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 for Wax
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wax \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[aum]xa, Dan. voxe, Goth.
     wahsjan, Gr. ? to increase, Skr. waksh, uksh, to grow.
     [root]135. Cf. Waist.]
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     1. To increase in size; to grow bigger; to become larger or
        fuller; -- opposed to wane.
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              The waxing and the waning of the moon. --Hakewill.
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              Truth's treasures . . . never shall wax ne wane.
                                                    --P. Plowman.
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     2. 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.
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              Your clothes are not waxen old upon you. --Deut.
                                                    xxix. 5.
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              Where young Adonis oft reposes,
              Waxing well of his deep wound.        --Milton.
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     Waxing kernels (Med.), small tumors formed by the
        enlargement of the lymphatic glands, especially in the
        groins of children; -- popularly so called, because
        supposed to be caused by growth of the body. --Dunglison.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wax \Wax\, n. [AS. weax; akin to OFries. wax, D. was, G. wachs,
     OHG. wahs, Icel. & Sw. vax, Dan. vox, Lith. vaszkas, Russ.
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     1. 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.
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     Note: Beeswax consists essentially of cerotic acid
           (constituting the more soluble part) and of myricyl
           palmitate (constituting the less soluble part).
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     2. Hence, any substance resembling beeswax in consistency or
        appearance. Specifically: 
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        (a) (Physiol.) Cerumen, or earwax. See Cerumen.
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        (b) A waxlike composition used for uniting surfaces, for
            excluding air, and for other purposes; as, sealing
            wax, grafting wax, etching wax, etc.
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        (c) A waxlike composition used by shoemakers for rubbing
            their thread.
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        (d) (Zool.) A substance similar to beeswax, secreted by
            several species of scale insects, as the Chinese wax.
            See Wax insect, below.
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        (e) (Bot.) A waxlike product secreted by certain plants.
            See Vegetable wax, under Vegetable.
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        (f) (Min.) A substance, somewhat resembling wax, found in
            connection with certain deposits of rock salt and
            coal; -- called also mineral wax, and ozocerite.
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        (g) Thick sirup made by boiling down the sap of the sugar
            maple, and then cooling. [Local U. S.]
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        (h) any of numerous substances or mixtures composed
            predominantly of the longer-chain saturated
            hydrocarbons such as the paraffins, which are solid at
            room teperature, or their alcohol, carboxylic acid, or
            ester derivatives.
     Japanese wax, a waxlike substance made in Japan from the
        berries of certain species of Rhus, esp. Rhus
     Mineral wax. (Min.) See Wax, 2
        (f), above.
     Wax cloth. See Waxed cloth, under Waxed.
     Wax end. See Waxed end, under Waxed.
     Wax flower, a flower made of, or resembling, wax.
     Wax insect (Zool.), any one of several species of scale
        insects belonging to the family Coccidae, which secrete
        from their bodies a waxlike substance, especially the
        Chinese wax insect ({Coccus Sinensis) from which a large
        amount of the commercial Chinese wax is obtained. Called
        also pela.
     Wax light, a candle or taper of wax.
     Wax+moth+(Zool.),+a+pyralid+moth+({Galleria+cereana">Wax moth (Zool.), a pyralid moth ({Galleria cereana) whose
        larvae feed upon honeycomb, and construct silken galleries
        among the fragments. The moth has dusky gray wings
        streaked with brown near the outer edge. The larva is
        yellowish white with brownish dots. Called also bee
     Wax myrtle. (Bot.) See Bayberry.
     Wax painting, a kind of painting practiced by the ancients,
        under the name of encaustic. The pigments were ground with
        wax, and diluted. After being applied, the wax was melted
        with hot irons and the color thus fixed.
     Wax palm. (Bot.)
        (a) A species of palm ({Ceroxylon Andicola) native of the
            Andes, the stem of which is covered with a secretion,
            consisting of two thirds resin and one third wax,
            which, when melted with a third of fat, makes
            excellent candles.
        (b) A Brazilian tree ({Copernicia cerifera) the young
            leaves of which are covered with a useful waxy
     Wax paper, paper prepared with a coating of white wax and
        other ingredients.
     Wax plant (Bot.), a name given to several plants, as:
        (a) The Indian pipe (see under Indian).
        (b) The Hoya carnosa, a climbing plant with polished,
            fleshy leaves.
        (c) Certain species of Begonia with similar foliage.
     Wax tree (Bot.)
        (a) A tree or shrub ({Ligustrum lucidum) of China, on
            which certain insects make a thick deposit of a
            substance resembling white wax.
        (b) A kind of sumac ({Rhus succedanea) of Japan, the
            berries of which yield a sort of wax.
        (c) A rubiaceous tree ({Elaeagia utilis) of New Grenada,
            called by the inhabitants "arbol del cera."
     Wax yellow, a dull yellow, resembling the natural color of
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wax \Wax\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Waxed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     To smear or rub with wax; to treat with wax; as, to wax a
     thread or a table.
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     Waxed cloth, cloth covered with a coating of wax, used as a
        cover, of tables and for other purposes; -- called also
        wax cloth.
     Waxed end, a thread pointed with a bristle and covered with
        shoemaker's wax, used in sewing leather, as for boots,
        shoes, and the like; -- called also wax end. --Brockett.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant
           or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and
           insoluble in water
      v 1: cover with wax; "wax the car"
      2: go up or advance; "Sales were climbing after prices were
         lowered" [syn: wax, mount, climb, rise] [ant: wane]
      3: increase in phase; "the moon is waxing" [syn: wax, full]
         [ant: wane]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  218 Moby Thesaurus words for "wax":
     accrue, accumulate, advance, aluminum oxide, ambergris, anoint,
     antifriction, appreciate, augment, auto polish, balloon,
     bear fruit, beeswax, black lead, bloat, bloom, blossom, blubber,
     boom, boost, breakthrough, breed, breeze, brew, broaden, buff,
     build, burgeon, burnish, butter, candelilla wax, carnauba wax,
     cartridge, cassette, cat fit, cerate, ceresin, clay, colcothar,
     come, come over, conniption, conniption fit, convulsion, corundum,
     crescendo, crocus, cushion, daub, develop, disc, dough, down,
     dress, duck fit, eiderdown, electrical transcription, embrocate,
     emery, emery board, emery paper, enlarge, evolute, evolve, expand,
     feather bed, feathers, fig wax, file, finish, fit, fit of anger,
     fit of temper, fleece, floor wax, floss, flourish, flower, flue,
     fluff, foam, fossil wax, furbish, gain, gain strength, garnet,
     gather, germinate, get, get ahead, glance, glaze, gloss, glycerin,
     glycerolate, go, go up, gondang wax, graphite, grease,
     grease the wheels, grow, grow up, hike, hypertrophy, increase,
     intensify, kapok, lac wax, lard, lubricant, lubricate,
     lubricating oil, lubricator, luster, maturate, mature, mellow,
     mineral wax, mount, mucilage, mucus, multiply, mushroom, nail file,
     oil, outgrow, overdevelop, overgrow, overtop, ozokerite,
     paraffin scale, paraffin wax, paroxysm, phonograph record, pillow,
     plumbago, plush, polish, polishes, pomade, procreate, progress,
     proliferate, pudding, puff, pullulate, pumice, pumice stone, putty,
     rage, rasp, record, recording, reproduce, ripen, rise, rottenstone,
     rouge, rub, rubber, run, run up, salve, sandpaper, satin,
     scale wax, scour, sealing wax, shine, shoe polish, shoot up,
     silicon carbide, silicone, silk, silver polish, ski wax, sleek,
     slick, slick down, slick on, smear, smooth the way, snowball,
     soap the ways, spread, spring up, sprout, sprout up, strengthen,
     swansdown, swell, tantrum, tape, tape cartridge, tape cassette,
     tape recording, temper tantrum, thistledown, thrive, tower,
     transcription, turn, unguent, upgrade, upshoot, upspear, upspring,
     upsprout, upsurge, varnish, vegetable wax, vegetate, velvet, widen,
     wire recording, wool, zephyr

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     Made by melting the combs of bees. Mentioned (Ps. 22:14; 68:2;
     97:5; Micah 1:4) in illustration.

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