What is wax?

  • (noun): Any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Wax

Waxes are a class of chemical compounds that are plastic (malleable) near ambient temperatures. Characteristically, they melt above 45 °C (113 °F) to give a low viscosity liquid. Waxes are insoluble in water but soluble in organic, nonpolar solvents. All waxes are organic compounds, both synthetic and naturally occurring.

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List Of Magical Items In Fablehaven - Umite Wax Markers and Candles
... in the rain-forest in hive-like colonies and make honey and wax like bees ... Their wax is used to make candles and markers ... If you write with a marker made of their wax, you can't wipe it off, and you can only see what you wrote in the light of properly enchanted candle made from ...
Trudon
... Maison de Cire Trudon is notable as the oldest wax-producing factory worldwide ... Trudon had become the biggest wax-producing factory in the French Kingdom during the 17th and 18th century ... In 1762, in his encyclopaedia The art of the wax producer, engineer Duhamel du Monceau, praises the skills of the Trudons and gives the manufacture as an example ...
Lava Lamp
... The lamp contains blobs of colored wax inside a glass vessel filled with clear liquid the wax rises and falls as its density changes due to heating from an incandescent light bulb underneath the ... The appearance of the wax is suggestive of pāhoehoe lava, hence the name ...
Lava Lamp - Operation
... of water and a transparent, translucent or opaque mix of mineral oil, paraffin wax and carbon tetrachloride ... Common wax has a density much lower than that of water, and would float on top under any temperature ... than water (also nonflammable and miscible with wax), and is added to the wax to make its density at room temperature slightly higher than that of the water ...

More definitions of "wax":

  • (verb): Increase in phase.
    Synonyms: full
  • (verb): Cover with wax.
    Example: "Wax the car"

Famous quotes containing the word wax:

    We too had many pretty toys when young;
    A law indifferent to blame or praise,
    To bribe or threat; habits that made old wrong
    Melt down, as it were wax in the sun’s rays;
    Public opinion ripening for so long
    We thought it would outlive all future days.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    Generally, about all perception, we can say that a sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet ring without the iron or gold.
    Aristotle (384–323 B.C.)

    A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold.
    Aristotle (384–322 B.C.)