- Waning is defined as fading or becoming less strong or powerful.
- When the moon goes from a full moon to a crescent moon, this is an example of a time when it is waning.
- When you were extremely interested in tennis and now you are only kind of interested in tennis, this is an example of a time when your interest in tennis is waning.
The waning moon.
- The fact or act of becoming less or less intense.
- the waning of her energy
- The fact or act of becoming smaller.
- Present participle of wane.
From wane + -ing.
Variant of wane
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
waning, declining, decreasing, etc.