sealing wax


Definition of sealing wax

: a resinous composition that is plastic when warm and is used for sealing (such as letters, dry cells, or cans)

Examples of sealing wax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More horrifically, his beloved Fanny perished in 1861, when her dress caught fire, most likely from a few drops of hot sealing wax falling onto the garment. James Marcus, The New Yorker, "What Is There to Love About Longfellow?," 1 June 2020 From now on, internet replies may be expressed only via snapshots that are packaged, bound by sealing wax and mailed. Chris Barton,, "Underrated/Overrated: 'Star Wars' fans behaving badly and Neko Case's persistent wonders," 7 June 2018 Screw caps make so much more sense than corks or sealing wax and never leave a mess. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Boozy wish list for 2018: More screw caps, less wax," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sealing wax

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Sealing wax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sealing wax

: a type of wax used especially in the past for making seals on letters and documents

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