Wax v. t. [imp. & p. p. Waxed p. pr. & vb. n. Waxing.] To smear or rub with wax; to treat with wax; as, to wax a thread or a table.
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.
Wax v. i. [imp. Waxed p. p. Waxed, and Obs. or Poetic Waxen p. pr. & vb. n. Waxing.]
1. To increase in size; to grow bigger; to become larger or fuller; -- opposed to wane.
The waxing and the waning of the moon. --Hakewill.
Truth's treasures . . . never shall wax ne wane. --P. Plowman.
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.
Your clothes are not waxen old upon you. --Deut. xxix. 5.
Where young Adonis oft reposes,
Waxing well of his deep wound. --Milton.
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.
adj : (of the moon) pertaining to the period during which the
visible surface of the moon increases; "the waxing moon
passes from new to full" [ant: waning]
n 1: the application of wax to a surface
2: a gradual increase in magnitude or extent; "the waxing of
the moon" [ant: waning]