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As a noun wax

is beeswax or wax can be (rare) the process of growing or wax can be (dated|colloquial) an outburst of anger.

As an adjective wax

is made of wax.

As a verb wax

is to apply wax to (something, such as a shoe, a floor, a car, or an apple), usually to make it shiny or wax can be to increasingly assume the specified characteristic, become.

As a proper noun light is

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wax

English

, a kind of wax

Etymology 1

From (etyl) .

Noun

  • Beeswax.
  • Earwax.
  • Any oily, water-resistant substance; normally long-chain hydrocarbons, alcohols or esters.
  • Any preparation containing wax, used as a polish.
  • A phonograph record.
  • (US, dialect) A thick syrup made by boiling down the sap of the sugar maple and then cooling it.
  • (US, slang) A type of drugs with as main ingredients weed oil and butane; hash oil
  • Synonyms
    * (beeswax) beeswax * (earwax) cerumen (medical term), earwax * (polish) polish * (phonograph record) disc/disk, record
    Derived terms
    * ader wax * all wax and no wick * animal wax * anwax * baseplate wax * bayberry wax * beeswax * berry wax * bikini wax * bleached wax * blockout wax * bone wax * Born method of wax plate reconstruction * boxing wax * Brazil wax * Brazilian wax * butter of wax * California wax myrtle * candela wax * candelilla wax * candle wax * Carbowax * carding wax * carnauba wax * carving wax * car wax * casting wax * castor wax * ceresin wax * cetyl esters wax * chafe-wax, chafewax, chaff-wax, chaffwax * Chinese wax * close as wax * cobbler's wax, cobblers' wax * crystalline wax * cuticle wax * dental wax * dental inlay casting wax * dewax * earth wax, earthwax * ear wax, ear-wax, earwax * emulsifying wax * epilating wax * esparto wax * fig wax * Finnish yellow wax * fit like wax * floor wax * fossil wax * French wax * full up to dolly's wax * Geraldton wax * ghedda wax * glide wax * glitterwax * gondang wax * grafting wax * grave wax, grave-wax * greater wax moth * green wax, greenwax * grip wax * hair wax * hard wax * hot wax * hot-wax flooding * hot Hungarian wax pepper * Hungarian wax pepper * inlay casting wax * inlay casting wax, inlay pattern wax, inlay wax * insect wax * Japanese wax * Japan wax * keratin wax * kick wax * klister wax * lac wax * lad of wax, lad o' wax * lesser wax moth * lost wax * man of wax * medewax, medwax * microcrystalline wax * mind your beeswax, mind your own beeswax * mineral wax * modeling wax, modelling wax * montan wax * mortuary wax * moustache wax * myrtle wax * neat as wax * none of your beeswax * nose of wax * ouricury wax * Pacific wax myrtle * palm wax * paraffin wax, paraffin-wax * Parowax * peat wax * penetrating stain wax * petroleum wax * pisang wax * plant wax * polen wax * put on wax * release wax * rice bran wax * rough wax * scale wax * sealing-wax, sealing wax * seal-wax, sealwax * set-up wax * shellac wax * shoemakers' wax * ski wax * slack wax * soybean wax, soy wax * spermaceti wax * stick to someone like wax * surfboard wax * surf wax * * thermal wax printer * tight as wax * try-in wax * tubercle bacillus wax * unwax * utility wax * vegetable wax * virgin wax * walling wax * wax acid * wax alcohol * wax apple * wax bath * wax bean, waxbean * wax begonia * wax-berry, waxberry * wax-bill, waxbill * wax-billed * waxbird * wax bite * wax blockage * wax boot * wax-bred * wax-bush * wax-butter * wax candle * wax cap * wax-chandler * wax-chandlery, wax-chandry * wax cloth, wax-cloth, waxcloth * wax-cluster * wax-color, wax-colour * wax-comb * wax crayon * wax-creeper * wax-cup * wax cylinder * wax dip * wax doll * wax emulsion * waxen * wax end, wax-end * wax engraving * wax expansion * waxey * wax-eye * wax-farthing * wax figure * wax flower, wax-flower, waxflower * wax form * wax-gland * wax gourd * wax-hair * waxhead * wax-house * waxie * wax injection * wax injector * wax insect, wax-insect * wax jack * wax jambu * wax lancing * wax lathe * waxleaf privet * wax-leather * waxless skis * wax light, wax-light * wax-like, waxlike * wax-maker * wax-making * wax mallow, waxmallow * wax-man * wax model denture * wax-mold, wax-mould * wax moth, wax-moth * wax motor * wax museum * wax myrtle, wax-myrtle * wax-nose * wax-opal * wax painting, wax-painting * wax palm, wax-palm * wax paper, wax-paper * wax pattern * wax pear * wax pigment * wax-pine * wax-pink * wax plant, wax-plant, waxplant * wax play * wax pocket, wax-pocket * wax-pod bean * wax print * wax-proofed * wax-red * wax resist, wax-resist * wax ring * wax rose * wax-scot * wax shoe * wax-shot * wax-silver * wax size * wax stick * wax tablet * wax taper * wax test * wax-tipped bougie * wax tree, wax-tree * wax-type thermostat * wax vine * (Waxweb) * wax-weed * waxwing * wax wood * waxwork * wax-worker * wax-worm, waxworm * waxy * wax yellow * white wax * white wax tree * the whole ball of wax * wool wax * yellow wax * yellow wax pepper

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Made of wax.
  • * , chapter=10
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=He looked round the poor room, at the distempered walls, and the bad engravings in meretricious frames, the crinkly paper and wax flowers on the chiffonier; and he thought of a room like Father Bryan's, with panelling, with cut glass, with tulips in silver pots, such a room as he had hoped to have for his own.}}
    Synonyms
    * waxen
    Derived terms
    See

    Verb

    (es)
  • To apply wax to (something, such as a shoe, a floor, a car, or an apple), usually to make it shiny.
  • To remove hair at the roots from (a part of the body) by coating the skin with a film of wax that is then pulled away sharply.
  • (informal) To defeat utterly.
  • (slang) To kill, especially to murder a person.
  • *
  • * 2009 , and (w), Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: City of Night , ISBN 9780553593334, page 106:
  • "You telling me you know who really waxed him and your mom?" / "Yeah," she lied. / "Just who pulled the trigger or who ordered it to be pulled?"
  • (transitive, archaic, usually, of a musical or oral performance) To record.
  • Synonyms
    * (apply wax to) polish * (to make smooth and shiny by rubbing) buff, shine, polish, furbish, burnish * bump off, knock off, whack
    Derived terms
    * waxed * waxen * waxer * waxing * wax up

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) , (etyl) (m). It is in its turn cognate with (m). See .

    Verb

  • To increasingly assume the specified characteristic, become.
  • *
  • To grow.
  • * 1602 , (William Shakespeare), , act 1, sc. 3, lines 11-14,
  • For nature, crescent, does not grow alone / In thews and bulks, but, as this temple waxes , / The inward service of the mind and soul / Grows wide withal.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Michael Arlen), title= “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days, chapter=Ep./1/1
  • , passage=And so it had always pleased M. Stutz to expect great things from the dark young man whom he had first seen in his early twenties?; and his expectations had waxed rather than waned on hearing the faint bruit of the love of Ivor and Virginia—for Virginia, M. Stutz thought, would bring fineness to a point in a man like Ivor Marlay, […].}}
  • To appear larger each night as a progression from a new moon to a full moon.
  • Usage notes
    * Older forms are: 2nd per. sing, waxest (label), 3rd per. sing. waxeth (label), and plural form wexen (label). * Alternative simple past form is wex (label) and the alternative past participle is waxen (label).
    Synonyms
    * (to assume specified characteristic) become
    Antonyms
    * (grow) wane * (of the moon) wane
    Derived terms
    * outwax * over-wax, overwax * thorough-wax, thoroughwax, thorow-wax * through-waxen * unwax * wax and wane * wax forth * wax in age * wax in eld * wax lyrical * wax poetic * wax to man's estate * wax wode

    Noun

    (-)
  • (rare) The process of growing.
  • Derived terms
    * wax-kernel * waxless

    Etymology 3

    probably from phrases like (term), (wax wode), and similar (see Etymology 2, above).

    Noun

    (es)
  • (dated, colloquial) An outburst of anger.
  • * 1970 , John Glassco, Memoirs of Montparnasse , New York 2007, page 161:
  • ‘That's him to a T,’ she would murmur; or, ‘Just wait till he reads this’; or, ‘Ah, won't that put him in a wax !’
    Derived terms
    * waxy

    light

    English

    Alternative forms

    * lite (informal); lyght, lyghte (obsolete) * (l) (Scotland)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), (m), (m), from (etyl) .

    Noun

    (wikipedia light) (en noun)
  • (uncountable) The natural medium emanating from the Sun and other very hot sources (now recognised as electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength of 400-750 nm), within which vision is possible.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady. She stood for a moment holding her skirt above the grimy steps,
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=3 citation , passage=Here the stripped panelling was warmly gold and the pictures, mostly of the English school, were mellow and gentle in the afternoon light .}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Out of the gloom , passage=[Rural solar plant] schemes are of little help to industry or other heavy users of electricity. Nor is solar power yet as cheap as the grid. For all that, the rapid arrival of electric light' to Indian villages is long overdue. When the national grid suffers its next huge outage, as it did in July 2012 when hundreds of millions were left in the dark, look for specks of ' light in the villages.}}
  • A source of illumination.
  • * , chapter=5
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights , […], the height and vastness of this noble fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.}}
  • Spiritual or mental illumination; enlightenment, useful information.
  • * Shakespeare
  • He shall never know / That I had any light of this from thee.
  • Facts; pieces of information; ideas, concepts.
  • * , Book I, New York 2001, page 166:
  • Now these notions are twofold, actions or habits […], which are durable lights and notions, which we may use when we will.
  • A notable person within a specific field or discipline.
  • * Tennyson
  • Joan of Arc, a light of ancient France
  • (painting) The manner in which the light strikes a picture; that part of a picture which represents those objects upon which the light is supposed to fall; the more illuminated part of a landscape or other scene; opposed to shade .
  • A point of view, or aspect from which a concept, person or thing is regarded.
  • * South
  • Frequent consideration of a thing shows it in its several lights and various ways of appearance.
  • A flame or something used to create fire.
  • A firework made by filling a case with a substance which burns brilliantly with a white or coloured flame.
  • a Bengal light
  • A window, or space for a window in architecture.
  • The series of squares reserved for the answer to a crossword clue.
  • (informal) A cross-light in a double acrostic or triple acrostic.
  • Open view; a visible state or condition; public observation; publicity.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The duke yet would have dark deeds darkly answered; he would never bring them to light .
  • The power of perception by vision.
  • * Bible, Psalms xxxviii. 10
  • My strength faileth me; as for the light of my eyes, it also is gone from me.
  • The brightness of the eye or eyes.
  • * Shakespeare
  • He seemed to find his way without his eyes; / For out o'door he went without their helps, / And, to the last, bended their light on me.
  • A traffic light, or, by extension, an intersection controlled by one.
  • Synonyms
    * (electromagnetic wave perceived by the eye) visible light
    Derived terms
    * ancient lights * black light * booklight * bring to light * come to light * fanlight * footlight * gaslight * half-light * headlight * hide one's light under a bushel * lamplight * light at the end of the tunnel * light box, lightbox * light bucket * light globe * Light of the World * lightbulb * lighthouse * ! * moonlight * nightlight * searchlight * see the light * skylight * spotlight * strike a light * sunlight * twilight * Very light * white light

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), (m), from (etyl) .

    Verb

  • To start (a fire).
  • We lit the fire to get some heat.
  • To set fire to; to set burning; to kindle.
  • She lit her last match.
  • * Hakewill
  • if a thousand candles be all lighted from one
  • * Addison
  • Absence might cure it, or a second mistress / Light up another flame, and put out this.
  • To illuminate.
  • I used my torch to light the way home through the woods in the night.
  • * F. Harrison
  • One hundred years ago, to have lit' this theatre as brilliantly as it is now ' lighted would have cost, I suppose, fifty pounds.
  • * Dryden
  • The Sun has set, and Vesper, to supply / His absent beams, has lighted up the sky.
  • To become ignited; to take fire.
  • This soggy match will not light .
  • To attend or conduct with a light; to show the way to by means of a light.
  • * Landor
  • His bishops lead him forth, and light him on.
    Synonyms
    * ignite, kindle, conflagrate * (illuminate) illuminate, light up
    Antonyms
    * extinguish, put out, quench
    Derived terms
    * light someone's fire * light up * highlight

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) (m), (m), (m), from (etyl) . Cognate with (etyl) (m), (etyl) (m).

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Having light.
  • Pale in colour.
  • *
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients, chapter=1 , passage='Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the Sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.}}
  • (of coffee) Served with extra milk or cream.
  • Synonyms
    * (having light) bright * (pale in colour) pale * : white, with milk, with cream
    Derived terms
    * light-haired * light-skinned

    Etymology 4

    From (etyl) .

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Of low weight; not heavy.
  • My bag was much lighter once I had dropped off the books.
  • * Addison
  • These weights did not exert their natural gravity insomuch that I could not guess which was light or heavy whilst I held them in my hand.
  • Lightly-built; designed for speed or small loads.
  • We took a light aircraft down to the city.
  • (senseid)Gentle; having little force or momentum.
  • This artist clearly had a light , flowing touch.
  • Easy to endure or perform.
  • light duties around the house
  • * Dryden
  • Light sufferings give us leisure to complain.
  • Low in fat, calories, alcohol, salt, etc.
  • This light beer still gets you drunk if you have enough of it.
  • Unimportant, trivial, having little value or significance.
  • I made some light comment, and we moved on.
  • travelling with no carriages, wagons attached
  • (obsolete) Unchaste, wanton.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , I.i:
  • Long after lay he musing at her mood, / Much grieu'd to thinke that gentle Dame so light , / For whose defence he was to shed his blood.
  • * Shakespeare
  • So do not you; for you are a light girl.
  • * Shakespeare
  • A light wife doth make a heavy husband.
  • Not heavily armed; armed with light weapons.
  • light''' troops; a troop of '''light horse
  • Not encumbered; unembarrassed; clear of impediments; hence, active; nimble; swift.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Unmarried men are best friends, best masters but not always best subjects, for they are light to run away.
  • (dated) Easily influenced by trifling considerations; unsteady; unsettled; volatile.
  • a light''', vain person; a '''light mind
  • * Tillotson
  • There is no greater argument of a light and inconsiderate person than profanely to scoff at religion.
  • Indulging in, or inclined to, levity; lacking dignity or solemnity; frivolous; airy.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Seneca can not be too heavy, nor Plautus too light .
  • * Hawthorne
  • specimens of New England humour laboriously light and lamentably mirthful
  • Not quite sound or normal; somewhat impaired or deranged; dizzy; giddy.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Are his wits safe? Is he not light of brain?
  • Not of the legal, standard, or usual weight; clipped; diminished.
  • light coin
    Synonyms
    * (of low weight) * (lightly-built) lightweight * (having little force or momentum) delicate, gentle, soft * lite, lo-cal (low in calories), low-alcohol (low in alcohol) * (having little value or significance) inconsequential, trivial, unimportant
    Antonyms
    * (of low weight) heavy, weighty * (lightly-built) cumbersome, heavyweight, massive * (having little force or momentum) forceful, heavy, strong * calorific (high in calories), fatty (high in fat), strong (high in alcohol) * (having little value or significance) crucial, important, weighty
    Derived terms
    * light as a feather * lightness

    Adverb

    (er)
  • Carrying little.
  • I prefer to travel light.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (curling) A stone that is not thrown hard enough.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (nautical) To unload a ship, or to jettison material to make it lighter
  • To lighten; to ease of a burden; to take off.
  • * Spenser
  • His mailèd habergeon she did undight, / And from his head his heavy burgonet did light .
    Derived terms
    * lighter

    Etymology 5

    (etyl)

    Verb

  • To find by chance.
  • I lit upon a rare book in a second-hand bookseller's.
  • (archaic) To alight.
  • She fell out of the window but luckily lit on her feet.
    Synonyms
    * (find by chance) chance upon, come upon, find, happen upon, hit upon * (alight) alight, land
    Derived terms
    * light into * light out