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Definition: Waxing kernels
(w[a^]ks), v. i. [imp. Waxed
; p. p. Waxed
Obs. or Poetic Waxen
; p. pr. & vb. n. Waxing
weaxan; akin to OFries. waxa, D. wassen, OS. & OHG. wahsan,
G. wachsen, Icel. vaxa, Sw. v["a]xa, Dan. voxe, Goth.
wahsjan, Gr. ? to increase, Skr. waksh, uksh, to grow.
[root]135. Cf. Waist
1. To increase in size; to grow bigger; to become larger or
fuller; -- opposed to wane.
The waxing and the waning of the moon. --Hakewill.
Truth's treasures . . . never shall wax ne wane.
2. To pass from one state to another; to become; to grow; as,
to wax strong; to wax warmer or colder; to wax feeble; to
wax old; to wax worse and worse.
Your clothes are not waxen old upon you. --Deut.
Where young Adonis oft reposes,
Waxing well of his deep wound. --Milton.
(Med.), small tumors formed by the
enlargement of the lymphatic glands, especially in the
groins of children; -- popularly so called, because
supposed to be caused by growth of the body. --Dunglison.