Definition of


  1. (noun, substance) any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water
  2. (verb, change) go up or advance
  3. (verb, change) increase in phase
  4. (verb, contact) cover with wax

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Synonyms of Wax

climb, full, mount, rise

Antonyms of Wax


Origin of the word Wax

  1. "substance made by bees," O.E. weax, from P.Gmc. *wakhsan (cf. O.S., O.H.G. wahs, O.N. vax, Du. was, Ger. Wachs); cognate with O.C.S. vasku, Lith. va?kas, Pol. wosk, Rus. vosk "wax" (but these may be from Gmc.). Waxworks "exhibition of wax figures representing famous or notorious persons" first recorde… more
  2. "grow bigger or greater," O.E. weaxan "to increase, grow" (class VII strong verb; past tense weox, pp. weaxen), from P.Gmc. *wakhsan (cf. O.S., O.H.G. wahsan, O.N. vaxa, O.Fris. waxa, Du. wassen, Ger. wachsen, Goth. wahsjan "to grow, increase"), from PIE *wegs- (cf. Skt. vaksayati "cause to grow… more

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