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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wax \Wax\ (w[a^]ks), verb (used without an object) [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}.]

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Waxen \Wax"en\, adjective

1. Made of wax. "The female bee, that . . . builds her waxen cells." --Milton.

2. Covered with wax; waxed; as, a waxen tablet.

3. Resembling wax; waxy; hence, soft; yielding.

Men have marble, women waxen, minds. --Shak.

{Waxen chatterer} (Zool.), the Bohemian chatterer.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

waxen

adjective

1: made of or covered with wax; "waxen candles"; "careful, the floor is waxy" [syn: {waxen}, {waxy}]

2: having the paleness of wax; "the poor face with the same awful waxen pallor"- Bram Stoker; "the soldier turned his waxlike features toward him"; "a thin face with a waxy paleness" [syn: {waxen}, {waxlike}, {waxy}]


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