- 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.
wane definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
wane definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb waned waned, wan·ing, wanes
- To decrease gradually in size, amount, intensity, or degree; decline.
- To exhibit a decreasing illuminated area from full moon to new moon.
- To approach an end.
- 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: Middle English wanen, from Old English wanian; see euə- in Indo-European roots.
wane - Phrases/Idioms
on the wane
on the wane