water
cover with wax
2.
v
go up or advance
Full Definitions of wax
1

n any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water

Types:
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bayberry tallow, bayberry wax
a fragrant green wax obtained from the wax myrtle and used in making candles
carnauba, carnauba wax
hard yellowish to brownish wax from leaves of the carnauba palm used especially in floor waxes and polishes
candelilla wax
a hard brown wax that occurs as a coating on candelilla shrubs
ceresin
a white wax extracted from ozokerite
floor wax
a preparation containing wax and used to polish and preserve the finish of floors
fig wax, gondang wax
a hard cream-colored wax obtained from a Javanese fig tree
Japan tallow, Japan wax
a yellow wax obtained from sumac berries; used in polishes
montan wax
a hard wax obtained from lignite
pisang wax
a wax obtained from the leaves of a plantain
paraffin scale, scale wax
partly refined paraffin wax
ski wax
wax used on the bottom of skis
beeswax
a yellow to brown wax secreted by honeybees to build honeycombs
cerumen, earwax
a soft yellow wax secreted by glands in the ear canal
paraffin, paraffin wax
from crude petroleum; used for candles and for preservative or waterproof coatings
spermaceti
a white waxy substance from oil of the sperm whale
vegetable wax
a waxy substance obtained from plants (especially from the trunks of certain palms)
lac wax, shellac wax
a hard wax separated from shellac by its insolubility in alcohol
Ghedda wax
wax from Indian and African bees
Type of:
lipid, lipide, lipoid
an oily organic compound insoluble in water but soluble in organic solvents; essential structural component of living cells (along with proteins and carbohydrates)

v cover with wax

wax the car”
Types:
beeswax
cover with beeswax
Type of:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered
2

v go up or advance

Synonyms:
climb, mount, rise
Antonyms:
wane
become smaller
Types:
jump
increase suddenly and significantly
advance, gain
rise in rate or price
Type of:
increase
become bigger or greater in amount

v increase in phase

“the moon is waxing
Synonyms:
full
Antonyms:
wane
decrease in phase
Type of:
increase
become bigger or greater in amount

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