Waxing
Wax Wax (w[a^]ks), v. i. [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["a]xa, Dan. voxe, Goth. wahsjan, Gr. ? to increase, Skr. waksh, uksh, to grow. [root]135. Cf. {Waist}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To increase in size; to grow bigger; to become larger or fuller; -- opposed to wane. [1913 Webster]

The waxing and the waning of the moon. --Hakewill. [1913 Webster]

Truth's treasures . . . never shall wax ne wane. --P. Plowman. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Your clothes are not waxen old upon you. --Deut. xxix. 5. [1913 Webster]

Where young Adonis oft reposes, Waxing well of his deep wound. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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