Definition of wax noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wæks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wæks//
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  1. 1a solid substance that is made from beeswax or from various fats and oils and used for making candles, polish, models, etc. It becomes soft when it is heated. styling wax for the hair floor wax wax crayons wax polish see also paraffin wax, sealing wax
  2. 2a soft sticky yellowish substance that is found in your ears
  3. Word Originnoun Old English wæx, weax, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch was and German Wachs. The verb dates from late Middle English.Extra examples The parcel was tied with string and sealed with wax. The sun through the window had melted the wax. Wax melts when subjected to heat.Idioms (North American English, informal) the whole thing; everything I panicked, I cried—the whole ball of wax.
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