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 Once a used as signature or a form of legal authentication, and later as identification as to different types of work or hobbies when pressed into sealing wax, signet rings have been long been one of the most functional rings throughout history. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 9 Oct. 2021 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, 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,, 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, 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sealing wax

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sealing wax was in the 14th century

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16 Oct 2021

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“Sealing wax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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