from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A resinous preparation of shellac and turpentine that is soft and fluid when heated but solidifies upon cooling, used to seal letters, batteries, or jars.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Wax formerly melted onto a letter to seal it; the picture of the sender's seal was often pressed into the wax as evidence that the letter had not been opened.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A compound of the resinous materials, pigments, etc., used as a material for seals, as for letters, documents, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Shellac and rosin melted with turpentine, colored with suitable coloring matters, usually vermilion, and run into molds: used for making seals.
  • Resembling red sealing-wax: specifically said of the peculiar tips of the feathers of the waxwings. See waxwing, Ampelis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fastener consisting of a resinous composition that is plastic when warm; used for sealing documents and parcels and letters


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  • His fingers were trembling when he broke the half-coin from its restraining sealing wax in Dirk Struan's Bible and cleaned it.

    Noble House

  • Affixed to the thick flyleaf with old sealing wax were halves of two old Chinese bronze coins, crudely broken.

    Noble House

  • Clearly, once upon a time, there had been four such half-coins for there was still the imprint of the missing two and the remains of the same red sealing wax attached to the ancient paper.

    Noble House

  • A few days ago, someone had described in the "Children's Hour" how to make a reed-pipe out of a jointed wheat-stalk, or, failing that, out of a drinking straw with a blob of sealing wax at one end.

    Mrs. Miniver

  • He folded the sheet of stationery, dribbled sealing wax along its seam, and pressed his ducal seal into the warm wax.

    One Night Of Scandal


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  • Hmm, so we weren't singing about Puff and ceiling wax?

    January 26, 2008

  • It's a good thing to talk about, especially with shoes, ships, cabbages, and kings.

    January 26, 2008

  • Sealing wax was used to seal "letters close" and later (from about the 16th century) envelopes. It was also used to take the impression of seals on important documents, or to create a hermetic seal on containers. Now mainly used for decorative purposes, it was formerly used to ensure that the contents of the envelope were secure.

    January 25, 2008