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Definition a gradual increase (in size or strength or power or number) — especially the part of the moon that is visible

More commonly, wax is used to refer to a soft substance that melts when warmed and is seen in candles, crayons, beehives, polishes, and even the human ear. The word can also be used as a verb to refer to rubbing a coat of wax onto something such as a car or floor or furniture to protect it from water and/or improve appearance. Wax put on a surfboard also provides less slippery footing than the fiberglass board.

Wax can also be used as a verb to refer to the process of removing hair from the body by applying warm wax to the area being treated and pulling it off after it has cooled around the hair, so that the hair is pulled out from the root.

Less commonly, wax can refer to a stated manner of speech or writing; e.g., "She waxed eloquent," means that she talked in an eloquent manner. "She waxed on," means that talked more or for a longer time.
  • The moon is waxing. It will be full tomorrow.
waxing = gradually increasing
  • In the northern hemisphere, a waxing moon is round and smooth on the right side.
  • waxing = gradually increasing
  • My imagination, sternly checked by the exigencies of my profession, waxed secretly to colossal force.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • waxed = gradually increased
  • The night was warm, summer waxing to autumn, but I wanted the smell of cedar in the air, and the tang of my herbs which I had sprinkled over the flames.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • waxing = gradually growing stronger
  • Then—the morning light still waxing stronger—old patriarchs would rise up in great haste, each in his flannel gown, and matronly dames, without pausing to put off their night-gear.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • waxing = gradually increasing
  • Ah, sirrah, by my fay, it waxes late.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • waxes = is getting (grows)
  • This earthly faintness, was, in their view, only another phase of the minister's celestial strength; nor would it have seemed a miracle too high to be wrought for one so holy, had he ascended before their eyes, waxing dimmer and brighter, and fading at last into the light of heaven!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
waxing = gradually growing

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