- Wane is defined as a period of decline in size or intensity.
An example of wane is the declining popularity and career of an old movie star.
- Wane means to decrease in power, size or intensity.
An example of to wane is for the visible face of the moon to appear to be gradually growing smaller over many nights, changing from a full round shape to a thin crescent shape.
intransitive verbwaned, waning
- to grow gradually less in extent: said esp. of the visible face of the moon during the phases after full moon in which the lighted portion is gradually reduced to a thin crescent on the left, as seen from the Northern Hemisphere
- to become less intense, bright, strong, etc.; grow dim or faint, as a light
- to decline in power, importance, prosperity, influence, etc.
- to approach the end: said of a period of time: the day wanes
Origin of waneMiddle English wanien ; from Old English wanian, to decrease, grow less, akin to wan, lacking: for Indo-European base see want
- the gradual decrease in the visible face of the moon after it has become full
- the time when this takes place
- a gradual decrease in power, importance, intensity, etc., esp. after a gradual climb to a peak
- a period of decline
- the beveled, defective, bark-covered edge or corner of a board or plank cut from an unsquared log or block of wood
on the wane
intransitive verbwaned waned, wan·ing, wanes
- To decrease gradually in size, number, strength, or intensity: Interest in the subject waned.
- To show a progressively smaller illuminated area, as the moon does in passing from full to new.
- To approach an end: The day began to wane.
- The act or process of gradually declining or diminishing.
- a. A time or phase of gradual decrease.b. The period of the decrease of the moon's illuminated visible surface.
- A defective edge of a board caused by remaining bark or a beveled end.
Origin of waneMiddle English wanen, from Old English wanian; see eu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- A gradual diminution in power, value, intensity etc.
- The lunar phase during which the sun seems to illuminate less of the moon as its sunlit area becomes less visible from Earth.
- (literary) The end of a period.
- (woodworking) A rounded corner caused by lack of wood, often showing bark.
- When referring to the moon or a time period, the word is found mostly in prepositional phrases like in or on the wane.
(third-person singular simple present wanes, present participle waning, simple past and past participle waned)
- (intransitive) To progressively lose its splendor, value, ardor, power, intensity etc.; to decline.
- (intransitive) Said of light that dims or diminishes in strength.
- (intransitive, astronomy) Said of the Moon as its through the phases of its monthly cycle during which its visible surface is progressively decrease.
- (intransitive) Said of a time period that comes to an end.
- (intransitive, archaic) To decrease physically in size, amount, numbers or surface.
The noun is derived from Old English wana (“defect, shortage”); the verb, from Old English wanian via Middle English wanien. Both ultimately trace to a Germanic root *wano-, compare also Dutch waan (“insanity”) and German Wahn (“insanity”) deprecated defect, Old Norse vanr (“lacking”) (> Danish prefix van-, only found in compounds), Latin vanus, Gothic (wans, “missing, lacking”), Albanian vonë (“late, futile, mentally retarded”), Armenian ունայն (unayn, “empty”), Old Saxon and Old High German wanon (“to decrease”), Modern Dutch weinig (“a few”), Modern German weniger (“less”), comparative of wenig (“few”) ("-ig" being a derivatem suffix, "-er" the suffix of comparatives).
- (Scotland, slang) A child.