beeswax

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbiːzwæks/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbizˌwæks/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bēzwaks′)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bees•wax /ˈbizˌwæks/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. wax1 (def. 1).

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bees•wax  (bēzwaks′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. wax1 (def. 1).

v.t. 
  1. to rub or treat with beeswax.
  • bee1 + 's1 + wax1 1670–80

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
beeswax /ˈbiːzˌwæks/ n
  1. a yellowish or dark brown wax secreted by honeybees for constructing honeycombs
  2. this wax after refining, purifying, etc, used in polishes, ointments, and for modelling
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
wax1 /wæks/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Biochemistry, InsectsAlso called beeswax.  a solid, yellowish substance made by bees when building their honeycomb.
  2. Biochemistryany of various similar substances, esp. ones made up of hydrocarbons, fats, or oils:a candle made of wax.
  3. Physiologya yellowish, waxy secretion in the external auditory canal.

v. [+ object]
  1. to rub, polish, or treat with wax:to wax the wooden floors; to wax down our skis.

adj. 
  1. relating to, made of, or resembling wax.
Idioms
  1. the whole ball of wax, [Slang.]
    • everything of a similar or related nature;
      the whole nine yards.
wax•like, adj. 


wax2 /wæks/USA pronunciation   v. [no object]
  1. to increase, as in amount, size, or intensity.
  2. Astronomy(of the moon) to increase gradually in brightness and roundness.Compare wane (def. 2).
  3. to become:[+ adj]to wax resentful.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
wax1  (waks),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Biochemistry, InsectsAlso called  beeswax. a solid, yellowish, nonglycerine substance allied to fats and oils, secreted by bees, plastic when warm and melting at about 145°F, variously employed in making candles, models, casts, ointments, etc., and used by bees in constructing their honeycomb.
  2. Biochemistryany of various similar substances, as spermaceti or the secretions of certain insects and plants. Cf.  vegetable wax, wax insect. 
  3. any of a group of substances composed of hydrocarbons, alcohols, fatty acids, and esters that are solid at ordinary temperatures.
  4. cerumen;
    earwax.
  5. a resinous substance used by shoemakers for rubbing thread.
  6. See  sealing wax. 
  7. a person or object suggesting wax, as in manageability or malleability:I am helpless wax in your hands.
  8. whole ball of wax, [Slang.]
    • the entire or overall plan, concept, action, result, or the like:The first ten minutes of the meeting will determine the whole ball of wax.
    • everything of a similar or related nature:They sold us skis, boots, bindings, poles—the whole ball of wax.

v.t. 
  1. to rub, smear, stiffen, polish, etc., with wax:to wax the floor.
  2. to fill the crevices of (ornamental marble) with colored material.
  3. Informal Termsto make a phonograph recording of.
  4. Slang Termsto defeat decisively;
    drub:We waxed the competition.

adj. 
  1. pertaining to, made of, or resembling wax:a wax candle; a wax doll.
waxa•ble, adj. 
waxlike′, adj. 
  • bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English wex, waxe, Old English weax; cognate with Dutch was, German Wachs, Old Norse vax; (verb, verbal) Middle English wexen, derivative of the noun, nominal

wax2  (waks),USA pronunciation  v.i.,  waxed;
waxed
  or (Literary) wax•en;
wax•ing.
 
  1. to increase in extent, quantity, intensity, power, etc.:Discord waxed at an alarming rate.
  2. Astronomy(of the moon) to increase in the extent of its illuminated portion before the full moon. Cf.  wane (def. 4).
  3. to grow or become:He waxed angry at the insinuation.
  • bef. 900; Middle English waxen, Old English weaxan; cognate with German wachsen; akin to waist
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged extend, grow, lengthen, enlarge, dilate.

wax3  (waks),USA pronunciation n. [Chiefly Brit.]
  • British Termsa fit of anger;
    rage.
    • perh. special use of wax2 1850–55

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