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Definitions for encaustic
ɛnˈkɔ stɪken·caus·tic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. encausticnoun

    a paint consisting of pigment mixed with melted beeswax; it is fixed with heat after application


  1. encausticnoun

    a wax-based paint that is fixed in place by heating

  2. encausticnoun

    a painting produced using this paint


  1. encaustic

    Encaustic refers to a form of artistic technique where colored pigments are mixed with hot melted wax and then applied to a surface. The term can also refer to the process or the medium itself. The technique was notably used by ancient Greeks and Egyptians for mummy portraits. The word "encaustic" originates from the Greek word "enkaustikos," which means "to heat" or "to burn."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Encausticadjective

    prepared by means of heat; burned in

  2. Encausticadjective

    the method of painting in heated wax, or in any way where heat is used to fix the colors

  3. Etymology: [L. encausticus, Gr. , fr. to burn in; in + to burn: cf. F. encaustique. See Caustic, and cf. Ink.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Encaustic

    en-kaws′tik, adj. having the colours burned in.—n. an ancient method of painting in melted wax.—Encaustic tile, a decorative glazed and fired tile, having patterns of different coloured clays inlaid in it and burnt with it. [Fr.,—Gr.,—egkaiein, egkauseinen, in, kaiein, to burn.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of encaustic in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of encaustic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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