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bees·wax

 (bēz′wăks′)
n.
1. The yellow to grayish-brown wax secreted by the honeybee for constructing honeycombs.
2. Commercial wax obtained by processing and purifying the crude wax of the honeybee and used in making candles, crayons, and polishes.
3. Informal A matter of concern or business that pertains to someone: It's none of your beeswax where I'm going tonight.

[Sense 3, jocular alteration of business.]

beeswax

(ˈbiːzˌwæks)
n
(Elements & Compounds)
a. a yellowish or dark brown wax secreted by honeybees for constructing honeycombs
b. this wax after refining, purifying, etc, used in polishes, ointments, and for modelling
vb
(tr) to polish with such wax

wax1

(wæks)

n.
1. Also called beeswax. a solid, yellowish, nonglycerine substance allied to fats and oils, secreted by bees in constructing their honeycomb, used in making candles, casts, ointments, etc.
2. any of various similar substances, as spermaceti or the secretions of certain insects and plants.
3. any of a group of substances composed of hydrocarbons, alcohols, fatty acids, and esters that are solid at ordinary temperatures.
4. cerumen; earwax.
5. a resinous substance used by shoemakers for rubbing thread.
7. Slang. a phonograph record.
v.t.
8. to rub, polish, etc., with wax.
9. Slang. to defeat decisively; drub: We waxed the competition.
10. Slang. to make a phonograph recording of.
adj.
11. pertaining to, made of, or resembling wax.
[before 900; Middle English wex, waxe, Old English weax, c. Old Saxon, Old High German wahs, Old Norse vax, Old Church Slavonic voskŭ, Lithuanian vãškas]
wax′a•ble, adj.

wax2

(wæks)

v.i.
1. to increase in extent, quantity, intensity, power, etc.
2. (of the moon) to increase in the extent of its illuminated portion before the full moon. Compare wane (def. 4).
3. to grow or become: to wax resentful.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English weaxan to grow, wax, c. Old Saxon, Old High German wahsan, Old Norse vaxa, Gothic wahsjan; akin to waist]

wax3

(wæks)

n. Brit.
a fit of anger.
[1850–55]

beeswax


Past participle: beeswaxed
Gerund: beeswaxing

Imperative
beeswax
beeswax
Present
I beeswax
you beeswax
he/she/it beeswaxes
we beeswax
you beeswax
they beeswax
Preterite
I beeswaxed
you beeswaxed
he/she/it beeswaxed
we beeswaxed
you beeswaxed
they beeswaxed
Present Continuous
I am beeswaxing
you are beeswaxing
he/she/it is beeswaxing
we are beeswaxing
you are beeswaxing
they are beeswaxing
Present Perfect
I have beeswaxed
you have beeswaxed
he/she/it has beeswaxed
we have beeswaxed
you have beeswaxed
they have beeswaxed
Past Continuous
I was beeswaxing
you were beeswaxing
he/she/it was beeswaxing
we were beeswaxing
you were beeswaxing
they were beeswaxing
Past Perfect
I had beeswaxed
you had beeswaxed
he/she/it had beeswaxed
we had beeswaxed
you had beeswaxed
they had beeswaxed
Future
I will beeswax
you will beeswax
he/she/it will beeswax
we will beeswax
you will beeswax
they will beeswax
Future Perfect
I will have beeswaxed
you will have beeswaxed
he/she/it will have beeswaxed
we will have beeswaxed
you will have beeswaxed
they will have beeswaxed
Future Continuous
I will be beeswaxing
you will be beeswaxing
he/she/it will be beeswaxing
we will be beeswaxing
you will be beeswaxing
they will be beeswaxing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been beeswaxing
you have been beeswaxing
he/she/it has been beeswaxing
we have been beeswaxing
you have been beeswaxing
they have been beeswaxing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been beeswaxing
you will have been beeswaxing
he/she/it will have been beeswaxing
we will have been beeswaxing
you will have been beeswaxing
they will have been beeswaxing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been beeswaxing
you had been beeswaxing
he/she/it had been beeswaxing
we had been beeswaxing
you had been beeswaxing
they had been beeswaxing
Conditional
I would beeswax
you would beeswax
he/she/it would beeswax
we would beeswax
you would beeswax
they would beeswax
Past Conditional
I would have beeswaxed
you would have beeswaxed
he/she/it would have beeswaxed
we would have beeswaxed
you would have beeswaxed
they would have beeswaxed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beeswax - a yellow to brown wax secreted by honeybees to build honeycombsbeeswax - a yellow to brown wax secreted by honeybees to build honeycombs
cerotic acid, hexacosanoic acid - a white solid fatty acid found in waxes (such as beeswax)
animal product - a product made from animal material
wax - any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water
Ghedda wax - wax from Indian and African bees
Verb1.beeswax - cover with beeswax; "Chris beeswaxed the kitchen table"
wax - cover with wax; "wax the car"
Translations
شَمْع عَسَل
včelí vosk
bivoks
mesilasvaha
mehiläisvaha
méhviasz
bÿvax
cera
včelí vosk
bivax

beeswax

[ˈbiːzwæks] Ncera f de abejas

beeswax

[ˈbiːzwæks] ncire f d'abeille

beeswax

nBienenwachs nt

beeswax

[ˈbiːzˌwæks] ncera d'api

bee

(biː) noun
1. a four-winged insect that makes honey.
2. (especially American) a meeting for combined work and enjoyment. a knitting bee.
ˈbeehive noun
a box in which bees are kept, and where they store their honey.
ˈbeeswax (ˈbiːzwӕks) noun
the yellowish solid substance produced by bees for making their cells, and used in polishing wood.
a bee in one's bonnet
an idea which has become fixed in one's mind. She has a bee in her bonnet about going to America.
make a bee-line for
to take the most direct way to; to go immediately to. Fred always makes a bee-line for the prettiest girl at a party.
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