AskDefine | Define waxen

The Collaborative Dictionary

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[aum]xa, Dan. voxe, Goth. wahsjan, Gr. ? to increase, Skr. waksh, uksh, to grow. [root]135. Cf. Waist.] [1913 Webster]
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]
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.
[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]
Waxen \Wax"en\, a.
Made of wax. "The female bee, that . . . builds her waxen cells." --Milton. [1913 Webster]
Covered with wax; waxed; as, a waxen tablet. [1913 Webster]
Resembling wax; waxy; hence, soft; yielding. [1913 Webster] Men have marble, women waxen, minds. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Waxen chatterer (Zool.), the Bohemian chatterer. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

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

English

Adjective

  1. of or pertaining to wax; waxlike
  2. having the pale smooth characteristics of wax; waxy
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1