from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The coating of thread with wax previous to sewing.
  • noun A method of blacking, dressing, and polishing leather, to give it a finish.
  • noun In calico-printing, the process of stopping out colors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of wax.
  • noun this sense?) (uncountable) the action of the verb to wax.
  • noun countable A cosmetic procedure in which hair is removed from the body by the application and removal of wax.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the application of wax to a surface
  • adjective (of the moon) pertaining to the period during which the visible surface of the moon increases
  • noun a gradual increase in magnitude or extent


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • The bottling lines we use cannot handle putting capsules on larger formats, so waxing is the best practical alternative.

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  • The recent cult for shaving and waxing is an example of how we would like the whole part to just stop being so messy.

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  • The recent cult for shaving and waxing is an example of how we would like the whole part to just stop being so messy.

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  • Instead, a moon serves as the minute indicator, waxing from a slender crescent at the beginning of an hour to a full orb at the end.

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  • After making his name waxing nostalgic about the warm glow of more innocent times, Greene, according to the Trib, admitted he seduced the teenage subject of one of his columns.

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  • Use particular care in waxing around the buttons as not to get any wax in between the case and the buttons that?

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  • Most assessments of climate sensitivity for the present day hover around 3°C per CO2 doubling (5), although if the longterm waxing and waning of continental ice sheets are considered it is probably closer to 6°C (6).

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  • Flutter - I think her comment was more directed at my writing than a description of my putative readership... that is, my waxing philosophic about the travails of lack of sleep and the like - it wouldn't, from her perspective, speak to the sort of mother who is battling addiction or fighting to keep her kids or big stuff like that the sort of mother that she works with regularly.

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