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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... 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 ... is heavier 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 ...
... 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 ... The appearance of the wax is suggestive of pāhoehoe lava, hence the name ...
... live 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 this wax ...
... 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 ...
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 suns rays;
Public opinion ripening for so long
We thought it would outlive all future days.”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)
“With pictures full, of wax and of wool,
Their livers I stick with needles quick;
There lacks but the blood to make up the flood.”
—Ben Jonson (15721637)
“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 (384322 B.C.)